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MY LONDON

JOE LYCETT

Everyone’s favourite comedian house-shares with an Oscar-winner, soaks up long lunches on Maltby Street and lets loose at The Glory

Home is…

Birmingham but I spend half my time in London so I rent an attic room in Peckham from my friend’s mum, the [Oscar-winning] costume designer Jenny Beavan. Peckham’s become gentrified but retained its character. I’m not a fan of north London. It’s a pretend town. Swimming in a pond? F*** off, that’s not real life.

Which shops do you rely on?

I’m a sucker for the London Graphic Centre. My most recent purchase was lino printing materials. I also love James Smith & Sons Umbrellas. I find it very reassuring, like going back in time.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

Right now, my bathroom. I’ve just had it done up and I bought a £2,500 bath. My Brummie builder, a brilliant guy called JP, said: ‘It’s just a very expensive bucket.’ But it’s [does chef’s kiss].

Best meal you’ve had?

Any meal at 40 Maltby Street in Bermondsey. I’ve been going there for a decade, well before it was popular. I’ve spent many happy afternoons there at long lunches that just roll on. I order wine in bulk from them because wine from other places is piss by comparison.

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

Sort out Grenfell and get justice for the people who are still hugely impoverished by what happened there.

Where would you recommend for a first date?

A wander around Soho, ending up at The French House for drinks. I don’t like how Soho has become one big member’s club but there are still great bits.

Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you?

‘Are you Clare Balding?’ Another one said: ‘I’ve never heard of you but I’ll watch you on YouTube tonight and tweet you if I think you’re shit.’

Where do you go to let your hair down?

East London. I love The Glory and all the gay clubs around Dalston. To the east for the fun!

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

Aisling Bea is a reliable partner in crime. Otherwise, I’ll just rope in a series of drag queens.


The most iconic Londoner?

Bert the chimney sweep, from
Mary Poppins.

What was the best comedy gig you ever saw?

A surprise Eddie Izzard set at The Comedy Store. I was doing an open spot, watching from the side of the stage, thinking: ‘F*** me, I’ve got to follow this.’

What’s your favourite comedy venue to play?

Always Be Comedy at The Tommyfield in Kennington.
It’s a very special night.

What makes someone
a Londoner?


The Brummie in me wants to say, ‘Being a tosser.’ I always think of Londoners as being like Withnail — a bit of a f***-up who’s up for having a pint in the rain at any given hour.

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

Buckingham Palace. Let’s not f*** about. I’d pretend to be the Queen, all day, every day.

What’s your London secret?

If you’re getting a train from Euston, go to Nando’s online and order for collection 15 minutes before the train departs. Get to the station, grab the bag and have a Nando’s on the train. Magic.

‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’ airs Thursdays, 8pm, on Channel 4