This podcast originally appeared on BBC Radio.
When you land in London in late April and find pure sunshine, no wind or rain at all, just giddy people running around in Tee shirts and short trousers, laughing and holding hands, escaping for ice cream and flopping on park benches or any patch of green to be found, you begin to wonder if the tube you took from Heathrow has brought you to some magical kingdom.
And perhaps it is . . . a magical kingdom where a royal prince and his new princess will give birth to their first little baby at any moment now behind the fairytale doors of Frogmore Cottage; where an ale and a pie can satisfy the most roaring appetite; and where an unknown writer from California gets dubbed “an unsung Londoner” for the day.
Robert Elms, himself a lifelong-London writer and broadcaster, hosts BBC Radio London, a daily three-hour “celebration of every aspect of this tumultuous city: art, architecture, history, movies, shopping, drinking, and dining; all carried out to a soundtrack of music for grown ups” (i.e., classic rock).
If you’d like to check out our fun conversation about London as a global village and some of the narrators–including one very funny Londoner–in MY JOB: More People at Work Around the World, please tune in!
Our interview begins at 16:50.