1000 Londoners

Ted in is and is Chelsea Pensioner.

Meet Ted, a Chelsea Pensioner and self pronounced ‘naughty boy’! How to enjoy life after service is a perennial question for our armed forces, but Ted has found the answer. Visitors to London’s stylish Chelsea neighbourhood may have seen these dignified former servicemen and women padding up and down the King’s Road, or in the stands at the cup final at Wembley. Ted is a real Londoner (with an eye for mischief) enjoying a palatial retirement in the heart of the London establishment at the Royal Hospital.

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Questions & Answers

  • What's your first memory of London? My first memory of London was during the war. I was born in 1942 and the war started when I was 3 years old.
  • What do you miss when you're away from London? The fish and chips, the pie and mash, the hustle and bustle of London and the banter.
  • What's your favourite neighbourhood? Peckham, because that’s where I grew up and it’s Dell Boy country.
  • What's your favourite building? Royal Hospital Chelsea.
  • What's your ideal day out in London? Visit to the Black Museum in Scotland Yard.
  • What's your ideal night out in London? Leicester Square, eating, drinking and the cinema. Everything goes on around there.
  • What's your most hated building? I don't really have one.
  • What's the best view in London? From Trafalgar Square up the Mall.
  • What's your favourite open space? Hyde Park.
  • What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? Chelsea Pensioners Club
  • What's the most interesting shop? Covent Garden market.
  • What's been your most memorable night out in London? The opening of Kensington Palace last year.
  • How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? I’d love to walk round the Churchill War Rooms.
  • Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? Leicester Square.
  • What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Driving through Brixton in horrendous traffic. Every time I go to my sister's in Streatham Vale it’s awful traffic.
  • What's your personal London landmark? Buckingham House.
  • Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Dell Boy.
  • What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? Alfie (the Michael Caine version).
  • If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? The Georgian times, because everyone was polite and I like the old films with the gentleman all smartly dressed.
  • For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? The Queen.
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