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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.

    Lee Hallman Head Of Design Qatari Diar Europe Is Transforming The Way Future Generations Will Enjoy London’s Stunning Architecture

    Lee Hallman Head Of Design Qatari Diar Europe Is Transforming The Way Future Generations Will Enjoy London’s Stunning Architecture

     


    London is a city world-renowned for its architecture; from old to new, traditional to contemporary, art deco to gothic, and many styles in between—there are hundreds of great buildings in the capital.


    This week’s fascinating guest, Lee Hallman, is currently Head of Design at Qatari Diar Europe, based in the heart of Mayfair.


    Previously Head of Design at Candy & Candy and Senior Partner at Foster & Partners, Lee has played pivotal design roles in a wide array of London based projects, which recently include the 13 acre Chelsea Barrack development in Belgravia, plus the transformation of the former US Embassy on Grosvenor Square into a five star Rosewood Hotel. Lee is also involved with the expansion of the former 2012 Olympic Village into a new residential quarter and the development of Southbank Place opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Thames.


    Building development and architecture never sits still in London, and Lee is at the forefront of how our beautiful city will feel and look for generations to come


    “California virtually didn’t exist on written form, on map form at the same time as this building.”


    10:14


    Lee is very much clued into the overlap of architectural design and human psychology, as considering what spaces feel like and how they affect people is crucial to the success of a development plan. He works with designers that help create textures and emotions in spaces that hone in on certain feelings while he admits that not every architect is overly concerned with the human psychological component. In one of his designs Lee wanted people in two towers to have to pass and interact with people that were in totally different buildings, so the design combined the shared spaces for over 500 apartments at a middle roof terrace level.


    Lee’s favorite part of the design process is the assemblage of something new and combing the stories and histories of the buildings carried on as they are redesigned so they can be referenced for the generations to come.


    “The structural engineer for the US Embassy project—he said the test of a good project is, at the end of it, if you want to show it to your grandchildren.”


    1:05:50


    Lee finds that London is able to have its wonderful complexity due to constraints – constraints of having to tie in the history of older buildings and having certain areas well considered into zones that help distinguish areas. This allows a rich tapestry of architecture and master planning to be laid out. Lee knows that design affects people not just in the moment of passing by a building, but in the day to day interactions with it as well.


    You can take in both London and Lee’s legacy by simply walking around London – or even think about moving to QatariDiar.com (https://www.qataridiar.com/English/Pages/default.aspx)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Former Cabinet Minister Author & Prison Reformer Jonathan Aitken Is Best Known For His Public Fall From Grace & Imprisonment. This Is His Spiritual Story Of Repentance & Commitment To A New Life.

    Former Cabinet Minister Author & Prison Reformer Jonathan Aitken Is Best Known For His Public Fall From Grace & Imprisonment. This Is His Spiritual Story Of Repentance & Commitment To A New Life.

    In 1999 Former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken was convicted of perjury at The Old Bailey in a famous and widely reported case. His political career in ruins, he received an 18-month prison sentence starting at the high security HMP Belmarsh. Jonathan’s story is quite unique—and at the time, he was one of the most vilified personalities of his generation.


    As a journalist he spent some seven years on Fleet Street and as an author has written some 17 books including acclaimed biographies on Nixon and Thatcher.


    These days he is a London based Priest serving as Prison Chaplain in HMP Pentonville in East London and Assistant Minister in St Matthew’s Westminster Church.


    Our fascinating conversation took place in his London home. Listen in as we chat over the past, present and future of a life fully lived. This is Your London Legacy


     “I was playing in the sandpit in my aunt’s garden—suddenly there came over in the sky a sound of a noisy engine. And this was a doodlebug, a flying bomb that came over.”


    16:10


    One of Jonathan’s earliest memories is of a flying bomb chugging its engine overhead while he played in a sandbox—an object and event of historical intrigue no doubt, and an interesting starting place for a future politician. But before Jonathan fully entered the political life he was a journalist, and as he says, a young journalist goes to where the news is. This meant he traveled all over the world—Vietnam, the Middle East, Africa, and covering Nixon’s election in the states. But he always felt like a spectator looking in, and longed for the political life of being in the center of the events he was covering.


     


    “I’ve often asked myself the same—because it wasn’t really worth doing, covering it up. I think it was a combination of pride—and fear.”


    30:40


    Jonathan went on to become a Defense Minister – and on a trip to Paris stayed at a hotel that would bring about the fall of his career by accepting to have his room paid for by someone else. A hospitality he didn’t know would change his life – by eventually trying to cover up this small courtesy. The media upon finding out that this bill was footed by a figure from a foreign government went after him – and after a single comment in trial, a false one, Jonathan was prosecuted for perjury and sentenced to 18 months in prison.


     


    “I was, I think – ruined, but not totally heartbroken.”


    39:10


    While undoubtedly a moment where his whole life unraveled, Jonathan didn’t see going to prison as a death sentence. There was a feeling that life would go on and something new would happen—as indeed it did, through a chance prison encounter with an inmate and refusing a certain collection of dirty magazines, no less. Jonathan had turned to faith to help guide him through his sentence and it slowly accumulated during and after his incarceration until he found himself studying at an Anglican theological college. Since he had seen how prison was the great equalizer where no one behind bars is more important than anyone else, he felt compelled to continue practicing his faith among those he had once called his brothers.


    As a prison chaplain, Jonathan now raises awareness about the quality of prisons today and the dangers that lay within, and also beyond the cells once inmates are released. He has seen how people end up right back behind bars and is working towards practical and societal changes to help reintroduce people to the working world, life at large, and the faith behind it all.


     


    Links


    JonathanAitken.org (https://www.jonathanaitken.org/)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Shamash Alidina Author Of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ & Co-Founder Of ‘The Museum Of Happiness’ Discusses One Of The Most Relevant Topics Of Our Generation.

    Shamash Alidina Author Of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ & Co-Founder Of ‘The Museum Of Happiness’ Discusses One Of The Most Relevant Topics Of Our Generation.

    In a world full of negative news compounded and inflated by politicians, the media, and online trolls—we all need to slow down, stop, and just be from time to time. To reconnect and yes, be happy.


    This week’s guest Shamash Alidina is that ray of light, that beacon of hope. Author of Mindfulness for Dummies and Relaxation for Dummies,Shamash has many years’ experience as a mindfulness teacher, trainer, coach, and worldwide speaker—having trained with Jon Kabbat Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Mattieu Ricard.


    In this wonderful and joyous episode Shamash talks of Kindfulness, the discovery and cultivation of kindness towards your own self and the difference it has on your life, and The Museum Of Happiness that he co-founded with Vicky Johnson to help everyone find deep happiness through experiential adventure.


    This may well be the most important podcast you ever listen to. This is Your London Legacy.


     “The idea is to help social enterprises and other businesses remember that values come first. Yeah, you do need to make a profit but if that becomes too much of the focus then you kind of lose your way.”


    7:00


    Shamash had a bit of a revelation his first summer while attending university. He was excited to be working as an engineer and making money, actual money he could spend on things and be happy. Then the moment came when he went shopping in Oxford Street, and there was just a sense of emptiness, no fulfillment at all. Funnily enough, he saw a poster on the tube with a quote from Socrates and decided to jump into a philosophy class—and Shamash has never looked back, and now tries not to stare too far into the future either. He practices mindfulness and living in the moment.


     “Right now is the highest spread of wealth in the world, lowest chance of dying of disease when young—violence on the planet is at the lowest level it’s ever been…however, the worst time to be born for mental health challenges is right now.”


    20:30


    While visiting his brother in NYC, Shamash came about googling books on mindfulness and didn’t find hardly any at all. After a quick fill in contact form with the “Dummies” series of information books, he quickly found himself contracted to write Mindfulness for Dummies. This launched a point where he switched to teaching and writing about mindfulness for a living – a journey that started on a one-on-one basis all the way to his “pop up” Museum of Happiness going viral on Facebook and kicking off a whole series of events focused on happiness.


     Shamash is focused on spreading his teachings of mindfulness and Kindfulness—a concept that focuses on discovering and cultivating kindness towards yourself and the difference it has on your life. There are a wealth of resources on Shamash’s website such as ebooks and trainings, and I highly encourage you to head over to Twitter (https://twitter.com/London_Podcast) and you’ll be entered to grab a copy!


     Links


    Mindfulness for Dummies (https://www.shamashalidina.com/books)


    ACT Training (https://www.shamashalidina.com/act)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Malcolm Knight Has An Enduring Love Of The Thames, That Has Seen Him Set Multiple World Records, Become Events Manager For The Queens Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ & Now As Director Of Thames Alive

    Malcolm Knight Has An Enduring Love Of The Thames, That Has Seen Him Set Multiple World Records, Become Events Manager For The Queens Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ & Now As Director Of Thames Alive

    I don’t really know where to start with today’s guest—as he has done and achieved so much in his life. Malcolm Knight served in the Metropolitan Police Force for nearly 30 years, and among his varied roles he served as a uniformed Sergeant, in the Diplomatic Protection Service, and Territorial Support Group to instructor National Public Order Training Centre.


    He’s been script advisor to the long running TV series The Bill and instructor in Personal Safety to various Airlines. But his true passion is when he is on the water and The Thames is his second home. Not only has Malcolm achieved five world record for middle distance rowing (three on the Thames) he also went on to organize events for others to enjoy.


    Malcolm is Director of Thames Alive, the catalyst and umbrella organization harnessing and promoting The River Thames. This unique organization that draws together the hundreds of public and private bodies that use the river have put on several historic events, including the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and the Olympic Torch Relay 2012.


    Later this year they are organizing a stunning programme called ‘To Be A Pilgrim’ as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Not to be missed. Until recently he was also the Events Manager for The Queens Royal Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ for seven years. And that just scratches the surface, as he also recently appeared on the Channel5 series The Thames, Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson.


    Sit back as Malcolm and I chat over the past present and future of the glorious Thames overlooking the glorious Hampton Court.


    “London’s where it is because back in the day it was the first point in which people could actually get across the river.”


    16:00


    Malcolm’s love for the Thames was really manifested more or less after his career with the Metropolitan Police Force. He had signed up for one canoe race—which he missed out on, but on a leisurely canoe in 1985 he learned what a “skiffer” was, went to a derelict cottage and boathouse and fell in love with the Victorian style watercraft. He learned how to scull and the rest is history. It’s as simple as that.


    “In ’99 we put a squad together of 15 of us rotating 3 hours on – 3 hours off—and rowed to Paris in just over 4 days.”


    25:30


    Malcom went off to set a slew of world records. This started off on what’s called a “Meander” just a simple 3 day row down the Thames, of course—and he realized if they kept their pace they would beat the world record, which they set out and did by 24hrs. He also set one on a 4 day row to Paris, and he still holds the world record for single scull down the Thames—a feat accomplished at the ripe age of 53.


    Malcolm has put his own personal oars aside on the world record front, but coaches others and is a huge organizer for events on the Thames. This includes being the Ambassador for The Queen’s Row Barge with The Gloriana Trust where he organized and planned all boat movements and rowing crews. He’s organized more as the Director of Thames Alive, coordinating events to celebrate King Henry VIII, the Magna Carta’s 800th birthday, carrying the Olympic flame, and coming this year—the Mayflower 400 event which will take a congratulatory velum scroll down the Thames in a long journey to America.


    You can follow along with all the Thames events at ThamesAlive.org.uk (http://www.thamesalive.org.uk/events.asp) and take part in watching London take to the river that has fueled our city for centuries, and for generations to come.


     


    Links


    Malcolm Knight (https://www.linkedin.com/in/malcolm-knight-254b847/?originalSubdomain=uk)


    Thames Alive (https://twitter.com/thames_alive)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Award Winning London Based Fine Artist & Cartographer Adam Dant Has Been Described As The 'Hogarth For Our Times' As He Chronicles Our Ever Changing City

    Award Winning London Based Fine Artist & Cartographer Adam Dant Has Been Described As The 'Hogarth For Our Times' As He Chronicles Our Ever Changing City

    The award-winning and brilliant London-based fine artist and cartographer, Adam Dant, has been described as the ‘Hogarth for our times’. From his studio above the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in Spitalfields in the East End, Adam surveys the past present and future of our ever changing city. His astonishing maps are beautiful and ‘subversive’ at the same time.


    His stunning book ‘Maps of London and Beyond’ comprise fabulous characters from Dickens and Shakespeare to Barbara Windsor, as well as shipwrecks on the Thames and starry skies over Soho.


    In 2015, Adam was selected as the official artist by the House of Commons to document Britain going to the polls. This took him on a tour of the realm where after 1000’s of miles he turned the election campaign into a huge pen and ink drawing which now hangs in Parliament.


    Adam’s work has an eye for detail that we all see every day in London, but probably dismiss as we rush around in a blur. It has humour, sincerity, and historic value and I absolutely love it.


    Adam was kind enough to invite us to his working studio and chat about what inspires him and his love for our fascinating metropolis.


    This is Your London Legacy.


     “I’m not alone in being described as being Hogarthian—it’s jus the perennial concerns of artists who observe, and I do a lot of observation.”


    8:00


    Adam was quite inspired by museums and has always been interested in art and studied at Cambridge before going to Liverpool to see “more action”. He had a wonderful animation professor and before he knew it he was in an exchange program and ended up in Vadodara India, he thought to study graphic design. It ended up being a print making course, and after coming back to Liverpool and transitioning to the Royal Academy of Art he exclusively used their print shops.


     “There’s an aspect to being an artist which is, like you have no choice. You cant imagine do anything else.”


    18:00


    Adam’s love for maps has evolved over the course of his career and he has definitely pushed the boundaries of the art form and what they can contain and represent. He’s just finished an Argonautica map that overlays London with a map of the ancient world and is an episodic journey of Jason and the Argonauts stopping at places in London that coincide with the classical adventure.


     “A map presents a whole picture, but within a map its objective presumably—but it’s subjective, we all use a map in a different way.”


    32:30


    Adam followed around the parliamentary elections and by the end of the race, donated 2,000 sketchbooks to the Parliamentary Collection. The goal is to combine these images into a single pictorial space, and not in a mocking caricature that most people, politicians included, may think of when they think about political art. His innovative maps don’t stop their either—another innovative map chronicles the dreams of residents in Shoreditch, and yet another of Shipwrecks along the Thames (which the port authority wouldn’t quite divulge all the locations to him). Adam has a rare and fascinating artistic mind that will sure to be roaming London’s streets in order to continue to display them in the unique fashions they deserve.


     Links


    Adam Dant ArtNet (http://www.artnet.com/artists/adam-dant/)


    Adam Dant Wikipeida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Dant)

    • 50 min
    Few Global Challenges Are Greater Than Cleaning Up The World's Oceans. Flavio Affinito’s Start Up ‘NuOceans’ Is Addressing This Problem Head On.

    Few Global Challenges Are Greater Than Cleaning Up The World's Oceans. Flavio Affinito’s Start Up ‘NuOceans’ Is Addressing This Problem Head On.

    Of all the guests I’ve had on the podcast over the last 18 months or so, perhaps Flavio Affinito will be leaving the greatest legacy of them all.


    Did you know that fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world, and that every year hundreds of millions of pairs of flip flops are produced, many of which contribute significantly to ocean plastic pollution?


     Well Flavio has come up with a remarkable 100% sustainable solution with flip flops made entirely from ocean plastics.


    In this fascinating episode you will be introduced to a young man who along with his colleagues at NuOceans is dedicating his life to cleaning the ocean and our beaches, one pair at a time.


    Plus, Flavio will be giving away 10 pairs of their amazing cool recycled flip flops. Listen to the end to find out how to be among the very first to claim your own pair. It’s dead easy.


    This is Your London Legacy


     


    “The overarching goal is exactly what you mentioned—saving the planet. But there’s only so much one person can actually be responsible for.”


    6:00


    Flavio’s has taken on a subset of responsibility with maintaining a vibrant and healthy planet – namely ocean plastics, and a specific type of plastic at that. The end goal is for humanity to have a thriving planet, and his business NuOceans is definitely doing its part. It’s aim; flip flops. Over 3 billion pairs of flipflops are made every year, nearly one pair for half the world’s population. While in London we may not be wearing this style of footwear year round, but many countries are consistently warm and flipflops are just a staple of fashion. They aren’t designed to be recyclable or last very long—leading to a crisis where 30% of ocean cleanup is mainly crocs, flipflops, and shoe soles.


     


    “There was a news article about these scientists that went to a completely abandoned island in the Indian Ocean, there was no one there, had never been anyone there…they found 30,000 pieces of plastic—and out of that 30,000, 11,000 were flipflops.”


    16:00


    Flavio’s love of the ocean started at an early age and can be said to still be the focal point of his life and career. The idea for NuOceans is to eventually spread to much more than recycling flipflops, but that process in itself had its own hurdles and challenges, some of which are still ongoing. Flipflops made by large companies have been constructed using chemical processes to drop costs, but this last makes them very hard to recycle. Flavio and the NuOceans team spent a lot of time in figuring out which kind of flip flops can be recycled and how to pulp them to use them for different parts of the footwear. They’ve arrived at a flipflop that is made from 100% recycled plastics, from the mid sole, top sole, with some parts even being made out of a bioplastic engineered from invasive algae species in Spain!


    It is a truly wonderful endeavor, and one that NuOceans hope doesn’t end back up in the ocean after you’re done wearing the flip flops. You can return them to NuOceans so they can repurpose them while giving you a discount on your next pair.


     


     “We have about 7 tons in Thailand right now…and with 7 tons we can make about 14,000 pairs of flip flops.”


    Currently Flavio and NuOceans are finishing developing the flip flop itself before going to market—they are still looking for additional funds to help launch their footwear, and once it takes off I see NuOceans spreading far and wide. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find a way to help spread their message—and possibly win 1 of 10 prototype flip flops for yourself before summer comes into full swing.


     


    Links


    @NuOceansLTD (https://www.instagram.com/nuoceansltd/) (Instagram)


    Website (https://nuoceans.com/)


    Flavioaffinito@nuoceans.com (mailto:Flavioaffinito@nuoceans.com)


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    • 55 min

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!

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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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