My Favourite Londoner archive

To help celebrate our 40th anniversary we want to know who your favourite Londoner is. To help inspire you we've gathered together some highlights from our much-loved My Favourite Londoner interview series

Bill Brewster on Jeff Dexter'I guess he’s like a Rob Da Bank-type figure, only more so'
Denis Lawson on Dan Crawford

'He had this incredible enthusiasm that was almost scary, jumping up and down'

Bob Stanley on Geoffrey Fletcher
'He was obsessed with London and believed that "a man can do everything better in London" '

Lucinda Hawksley on Kate Dickens
'She defied popular Victorian morality and did as she pleased'

Sandi Toksvig on Hannah Snell
'A lad, known as "Hearty Jimmy", announced that "he" was actually a "she" '

Bez on Kate Moss'She’s a rock ’n’ roller, a proper working-class girl, and she knows how to have fun'
Laura Michelle Kelly on Vivienne Westwood
'She is the queen of fashion and we should be proud of her'
Serena Rees on Jane Birkin'Serge Gainsbourg and Jane were really chic, effortlessly stylish'

Mark Powell on Bobby Moore
'He was immaculate: he always looked well groomed both on and off the pitch'

Richard Bacon on Mark Thomas
'Mark Thomas is more activist than satirist: he gets his hands dirty'

Kate Williams on Emma Hamilton

'Her dramatic story shows us eighteenth-century London in all its grandeur'

Stephen Harwood on Dan Farson'He was charming and generous during the day, but an absolute bastard by nightfall'Karl Pilkington on Samuel Pepys'Pepys used to write down all the rude stuff he’d been up to in Spanish, French and Italian'

Griff Rhys Jones on Alfred Hitchcock
'He established the absolute essence of a talking film: where the camera is a character' Stewart Lee on Evan Parker'Evan Parker gigs are the ones I take sceptics to when I want to convince them that free jazz is worth the investment'

Howard Marks on Tracy Emin

'She wished guys would start sticking their hands between her legs'Maggot on Michael Winner'If I’m playing a gig on a Sunday, there’ll be a copy of the Sunday Times, open at Michael’s page' Isabella Blow on Alexander McQueen
'He altered the way we walk. His influence is monumental'2008 | 2007 | 2006