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WINTER 2017

JOANNA LUMLEY

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remember thinking: I don’t know you now, but one day I will know all of this, and I will live here.”

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE BOLD, BE BOLD. IF YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR RED, PUT IT ON YOUR HEAD OR YOUR FACE

‘USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL’ Lumley had long been enthralled by bridges, but it was only after Princess Diana died in 1997 she began to propose a Garden Bridge across the Thames as a fitting memorial: “Something that was useful and beautiful and would still be going long after everybody has been forgotten, bang in the middle of the greatest city in the world,” she said. The planned Garden Bridge is conceived as a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the cultural offerings of the South Bank to the theatres of the West End on the Northbank by means of woodland and meandering walkways. The project has not been without its controversies and hold-ups. There have been calls for the bridge to be scrapped, relocated or delivered more cheaply by scaling down the ambitious plans, but Lumley, arguably in Ab Fab mode, has insisted to the Evening Standard: “If you are going to be bold, be bold. If you are going to wear red, put it on your head or your face.” With Lumley’s passion driving the project forward, few would bet against London enjoying what could yet prove to be a national icon as treasured as much as the woman herself. You can donate to Thames Reach at www.thamesreach.org.uk and contact them at fundraising@thamesreach.org.uk

Joanna Lumley loves… Holland Park “I think it’s one of the best kept secrets in London. It’s staggering: it’s got winding paths, it’s got statues, it’s got formal duck ponds and peacocks which roost in the trees.” The British Library “You’re drawn to this extraordinary building where there are copies of every book ever written.” London taxi rides “When I’ve been away from London, I usually ask the driver to bring me through Knightsbridge, sometimes along Piccadilly but usually to Hyde Park Corner, where there’s that phenomenal statue, that great quadriga of war, with the fabulous chariots on top; round the corner of the palace and the great golden statue of Queen Victoria, then down to Parliament Square.”

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Dexters Magazine Winter 2017  
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