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MY LONDON

GREG JAMES

The Radio 1 Breakfast show presenter has
his eye on Sir Christopher Wren’s house and fancies a snoop around MI6 as James Bond

Home is…

Kentish Town, with my wife, Bella, and our really stupid rescue labrador, Barney.

What shops do you rely on?

Daunt Books because it’s so calming and you feel 10 per cent more intelligent just by walking around it. It does a great scheme where you gift someone a book a month for a year. I bought that for everyone I love last Christmas. I’m trying to buy fewer clothes but of better quality, so Slowear Venezia in Marylebone is somewhere I go for a few special items.


Daunt Books

Last play you saw?

I took my 11-year-old niece to Les Misérables. It was the opening night for a brand new cast — the whole thing was so impressive. Except for the miserable person in front of us who, when I went to the toilet at the interval, decided to shout at my niece for eating Maltesers.

If you could buy any building and live in it, which would it be?

49 Bankside, directly across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral. A plaque says Sir Christopher Wren lived there — apparently he rowed across the river every day when he was overseeing construction of the cathedral. Nonsense, but it makes for a nice story. I love the river and this house has one of the best views in the world.

49 Bankside

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I’d like to think I’d come up with some multi-million pound schemes to create opportunities for young people in deprived areas. But I’d more than likely waste most of the day using my new pass to get into MI6 to have a look round and pretend to be James Bond.

Favourite TV show?

I rotate between the UK and US Office, I'm Alan Partridge and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is currently helping me get through this pandemic.

Larry David

What makes someone a Londoner?

Anyone who lives here unselfishly and wholeheartedly. By that I mean being active and helpful in your local community. If your second or third home’s here, you aren’t a Londoner. You’re probably a monster.

Best meal you’ve had?

Most recently at Delamina, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Marylebone. Can’t wait to return when we get back to normal and gorge on its hummus.

Delamina, Marylebone

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

My breakfast show team. We’re all so deliriously tired most of the time that it can get a little ridiculous when we go out.

Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you?

‘I f***ing hate the BBC.’ Before he promptly reeled off 10 things that he loved. All of which were on the BBC.

Where would you most like to be buried?

Scatter me at The Oval, please. I spent most of my childhood watching cricket there with my dad. We still go as much as we can. It’s a very happy place for me.

The Oval

What are you up to at the moment for work?

Carrying on the Radio 1 Breakfast show during a pandemic has certainly been an enormous challenge. The final instalment in our [with Chris Smith] children’s book series, Kid Normal, has taken up most of my year. Getting to meet thousands of young readers up and down the country pre-Covid was an unexpected joy.

What do you collect?

Parking tickets. It’s taken me a year to realise I’ve been entering a zero instead of the letter O into the stupid parking app and I’ve been getting tickets every time.