My West London Life

Seb Coe

Seb Coe


Former athlete, winner of four Olympic medals and politician, Seb Coe talks family and his love of jazz

Where do you live?

I live in Surrey – it’s close to both London and my children’s schools.

You were born in west London. What’s your earliest memory?

A long walk with my father in a London park – I was on his shoulders.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

My father was a huge inspiration in my life, he taught me to always go beyond my personal best.

You headed the successful bid for London to host 2012 Summer Olympic Games. What long-term benefits do you think this will bring to London?

We want London 2012 to provide opportunities for people across the UK long after the Games have finished. Everything from the outset has been planned so that we leave a lasting legacy. Everyone at London 2012 is putting their heart and soul into ensuring that the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012 are a spectacular success and deliver a tangible legacy. The Olympic Park Legacy Company has now been set up to manage the venues inside the Olympic Park after the Games and make sure they are put to good use for sporting, educational and community purposes.

What are you most proud of and why?

My four children. I’m never happier than when I’m with them.

What is your top tip for a tourist in London

Get an Oyster Card. Also go and explore all of London’s jazz clubs.

How do you spend an ideal Sunday?

I would spend it with my children – going to see Chelsea at Stamford Bridge followed by a nice meal.

Who would you choose to play you in a film of your life?

Steve Ovett.

What’s the best thing to do in London for free?

To go and see one of the beautiful parks our capital has and then go for a run along the river, taking in all the sights.

What’s the most extravagant luxury item you’ve ever bought?

My collection of jazz music.

If you could eat one last meal in west London where would it be?

It would be at La Famiglia [7 Langton Street, SW3] restaurant.

What makes you proud to be a Londoner?

The fact that I was born in a city that is completely unique. But also, when I see what the London 2012 Games will do in terms of the regeneration of East London and leaving a lasting sporting, cultural and educational legacy.

What’s your philosophy on life?

Make a difference.

Philip Hanson


We caught up with Philip Hanson, the 21 year old sports-car racing prodigy

Do you live or work in west London?

I live in Chelsea.

What’s your favourite thing about the area?

I love how local everything feels, restaurants and cafes are all within short walking distances. A Saturday market in the Duke of York Square helps establish a relaxed environment in a city that can be so chaotic.… Read more →

Markus Thesleff


We chatted to Markus Thesleff about opening his new restaurant, Los Mochis, in the middle of a pandemic

Do you live or work in west London?

I live and work in Notting Hill.

What’s your favourite thing about the area?

I view it as a continually evolving cosmopolitan village, blending local residents and businesses in a great neighborhood environment. Normally the area attracts many tourists, especially… Read more →