Kylei Holmes-Lewis firefighter for the London Fire Brigade
‘If I’ve had a hard day, or there’s been an upsetting incident, talking things through with my mum or a friend really helps me switch off. The one thing that always helps me get to sleep is having an epsom salts bath – there’s no better way to relax.’
Mike Arnold executive chef at Temper
‘The only thing that really affects my sleep in terms of work is when there is an issue with the food – that keeps me awake sometimes. To switch off after a stressful day, I sometimes eat in someone else’s restaurant. It helps me realise things aren’t all bad at Temper!’
Gary Hepburn TfL bus driver
‘The thing that really helps is switching off. I switch off with model making – painting Airfix tanks and planes. It’s something I’ve rediscovered from my childhood with my son, and it helps a lot with unwinding. I also practise taekwondo in my spare time.’
Becca Moore assistant stage manager at the National Theatre
‘I’ve struggled with sleeping in the past, especially when running a stage in the evenings – you get such an adrenaline rush. I can’t sleep in silence, so I listen to music. Any kind played quietly will do, but [pianist] Ludovico Einaudi relaxes me most.’
Now meet more incredible Londoners with unique jobs
If you think driving a train is straightforward, think again. Lara Balogun has been driving up and down the Jubilee line for two decades and helps keep the tube running like clockwork.
Tim Rooke has travelled all over the world taking pictures of the royal family, including the Queen and Princess Diana.
Persuading busy people to stop, chat and donate to a good cause isn’t the easiest of jobs, but Enda Muldoon takes it all in his stride.
Spending every day with a dog would be a dream job for many, but Victoria Martin is hard at work detecting firearms at Gatwick with her spaniel Teddy.
Gary Fuller studies the air pollution in the capital and the worrying impact it’s having on the lifespan of the average Londoner.
Memuna Sowe delivers the babies of homeless women and asylum seekers, who are often too fearful to approach authorities.
Running London’s biggest adult ball pit, Wenny Armstrong has the job we could’ve only dreamed of when we were children.
After a major incident, support worker Daniel Bygrave plays a vital role helping victims through the trauma of experiencing an attack.
By adding seconds to green lights and heading out to stare at traffic signals, Katy O’Sullivan stops the road network grinding to a halt.
Heading up a central London branch of Maccy D’s, Roberta Maciuleviciute has no shortage of stories about the people who step through the fast food chain’s doors.
Chris Skaife has devoted his life to the ravens that call the Tower of London home.
Diving into the murky waters of the river, Alex Bonato helps keep the city safe by disposing of old bombs and mines.
Helping children across the road in Stoke Newington, Donna Thorpe has become a beloved pillar of the local community.
Working at the London Dungeon, Carmen Flynn can often be found covered in blood, sweat and buboes, giving audiences a fright.
Looking after a bee colony in Bermondsey, Dale Gibson says that cities are sanctuaries for our bumbling friends.
Working in HMP Pentonville, Officer Byfield-Johnson aims to make sure prisoners are ready to face the world when they’re released.
As the manager of a Soho sex shop, Ian Squibb notes that the job isn’t quite as much of a turn-on as you might expect.