1000 Londoners

Philip in is and is Tailor.

Philip Child is a 5th generation tailor. His family owned tailor shop W.G. Child & Sons has been based in Wandsworth for over 100 years. Born into a family of tailors he decided to become one himself, and trained at the London College of Fashion.

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Questions & Answers

  • What's your first memory of London? Being taken to the local shops by Mum
  • What do you miss when you're away from London? The buzz. vibrancy. life. Been a londoner all my life. I love being in a place where things are going on- hate the countryside.
  • What's your favourite neighbourhood? Along the embankment to the West End. I feel more alive when I'm there
  • What's your favourite building? St. Paul's. I love seeing it along the skyline, especially from the Tate. It strikes a cord and stood the test of 2 world wars.
  • What's your ideal day out in London? Getting out into London. Riding through the parks on Boris Bikes. Going to Soho for Italian food; Pasta and wine on a good day.
  • What's your ideal night out in London? I enjoy the Royal albert hall; Classical music, jazz
  • What's your most hated building? There was a really grim black office block in Colliers wood south wimbledon - although it's gone now.
  • What's the best view in London? From Tate modern or the top of the London Eye
  • What's your favourite open space? Hyde Park - When the grass has grown it's super chilled
  • What's the most interesting shop? Mine. W.G. Childs. It's got a character. Makes working pleasurable
  • What's your favourite place to hang out? Any pub with decent beer and a few mates
  • What's been your most memorable night out in London? A mate had a nightclub in the West End with a night called Platinum parties... I was at college and invited all the modelling students. Me and a mate with 12 models went in and the club stopped. I was 18
  • How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? Walking around London and discovering new places.
  • Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Anywhere in West London. There's so much to see and entertain.
  • What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? From Wandsworth to Walthamstow by car
  • What's your personal London landmark? The church I worship at.
  • Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Sherlock Holmes
  • What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger.
  • If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? I'd go forward a 100 years. A lot of it will still will be the same, I think transport will be different. I hope it remains a vibrant city.
  • For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? Churchill - he was in London throughout war. He was brave, a clever politician and saved the place.