Welcome back to last week’s last Londoner’s Diary. Today, Skunk Anansie singer Skin says it’s not necessarily bad to see smart hipsters in Brixton as Soho House opens a new venture in Brixton. Later, Shaun Ryder tells us about his honey habit, and Munroe Bergdorf wonders in the notion of a trans James Bond. In SW1A, Michael Cockerell recalls an eyebrow interview with ex-premier Ted Heath.
11:35 , Robbie Smith
SKIN, the Brixton-raised Skunk Anansie singer, says she feels optimistic about private member club Soho House, which is opening an offshoot studio in the area this week, despite concerns about the ever-growing gentrification movement.
“Soho House Brixton … gentrification is now complete,” singer Denai Moore told his Twitter followers, but Skin says it’s not a bad thing to see an increase in “trendy people” and “hipsters.”
“They are much better I would say than many kinds of private member clubs … They are quite funky. It is important to say that if Brixton does not change, it will become obsolete, ”she adds.
Meanwhile, Labor MP and lifelong Brixton resident Florence Eshalomi is cautiously optimistic. She remembers her friends avoiding Brixton when she was younger, and hopes even more investment will lead to more visitors.
“I hope Jay Z and Beyoncé are in town – saw them yesterday – they should come to Brixton,” she says. But the MP tells us that it is important that the Soho House brand is not completely exclusive and does their best to engage with the local community and support local artists.
Nevertheless, she does not rush with it, citing her £ 82,000 salary as the reason for it. “I actually do not think I can afford membership.”
17:23 , Robbie Smith
TENNIS -esset Boris Becker posed with girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho at Golden Vines fine dining at Mayfair’s Annabels. Actors Rosie Day and David Jonsson also joined the festivities. Across the city, actress Helena Bonham Carter and musician Bobby Gillespie cut gothic figures as they were hosted by designer brands The Vampire’s Wife and Cave Things at the Royal Albert Hall, where they saw performances by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
16:23 , Emily Prescott
NADINE DORRIES says that taking the cloak of the Minister of Culture meant that she was forced to give up the soothing tones of Classic FM early and listen to the news via the program Today instead. But she came up with a solution and she’s back to the good things: her Alexa is ready to switch back to Classic FM from 8.30 every morning. Bliss.
DOCUMENTARY MAKER Michael Cockerell counts Ted Heath among his most attempted interviewees. “Do you have the usual list of boring questions?” Heath asked. Cockerell, whose book Unmasking Our Leaders runs the spectrum from Heath to Thatcher, asked afterwards if the questions were really boring. “Oh yes, and infinitely more irrelevant.” Heath responded. Ouch.
Bergdorf: It’s time for a trans Bond
15:23 , Emily Prescott
Munroe Bergdorf tells us that Carrie Johnson’s support for the LGBTQ + community must be backed up by the actions of her Prime Minister husband. “I want to see people walk … we’re about 30 years behind gay rights movements, so you know we have a long way to go,” said the model and activist. A proposal to improve visibility: a trans Bond. “Everyone can be Bond, so why not? I think several different kinds of bonds would be a great way to continue the franchise. “Listen, listen.
Ryder’s new habit is surpassing all areas
14:23 , Robbie Smith
Happy Monday singer Shaun Ryder tells us that even though he has stopped using hard drugs, he still has an addictive personality. For example, in an attempt to get healthy, he cut out sugar but was left with a new vice. “Everything I do, I do too much,” he told us before launching his memoir How To Be a Rock Star, explaining, “I ended up on the Manuka honey and just ate jars of it.” It’s a way to get a sum.