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Your London Legacy was born out of my love for London. I have travelled far and wide, and as much I get so much pleasure from seeing new places around the world, I always look forward to getting back home to London. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world, that has the same depth of history, the coming together of ancient and new cultures, fashions and religions and our hard-won freedom of speech.



London is a global leader in banking and has the highest concentration of Universities and further education in Europe. It attracts vast number of business travelers and international students, and visitors, and has some of the very best restaurants anywhere in the world.



But for all that is changing London has retained that classic element that sets it apart from every capital in the world. From the ancient icons like the Tower of London to musical phenomena such as Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has an endless supply of attractions.



But on their own, attractions tell only part of London’s incredible story. For without Londoners there would be no attractions and no story, and without Londoners, there would be no legacy. The legacy that we can all too easily take for granted as we wander round London’s ancient streets, sip coffee in her beautiful parks, share a beer with our mates in her wonderful pubs, or as we take in one the myriad of world class museums.



There are over 8 million residents in London, from the inner-city housing estate, to the urban sprawl and ever growing suburbs to the luxury of Kensington and Belgravia. No matter where Londoners live, they are all part of the wonderful melting pot that makes Londoners what they are. Unique. Young and old, rich and poor, they all have a story to tell. A story of passion, of struggle, belonging, laughter, creating, desperation, and yes sometimes loneliness and fear. London is far from perfect, but it is home and has been since the Romans settled in 50AD. And it keeps on growing year on year, so we must be doing something right.

Londoner’s are a special breed. They are about spirit and embracing changes that are constantly going on around them.



Your London Legacy tells the timeless stories of London’s hidden personalities’’ by interviewing Londoners from every walk of life, in every community. It was born out of my desire to share the legacy of Londoners with you. We all have a story to tell.



I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.

Your London Legacy Steve Lazarus • The London Podcaster

    • Places & Travel

Your London Legacy was born out of my love for London. I have travelled far and wide, and as much I get so much pleasure from seeing new places around the world, I always look forward to getting back home to London. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world, that has the same depth of history, the coming together of ancient and new cultures, fashions and religions and our hard-won freedom of speech.



London is a global leader in banking and has the highest concentration of Universities and further education in Europe. It attracts vast number of business travelers and international students, and visitors, and has some of the very best restaurants anywhere in the world.



But for all that is changing London has retained that classic element that sets it apart from every capital in the world. From the ancient icons like the Tower of London to musical phenomena such as Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has an endless supply of attractions.



But on their own, attractions tell only part of London’s incredible story. For without Londoners there would be no attractions and no story, and without Londoners, there would be no legacy. The legacy that we can all too easily take for granted as we wander round London’s ancient streets, sip coffee in her beautiful parks, share a beer with our mates in her wonderful pubs, or as we take in one the myriad of world class museums.



There are over 8 million residents in London, from the inner-city housing estate, to the urban sprawl and ever growing suburbs to the luxury of Kensington and Belgravia. No matter where Londoners live, they are all part of the wonderful melting pot that makes Londoners what they are. Unique. Young and old, rich and poor, they all have a story to tell. A story of passion, of struggle, belonging, laughter, creating, desperation, and yes sometimes loneliness and fear. London is far from perfect, but it is home and has been since the Romans settled in 50AD. And it keeps on growing year on year, so we must be doing something right.

Londoner’s are a special breed. They are about spirit and embracing changes that are constantly going on around them.



Your London Legacy tells the timeless stories of London’s hidden personalities’’ by interviewing Londoners from every walk of life, in every community. It was born out of my desire to share the legacy of Londoners with you. We all have a story to tell.



I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.

    The Monument – Join Me At One Of The City Of London’s Most Outstanding Landmarks Designed By Sir Christopher Wren To Commemorate The Great Fire Of London + Competition!

    The Monument – Join Me At One Of The City Of London’s Most Outstanding Landmarks Designed By Sir Christopher Wren To Commemorate The Great Fire Of London + Competition!

    Hello all you London Legacy Lovers, wherever in the world you are listening. Today I’ve got a real treat for you. At the end of this week’s brilliant episode I’ll be giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the most iconic landmarks in the City of London-The Monument. All you have to do is listen to the show and then follow the simple instructions that I’ll be giving—and one lucky pair will be following in the exact footsteps of Sir Christopher Wren. The tickets have been donated to Your London Legacy on behalf of The Monument and naturally we would like to give them a massive shout out right here.

    The Monument to the Great Fire of London is best known simply as The Monument and situated near the northern end of London Bridge. In this week’s fascinating episode, I had the pleasure of being taken around and up to the top of this stunning 62-meter column by the excellent friendly and accommodating City of London Guide & Welcome Host Richard Smith. Not only did we get our very own private tour, but we were also taken to a ‘secret’ part of The Monument, not normally open to the public, so we feel really very privileged indeed.

    So—settle down and follow us as we wander around a true piece of London history, and don’t forget to listen to the end to win yourself a free pair of tickets, so you too can experience this this true London gem.

    This Your London Legacy.

     “The Monument is 202 feet, 61 and a half meters tall – and the reason for that is that’s the exact distance from where the fires started.”

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    The Monument is built on the site of the first church that burned during the fire—one of many details that all stack together to make this a stunning feat of art and architecture. After you enter you’ll see font from the original church – and there are also names inscribed on the front door, six Lord Mayors of London who presided during the Monument’s construction. But also Sir Robert Viner—the King’s goldsmith who recreated the crown jewels, funded the monarchy, and also had some strange keepsakes you may hear about.

    “The city was compacted—and it was only one year after the great plague where about one third of the population died.”

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    After 311 steps you’ll find yourself with a full view of the city—a breathtaking site. The urn at the very top is gilded with gold leaf to represent the flames that burnt the city, but the Monument itself also served as a scientific instrument. Robert Hook, a 'criminally' unknown scientist and one of the founding members of the Royal Society,put in for the Monument to be a scientific instrument—being able to do pressure and pendulum experiments inside it, and it was also used as a telescope. Hook would lay down in the basement and watch through lenses all the way up the chamber.

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    The basement itself is actually a secret laboratory—and I had the privilege of going down a trap door to enter it. There are lots of Roman terracotta bricks that were used to construct its dome after the fire as they were plentiful in the rubble. It’s not open to the public but is certainly one of the great hidden places of London with a view all the way up to stars.

     

    Competition at End of Show

     

    Ok so I hope you really enjoyed today's episode as we went back in time to a period just after the great fire of London and walked in the footsteps of the legendary Sir Christopher Wren. If you want to take in the breathtaking views of London from the top of this stunning piece of classic London architecture, then all you have to do is go to www.yourlondonlegacy.com (http://www.yourlondonlegacy.com) and scroll down to the bottom. Simply add your name and email address, and one luck winner, will win a pair of tickets to The Monument. The tickets are open ended without an expiry date, so you have plenty of time to book in your visi

    • 40 min
    His Excellency Libor Secka The Ambassador of The Czech Republic On The Close Ties With The UK & His Love Of London

    His Excellency Libor Secka The Ambassador of The Czech Republic On The Close Ties With The UK & His Love Of London

    What a privilege and a pleasure it was to be given the opportunity to sit down with His Excellency Mr.LiborSecka,Ambassador of the Czech Republic in London at their fascinating Embassy building. The Czech Republic may be a modern state, but it grew from the ashes of the collapsed Austro – Hungarian Empire and its recent modern history has been quite tumultuous.

    Libor took up his position as Ambassador on 5th January 2016, having been posted in similar roles in such diverse countries as Mexico, Spain and most recently China. There are very close links between the people of the Czech Republic and the UK, especially right here in London and its quite clear that Libor and his family have a love and passion for our great city.

    It’s not every day that we get to hear the personal stories from the people who represent significant cultures that make our capital city so wonderful, so pour yourself a coffee, pull up a chair and listen in as Libor opens up on his time in London. This is Your London Legacy.

     “This was the real change – the moment of absolute change of our society.”

    4:00

    Libor has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution – something that started as a peaceful demonstration by students in Czechoslovakia in November 1989 and ended up changing the entire system of government—a new parliament and president. Libor wasn’t demonstrating at the time but saw how the revolution changed the country for the better. The first visit to London was in March 1990 – and so to commemorate the event, Libor will be celebrating with the Queen with a lunch on the same day in March 2020.

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    Czechoslovakia was established in 1918, and the first interactions with England weren’t perhaps the best. International interactions are always complex, Libor is quick to state, but during Word War II many Czech pilots flew missions based out of London, and about 350 military graves are marked around the UK including London. Libor is currently making a precise count for an initiative that will take a rose to each gravesite to show respect and gratitude.

     “We say – my home, my castle.”

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    Now the number of Czech immigrants living in London is about 10-15,000. With the Czech Republic being situated more at the center of Europe they see many travelling through – and while Libor says many citizens do go out and travel, there is definitely a longing for home; a call back to the familiarity of one’s garden and way of life that keeps many from permanently immigrating elsewhere.

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    Libor is definitely of the more adventurous sort, however. He was stationed in China before coming to London – and he warned me that he could talk for hours about his experiences there. Politics aside, he found the people and culture to be an absolute journey of discovery, and one that welcomed him with open arms. He also speaks Russian, Italian, and has even got a little German under his belt. He’s a stunning example of an ambassador – and points out that as an Ambassador, he has a lot of structured work to be done – but goes well out of his own way to create stunning events and commemorations that further bond people and cultures separated by lines drawn on a map. He’s whole heartedly dedicated to foster and improve political communication between ministries and departments regardless of what way elections and laws sway.

     

    Links

    Ambassador Page (https://www.mzv.cz/london/en/about_us/ambassador/index.html)

    Czech MFA Twitter (https://twitter.com/czechmfa?lang=fi)

    • 50 min
    His Name Really Is King George & This Young Black Gay Man From North London Won’t Allow Prejudice Or Violence To Define Him

    His Name Really Is King George & This Young Black Gay Man From North London Won’t Allow Prejudice Or Violence To Define Him

    Yes, King George is his real name. How cool is that? I can now say I’ve met royalty. Only this King George’s life is polls apart from his various namesakes of generations past.

    This King was born and raised in North London—Tottenham to be precise, and apart from its stunning new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium (home to my beloved Spurs), Tottenham is probably better known, for its poverty, riots and recent spike in knife crime.

    Yet while the violence is a real and a daily challenge for some, its certainly not what defines this enigmatic 22-year-old—as it could have done, as his face was smashed open in an unprovoked attack when he was younger. Son of first-generation immigrants, King is throwing off the perceived shackles of his background, struggling with cultural differences with his family, whilst seeking love and security in world where its hard to fit in.

    This is the story of a young black gay man working out his place in London and in life.

     “In regards to will I say I’m a gay rights activist—I’d love to be and I don’t want to use my age as an excuse but I’m still finding myself…hopefully that’s a part of my journey.”  

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    Like most of us, King has mixed feelings about his home in Tottenham—as he’s had both bad and good memories all stem from there. Growing up King found himself in a larger family and with a pro wrestler for a Dad on top of it. He was trained with his brothers in wrestling from a young age—something he grew to rebel against.

    25:40

    As he continued to grow up King experienced growing into his sexuality through all matters of encounter, some unfortunately not very pleasant—including being tricked around a corner where a group of boys attacked him for a conversation he’d had with someone else. The result was a split chin, but an appreciation for who he was as a person, as someone who doesn’t go out to try and seek harm on others. King knows he was raised right in this regard and is grateful for who he is.

     “I’m not the type of person to gang up and beat them up with a group of people…I’m only gonna defend myself because that’s what I’ve been taught.”

    31:20

    King hasn’t had it easy and still has struggles ahead—whether it be having distance put between him and certain members of his family after coming out, or dealing with unsavory roommates and their activities. Still—King has been on a BBC3 documentary which has pushed him to take himself as a personality worthy of the entertainment industry. He’s gone on to rack up a healthy following on Instagram and Youtube with his show “What are you waiting for?” He wants to push this into a magazine type show with challenges and interviews with other hosts and art attacks—a show with young and fun cohosts, so he’s set on making it happen again.

     

    King would be delighted for you to follow him along in his “Kingdom” on Instagram Twitter (https://twitter.com/IAMKINGALORE) as well.

    • 49 min
    London Bridge Terror Attack – Behind The Scenes Of A Real Incident From The Perspective Of Two Incredibly Brave Young Londoners

    London Bridge Terror Attack – Behind The Scenes Of A Real Incident From The Perspective Of Two Incredibly Brave Young Londoners

    One of my favourite sayings is ‘’Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.’’ I love this saying as it really focuses my mind on the here and now.

    The ancient Stoics called it somewhat differently with their version ‘Memento Mori’, which basically means ‘’you could leave life right now’’. Not at all in a negative way, but as a reminder that life is finite, so take advantage of every moment as you never know what awaits around the corner.

    And as we speed toward 2020, not one of us knows what lies in store in the coming days. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to allow myself an indulgent moment to cast my mind back over the last 12 months.

    I’ve met some incredible people on my travels with Your London Legacy from all walks of life, many cultures and background, and ages, and I’m incredibly grateful to each of them for sharing their valuable time with me.

    The one thing that draws them all together, is their innate inspirational quality to contribute, to add their own colour and flavour to our beautiful ever-changing city. There’s no way I could ever choose a favaourite, but in light of the second recent London Bridge terror attack I thought I’d just select my chat with Ellen and Justin as here we had two young Londoners putting themselves in harms way for all our benefit, without a moment’s thought for their own safety. Courage that was replicated a few weeks ago once again in virtually the same spot.

    As we move from Christmas festivities to welcoming another year, take a quiet moment to consider all the wonderful people in your life and wider community who make life the wonderful kaleidoscope it is today.

    I aim to bring you more inspirational guests in 2020. It may even be you.

     

    I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.

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    I want you to imagine for a minute that you are taking a stroll across London Bridge on a beautiful balmy summers evening with the love of your life by your side. Across the road, you suddenly notice what appears to be a fight taking place. In fact, you soon realize that there are three men dressed in black viciously attacking a police officer. You run over to try and help—when one of the assailants lunges at you with a large kitchen knife.

    This is not a made-up story. This is real life. This is what happened to Justin Jones and his partner Ellen Gauntlett on 3rd June 2017. Little did they know, they had stumbled straight into the middle of a terrorist attack that went on to claim the lives of 8 innocent victims while injuring and changing the lives of dozens more. Justin and Ellen are two remarkable young people whose exceptional bravery no doubt saved lives, for which they have received several special awards.

    This is the story of two ordinary but very special Londoners—and this is Your London Legacy.

    “There were just people lying on the pavement…where they’d obviously just run past and stabbed people.”

    7:08

    Ellen and Justin typically relax on weekends by taking walks or rehearsing for musicals—as they both love to sing. Back in June of 2017 they had just finished a run of a musical and were going out to celebrate Justin’s upcoming birthday. After going to a Lego exhibition on the South bank, and failing to find a restaurant they wanted to eat at, they came back across London Bridge. Not finding that restaurant would forever change their lives—as Justin noticed three men in all black assaulting a police officer on the bridge.

    Without hesitating he crossed the road to help, and that’s when one of the attackers turned a pink kitchen knife on Justin. The terrorist lunged at Justin, missing by only a foot—and then the three men ran off. It was then Ellen

    • 50 min
    Special Season: Mayflower 400 – Rotherhithe Illuminated! A Legacy Lighting Scheme To Commemorate Rotherhithe’s Key Role In The Mayflower Story

    Special Season: Mayflower 400 – Rotherhithe Illuminated! A Legacy Lighting Scheme To Commemorate Rotherhithe’s Key Role In The Mayflower Story

    In this fourth and final part of our mini-series designed to be part of the wonderful Mayflower 400 commemorations—we shine a light, literally and metaphorically, on the historic Rotherhithe on the banks of The Thames.

    This fascinating and sometimes overlooked London gem has a stunning history that dates back many centuries. Christopher Jones—the Master and part owner of the Mayflower, lived and died in Rotherhithe, and it is thought to be its final resting place before being broken up.

    In keeping with the theme of this week’s conversation, we met up with three special ladies at The Ship Pub in Rotherhithe. Clare Armstrong, Pauline Adenwaller and Michele Page-Jones are driving forward a community led holistic lighting scheme called Rotherhithe Illuminated, with the intention of enhancing nighttime views of some of the areas most and historic sites—from St Mary’s Church, Thames Tunnel Mills, Brunel’s Engine House, as well as the Mayflower Public House and the figurines on The Old School House.

    The project will deliver a permanent Mayflower legacy for Rotherhithe, which perfectly compliments the wonderfully inspiring voyage taken 400 years ago. This your London Legacy

     “I think some people having twice set out and having to come back lost their resolve. You squeezed more people on one ship than should have been.”

    4:20

    Rotherhithe was the home of Captain, or Master Christopher Jones. He was an exporter of wool and imported wine—his last cargo before sailing for the new world was all wine. His three children were baptized in the church in Rotherhithe and when he set out on the Mayflower the ship was full of other traders looking to find better life and better trade—specifically beaver pelts, a hot commodity back in the 1600s.

    12:50

    The Mayflower met up with the Speedwell in August of 1620, but that ship was felled by leaks and eventually the passengers all packed onto the Mayflower. This kicked off a perilous journey that we know of from a journal kept by William Bradford. This includes a famous story of John Hammond falling overboard, but barely managing to hold onto a rope and pull himself up in the terrible seas the ship was subject to—a tale called The Boy Who Fell Overboard.

    14:50

    Upon returning in 1621, with an empty ship, the Mayflower was left to rot on the foreshore—and Captain Jones died only a year later in 1622 and buried in St. Mary’s church. A sad end to a harrowing tale that has gone on to affect the lives of millions and change the geopolitical landscape across the globe.

     “It will make people feel proud…and what used to be called civic pride about the area they live in.”

    However, Michele,Clare, and Pauline are set on making sure this tale gets commemorated not only during the Mayflower 400 celebrations, but for years to come. Their lighting project “Illuminate Rotherhithe” sets out to accentuate architecture and monuments in such a way that the features that played a part in this tale stand out at night to be seen by all. It is a celebration of Rotherhithe’s maritime history that includes educational components for children to help tell the story that many in the city still aren’t familiar with.

     

    The trio are still fundraising for the project and I’d highly encourage you to visit the program’s website to find out how you can take part and see this wonderful project and celebration come to life and you can make a donation here at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rotherhithe-illuminated (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rotherhithe-illuminated)

     

    Links

    SE16.RI@gmail.com (mailto:SE16.RI@gmail.com)

    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rotherhithe-illuminated (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rotherhithe-illuminated)

     

    • 45 min
    Special Season: Mayflower 400 – Top American Chefs Jerome Grant & Justin Walker Share Their Passion For The Joy Of Thanksgiving

    Special Season: Mayflower 400 – Top American Chefs Jerome Grant & Justin Walker Share Their Passion For The Joy Of Thanksgiving

    In part three of this special miniseries focusing on the historic sailing of the Mayflower from our shores to America 400 years ago, we focus on the heart-warming story, known in every American home to this day – as Thanksgiving.

    After a grueling 66-day journey at sea the Mayflower and its passengers finally reached the New World November 21, 1620. They suffered terribly from sickness and by the end of the first winter 50 of the 102 passengers lost their lives.

    However, the settlers soon built a strong relationship with the native Indian Wampanoag tribe who taught them to hunt and grow crops. In the autumn of 1621, a bumper harvest was achieved, and a three-day feast was celebrated, which to this day is known as the first Thanksgiving.

    Just before Thanksgiving a few weeks ago I met up with two American Chefs Jerome Grant and Justin Walker.

    Chef Jerome is Executive Chef at Sweet Home Café at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and Chef Justin Executive Chef at Walkers Maine. Both flew over as part of the Thanksgiving Culinary Diplomacy programme, in partnership with the US Embassy in London, and began their tour in Rotherhithe where we met up. Later that afternoon after a Sunday roast at the Mayflower Pub, I caught up with them to find out what Thanksgiving means to them today.

    This is Your London Legacy.

     

    Justin Walker:

    “I was sort of born into it—my grandfather was a cook in the US Army during WWII, and when I was a kid I would spend every Thanksgiving preparing food.”

    4:00

    Justin grew up in Lake Placid New York and attended college in Vermont, interestingly enough with a focus on competitive skiing. He jokes that they don’t have ski teams at culinary school, but once he settled that he wasn’t going to race professionally he settled into expanding his cooking abilities.

    After moving to Main he met his wife in 2000 and at the time she was a waitress in the restraint he worked at. History is an important part of their family, as his wife can trace her lineage back to Devon England, and her family came over to the United States in 1627. 

    Justin finds that tradition lies at the heart of Thanksgiving, and each family has their own—with his own making octopus for their son on Christmas eve. Justin and his wife now have their own restraint where the close down on Thanksgiving to volunteer and give back to the community—a true embodiment of the holiday if there ever was one. He’s excited to share traditions and pick up on new ones while travelling around our lovely city.

    Jerome Grant:

    “It all started off with my mother and my grandmother. The backbones of our family—always watching them cook, always enjoying a meal with them.”

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    Jerome started off flipping burgers and making pizzas – learning the ins and out of the kitchens in his teens, going to culinary school, and eventually jumping on a flight to St. Croix to work on a beach resort. He soon became the chef there at the age of 21 and pulled a lot of long days and weeks as he dove headfirst into the culinary world.

    Jerome sees cooking as a constant giving—it’s not about cooking to the best of his ability for himself, but it’s to create a snapshot for someone else, becoming a part of someone else’s memory. Over the last ten years he has delved into museum dining with a large focus on cultural dishes. Figuring out how to showcase those cultures in edible exhibits makes Jerome a perfect chef to come to our city to learn more of our styles of cooking and share them back in the United States.

     

    Links

    Walker’s Maine Restaurant (http://walkersmaine.com/about/)

    Jerome Grant (https://twitter.com/chefjeromegrant)

     

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Customer Reviews

BobAnkney ,

Informative, educational and just plain fun!

Thanks Steve for such an outstanding podcast.
Truly a great from the greatest city in the world.
Keep up the great work mate.

drmartinezlewi ,

Your London Legacy - Exceptional, Insightful, Entertaining

I am so fortunate to find Your London Legacy. I have loved London ever since I visited there for the first time. Although I live in the U. S. , I feel a deep affinity with the culture, art, architecture, cuisine, writers who make up this enchanting experience. The interviews by the host of this tremendous show are done by Steve Lazarus, a gifted, bright, warm host and creator of Your London Legacy. I feel like I am right there with him and his guests, enjoying and learning each moment and waiting for the next adventure!

nyvicki ,

So interesting!

I live in the states, but love London and it’s history. Learning a lot and enjoying this podcast.

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