MY CITY: JUSTIN WEBB

The journalist and Today programme presenter on school trips to London and getting up at 3.30am

19 February, 2020


WHERE IN LONDON DO YOU LIVE?

I live in Camberwell and apart from the odd break to live abroad I have been there for decades.


WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF LONDON?

My earliest memory of London is from a school trip from deepest Somerset: the big cars, the bustle, sneaking off to explore Soho and the grime, as it was still the olden days with smoking carriages on the tube.


WHAT MAKES LONDON SPECIAL TO YOU?

Buildings that you know forever, like those along Whitehall – the glamour of power.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE LONDON IN THREE WORDS?

Rich, poor, cramped.


WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE LONDONER?

The man who runs the falafel shop in Camberwell.


WHAT’S YOUR MORNING RITUAL?

I get up at 3.30am and stumble towards a car. I read the papers on the way to work.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP A GOOD WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

Leave work at 9am! I can walk the dog by 10am – I am always a bit jet lagged, but working intense-but-low numbers of hours helps.


WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS?

Charles Moore’s biography of Lady Thatcher.


WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

My uncle told me never to wear brown shoes with a blue suit – I never have and it seems to work.


Justin Webb presents the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, which is live on air from 6-9am, Monday to Friday, and 7-9am on Saturdays