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LONDONER...
YOMI ADEGOKE

This month, we quizzed award-winning journalist and author Yomi Adegoke on her favourite London places and things. Adegoke is everywhere at the moment, and for good reason. Her debut novel The List struck a chord with the city and indeed the world, becoming an instant Sunday Times bestseller. Most recently, she was made an honouree of GQ's Men of the Year 2023. But do you know where she grew up, or her secret hot spots in the capital?

IN CONVERSATION

Yomi Adegoke

TL: Where is home for you?
YA: Thornton Heath (yes, Croydon is in London thank you very much!)

TL: What was your first job in the city?
YA: At Channel 4 News, on Grays Inn Road.

TL: What's the last play you saw?
YA: Death of England at The National Theatre.

TL: And the last exhibition?
YA: Filling in the Pieces in Black at Saatchi Gallery, curated by the lovely June Sarpong.

TL: What's your London secret?
YA: Opera Holland park - it's a marquee for open-air opera performances in the park that only opens during the summer (and a very cute date night). 

What makes someone a Londoner?

Seeing something absolutely unhinged unfolding on the tube and not batting an eyelid 

Yomi Adegoke

Favourite Things

TL: What’s your favourite pub?
YA: Prince of Peckham

TL: Favourite building in London?
YA: I think the Southbank centre is underrated - always something to do and it's super accessible 

TL: Bicycle, bus, taxi, or tube?
YA:
Tube, but the best way to get around London is walking surely! 

TL: And favourite tube line is...?
YA: Victoria Line, always.

Last Thoughts on... The Londoner

Aside from the perfect location and second to none service, my favourite thing about The Londoner is the smart toilets - truly the apex of modern technology!