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Tim Lott

Published: 15th August 2016

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Tell us about this new project you are involved in?

I have just been commissioned to write the follow up to my first novel, ‘White City Blue’ – 20 years after it was published. I am also continuing to teach creative writing on a one-to-one basis with Guardian Masterclasses.

What was your favourite place to visit in London as a kid and why?

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Virgin Records, Notting Hill Gate in the 1970s via

Virgin Records – the first one – in Notting Hill Gate. They gave out free meals and sweets and you could slouch around on floor cushions listening to whatever you liked for free.


Where in the UK would you recommend to another family?

London Big Ben

London, of course. The variety is not literally infinite – but it feels like it is. None of my four children have ever expressed a wish to move to a small provincial town anyway. They’ve got hold of the idea that it might be a bit dull.


What would be your perfect day out with the family?

City Cruise Elvis Tribute CruiseA private river cruise on the Thames on a sunny day with a food hamper from Fortnum’s.


Name three place you love going to with your kids:

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Ducks by the Serpentine

  1. The Southbank – just wandering from Borough Market to Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tate Modern and the National Theatre
  2. Feeding the ducks at the Serpentine followed by a visit to the Serpentine Galleries
  3. Swimming in the mixed pond on Hampstead Heath


Best place to catch a film?

Lexi Cinema

KidRated loves The Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise

The Lexi, Kensal Rise, London’s only charity cinema.


Bus, tube or taxi?

black taxiTaxi if possible please.


Give us a tip, some advice or a London life-hack…

If you are over 45 claim the discount for senior citizens at all attractions, Youthful ticket office staff usually can’t tell the difference or are too embarrassed to protest.

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