Last week, we brought you details of what’s set to be the best Queen’s Jubilee event by far…Norman Jay’s A Right Royal Carry On.
Known by his peers and contemporaries as ‘The Peoples DJ’ because of the width and breadth of his deejaying style and universal appeal, Norman Jay (MBE) will take to the stage complete with his legendary wheels of sound, the ‘Good Times Bus’, to treat the crowd to one of his signature sets of infectious deep, diverse and unrestricted Good Times party tunes, and bring an exceptional night of revelry to the celebrating London masses over this prestigious weekend!
After being sorely missed at last year’s carnival – we love that we’re being treated to some extra Good Times this year. What we love even more, however, is that we got to ask Norman Jay (who was born and raised in Notting Hill) a few questions about what he likes, loves and recommends about London…
…And here is what the legend had to say:
TLL: What’s your favourite area of London?
Norman Jay MBE: It would have to be the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea as it’s played such a pivotal role in my life and career.
TLL: If you had a free day in town, and an unlimited budget what would you do?
Norman Jay MBE: I would take over ALL of London’s best restaurants, theatres, galleries, museums and music venues and make them available for FREE to anyone who knows me for an entire month!
TLL: Favourite bar or pub?
TLL: Restaurant you’d recommend?
Norman Jay MBE: Kaosarn – a tiny but extremely popular little Thai restaurant in Brixton Market – Amazingly authentic Thai food!
TLL: Hotel you would choose to stay in?
TLL: Best place for a first date?
Norman Jay MBE: A Good Times event. We’ve been responsible for many subsequent marriages and births as well.
TLL: What do you LOVE about London?
Norman Jay MBE: I love everything about London, even the current hose-pipe ban despite the rain.
TLL: What little hidden gems should we know about?
TLL: What piece of advice would you give to a first time tourist?
Norman Jay MBE: Travel everywhere either by bike or by bus and look up above the tree line (when it’s safe to do so of course) at the capital’s architectural splendour and heritage and you’ll see the REAL London.
TLL: What would you change?
Norman Jay MBE: I would get rid of Westminster Village in an instant (along with all those snide MP’s within it)
TLL: Favourite memory or story about London?
Norman Jay MBE: My first ever Warehouse Party at Bear Wharf Gardens in Southwark in the summer of 86’. It was an absolute roadblock, thousands had turned up.
TLL: Finally: How do you choose to get around town… Tube, Taxi, Foot or Bike?
Norman Jay MBE: My cherished vintage Rayleigh Chopper bike or Vespa scooter.
Huge thanks go to Norman Jay MBE for taking the time to talk to us and for giving us a glimpse into his personal London. I’m excited to be seeing him at Nova Festival and at The Paradise on 15th June already…maybe see some of you there?
(Photo is of JJ and Norman Jay MBE at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival in 2011. Happy much?!)