A List Of Left-Handed Londoners

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 13 months ago
A List Of Left-Handed Londoners

13 August marks International Left-Handers day — so here, we salute London's most salubrious southpaws.

Black and white image of David Bowie with a fluffy mullet and eyepatch
Image: AVRO in creative commons

David Bowie

Although undoubtedly sinistral, Brixton-born Bowie actually strummed the guitar with his right hand (initially, perhaps, for because there weren't enough left-handed guitars going around). Imagine the songs he could have written with his LEFT hand! What a waste.

Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin's alter-ego the Tramp is a dead giveaway; he's usually seen holding the cane with his left hand. Oddly, his statue in Leicester Square clutches the cane with the right hand, sending us into a world of confusion. Can someone look into this, please?

A street art image of Chaplin as the Tramp, on a brick wall
See. Image: M@/Londonist

Winston Churchill

There's an even bigger giveaway for Winnie, thanks to endless footage of him sliding a sodden Romeo y Julieta cigar in/out of his gob. (Cigar) case closed.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, star of Love Actually and Saving Mr Banks (which, is let's face it, one of the great films), is a left hander. As a writer, she's used said hand to pen screenplays for Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, that Last Christmas film. Well, two out of three ain't bad.

Queen Victoria holds a sceptre in her right hand
Yes, yes, she's using her right hand here, but trust us, Queen Victoria was a lefty (hand-wise, not politically). Image: public domain

A lot of the Royal Family

As demonstrated with her regal right-handed wave, our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, is no southpaw — but plenty of her relatives/ancestors are/were. These include her great-grandmother Queen Victoria, her dad King George VI, her mum the Queen Mum, and her grandson, William. While Victoria and George were trained to write with their right hand, William has resisted (plenty of pics show him signing things with his left hand). You do you, mate.

Honorary mentions

Judy Garland grins  at the camera with a bright red background
Image: public domain
  • Paul McCartney: Famously born not in London, the world's best-known left handed musician has had a house in St John's Wood since the mid 1960s. So he's basically a Londoner, right, Liverpudlians?
  • Judy Garland: The brilliant yet troubled Meet Me in St Louis star had a little mews house in Belgravia in later life, where she sadly passed away, aged just 47.
  • Though an honorary Londoner — and one with a house museum to prove it — Jimi Hendrix doesn't quite make the grade, as the rock 'n' roll clever clogs was in fact ambidextrous.

Got someone to add to our list of lefty Londoners? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 09 August 2022

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