1. The Roundhouse. London's most iconic and best music venue. I have my name on the wall
Great to see Rog's name up on the wall of fame at @RoundhouseLDN commemorating the '77 punk explosion pic.twitter.com/Lj5b4IkhJF— MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) July 18, 2017
and an article on their anniversary website, but even if I didn't it would still be number one for me. The venue changed my life the night I saw the Ramones there in 1977. I was honoured to be interviewed by Absolute Radio about this earlier in the year. This year we saw the Beat and The Selecter there and it was an awesome gig, with much merriment in the bar after. Only in London could an old clapped out train shed be transformed into the worlds greatest venue. That is what we do in London.
Remember when the Ramones played @RoundhouseLDN in 1977?@Barneteye & @ellmo54 were there.— Absolute Radio (@absoluteradio) August 27, 2017
We reunited them at the venue 40 years on! pic.twitter.com/z51pRhQhE4
2. Blackfriars Station. There are many great railway stations in the world. If you'd asked me five years ago I'd have said that my fave was St Pancras, which is a truly awesome building and a fantastic place, becoming a venue and destination in it's own right and part of the greater regeneration of the Kings Cross area. However, it has been supplanted as my favourite station by Blackfriars. It doesn't have the shops, the piano's, the champagne bar or the grand Gothic Facade. It is a functional station with a Costa Coffee on Platform two. How could it possible surpass St Pancras. Well show me another City with a station with this view.
Blackfriars - The station with the best view in the world pic.twitter.com/y90FOJnJwL— Roger Tichborne/RogT (@Barneteye) August 19, 2017
3. Sadly, the next stop on my list is not long of this world. HS2 will destroy it. I am not anti change, but I really think that when large schemes are conceived they should put more effort into preserving the things that matter in our city. The Bree Louise is an amazing Real ale pub, with dozens of Ales available and a unique atmosphere. The beer is good and CAMRA members get a discount. What is not to love? It will be going in January. To quote Aritha Franklin in Save Me "These tears of mine, they are justified".
Lambeth Bridge. A joyous view today pic.twitter.com/Lum2mJXOa5— Roger Tichborne/RogT (@Barneteye) May 15, 2014
5. Borough Market.
I love Borough Market. London has a few food courts, but I think Borough is the best. It ain't cheap but it is amazing. A place I always take friends to. I love the little free samples, the Rake pub, the hog roast, the fishmongers and the beer stall. A liver, bacon and onions bagette at Maria's cafe is a real treat.
London old and new. The Borough Market in the shadow of the Shard pic.twitter.com/ZKPtDURhin— Roger Tichborne/RogT (@Barneteye) December 3, 2014
lunch at Marias cafe in Borough Market pic.twitter.com/BsJSfeCOCa— Roger Tichborne/RogT (@Barneteye) October 3, 2014
6. St Pauls Cathedral
This is such an immense and dominating feature of London. The NAZI's tried to destroy it and failed. Sir Christopher Wren designed it as a Church and did not want statues of generals in it. It was the centre of the Occupy protests. A Temple of Worship in the centre of Mammon (The City). I wrote a song about this conflicted building. To me it makes London. This week we had the Grenfell Tower memorial service there. I can think of nowhere in the world that really could have done that justice in the way St Pauls did. It is unique. I am not really sure whether I love St Pauls or hate it, architecturally, I don't think I'll ever really know, but I would want nothing else on the site.
7. The British Library. This is a real gem, the books of antiquity are simply amazing. Last year they had the punk exhibition, which was fantastic. It is free and if you have a free half an hour on the way home, have a look in. You may find you miss your train though.
8. The Victoria and Albert Museum. London has more than it's fair share of amazing museums, but the V&A is unique. It could only be in London. I used to hate it when I was a kid, preferring the science museum, a far more "boy" place. However the Bowie exhibition blew me away. It is a museum for grown ups.
9. The Houses of Parliament.
If ever you get the chance to visit, grasp it with both hands. The mother of all parliaments, with all manner of quirky stories, such as the plaque to the suffragets who spent the night in a cupboard, so they could give the houses of parliament as their address in the census. I had a film shown there, which is one of the prouder moments of my life. It is steeped in history of our nation.
10. BBC Radio London. A truly unique station. Presenters such as Robert Elms and Garry Crowley present shows which give a flavour or our city and its culture and residents that are unlike anything, anywhere else I've experienced. Robert Elms has all manner of quirky features, from architecture to listed Londoners to notes and queries, with a whole range of music of note. Garry Crowley gives a different perspective on music and the characters who have made London the cultural hub of planet Earth. I was discussing the station with a friend recently and I was trying to explain why it is my station of choice. I think it can be summed up as the most interesting thing that you can listen to on the radio.
We live in a unique City. I feel blessed to live here. There are many great cities, but London is unique and we really should appreciate how lucky we are to live here.