‘Adopted Londoners’ is the theme of 32 talks taking place simultaneously on the London Eye on 11 June.
Expert speakers will take to the Eye’s capsules for the second annual 32 Londoners, discussing figures who’ve been lured to the bright lights of London, and subsequently made their mark on the city.
The diversity of subjects — Margaret Thatcher, porn baron Paul Raymond, Anne Bolelyn, Julian Assange, footballer Stan Bowles and Trinidadian musician Lord Kitchener, to name a few — shows just how strong and indiscriminate the city’s gravitational pull is.
Some of the speakers are adopted Londoners themselves, including writer Iain Sinclair (originally from Cardiff), and Londonist’s very own Grimsby escapee Matt Brown.
Nikki Ratcliffe, London Eye spokesperson said: “London is the greatest city on earth and we wanted to celebrate some of the intriguing characters who have made London their home and helped make London what it is today”.
Tickets for each talk cost £40 (inc. free drink), and are on sale now.