"Listed Londoner" - Robert Elms interviews YolanDa Brown on BBC London

This week's Listed Londoner was Saxophonist and double MOBO winner YolanDa Brown .
She came in to talk about her UK tour and to take the Famous 15 questions.

You can see the answers below or you can listen again to the whole interview here http://bbc.in/1UVfnYL

1) What’s your favourite neighbourhood?
Its Crouch End, I’ve moved there since becoming married. I spend a lot of time there; it’s really nice to go and sit in a café and there’s a great picture house too.

2) What’s your favourite building?
Battersea Power Station, whenever I see a huge building like that, it just makes me feel so small it makes me want to scream. I get it from my mum. One day we drove passed and we both had a little scream.

3) What’s your most hated building?
This was difficult but it’s Elephant & Castle shopping centre. You’re driving down the open roads and there you see it. It needs some TLC.

4) What’s the best view in London?
I don’t like the building but The Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie building (20 Fenchurch Street) has the best view; you can see everything. 

5) What’s your favourite open space?
I took my car into the garage in Crystal Palace and had a walk with my daughter around Crystal Palace Park and found the dinosaur statues. It’s great. I would definitely go back there again.

6) What’s the most interesting shop?
My most interesting shop is Sax.co.uk, the saxophone shop. It used to be in Tin Pan Alley but they moved to Marylebone. You walk in there and you’re surrounded by Saxophones. They’ve got reeds, mouthpieces, ligatures; everything you need to do with the saxophone and you can go practice or play in there. It’s very calming.

7) What’s your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
I love Duck and Waffle, they literally serve a duck leg on a waffle with maple syrup. It’s in the Heron Tower and has got wonderful views plus it’s open 24 hrs a day which is great for me.

8) What’s been your most memorable night out in London?
It was at the Royal Albert Hall and seeing Cirque du Soleil. I had been invited by the chief executive of The Albert Hall and sat in his box and after we went to Bounce in farringdon and played ping pong and drank cocktails.

9) How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London?
When I want to get away from it all I go to the gym and the spa. I love spending time with my family and going to the arcades, playing the 10p machines, the arcade games and go-karting. There’s a wonderful one next to the London Aquarium. Or I would go to see a film at the Odeon Lounge in Whitleys. They have reclining chairs and at a push of a button you get food and drink served to you.

10) Where would you take someone visiting from out of town?
We would go to the London Motor Museum in Hayes - they have 160 cars - and in the evening head down to Camden and the Jazz Café and have something to eat in Gilgamesh.

11) What’s the worst journey you’ve had to make in London?
The only place where I have cried in the car because of traffic was the Blackwall Tunnel. It’s horrible but I found this app that takes you through back doubles and across bridges I’ve never seen before. It’s great to get around traffic.

12) What’s your personal London landmark?
I went to University in Kent in Canterbury, and whenever I saw the wind turbines on the A13 near Beckton I knew I was home but now I’ve moved it’s whenever I see Alexandra Palace.

13) Who’s your favourite fictional Londoner?
When I was seven my TV was taken away by my parents. So the radio was my best friend. The Archers was my Eastenders and I used to listen to Black Adder on tape; I loved Edmund Blackadder as a character. But now it’s Luther, Idris Elba.

14) What’s your favourite London film, book or documentary?
This was difficult. For me it’s the film “Kingsman” a spy film that came out recently. I love the action and the way London is portrayed in it is great. It even has a dingy pub. 

15) If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go?
I would go to the future, to see the regeneration in Stratford. But I might go even further into the future to see how technology had improved things.

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