Here’s a blueprint for the most London-centric event ever staged:
-There are 32 pods on the London Eye.
-Each pod represents one of the 32 London boroughs.
-Place in each pod an enthusiastic speaker strongly associated with London.
-Let the speaker discuss his or her favourite Londoner.
-Let the guests choose a cocktail from a selection of 32, inspired by the London boroughs.
On 1 May, the 32 Londoners happening brings together all these elements. It will be the most Londony event since Chas wrestled Dave in a pool of jellied eels aboard a Routemaster driven by Dick Whittington’s cat.
Speakers include such notables as Andrew Motion (on John Keats), Dan Cruickshank (John Stow), Claire Tomalin (Samuel Pepys), Ken Livingstone (Herbert Morrison), Robert Elms (Adam Faith) and Kate Kray (on her former husband Ronnie Kray, and his brother Reggie). Other speakers will enthuse about A-Z pioneer Phylis Pearsall, David Bowie, Zadie Smith, Joan Littlewood and Charlie Chaplin. If you fancy a bit of science, Londonist editor Matt Brown has chosen Michael Faraday, who was born close to the London Eye near Elephant and Castle.
Afterwards, there’ll be a chance to mingle with other guests and speakers. See you there.