32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015HomeAboutThe London EyeTickets
32 Londoners - 32 Speakers - 32 Journeys - Men & Women who found their fortune in London
Lesley Ann-Jones on Freddie Mercury - Musician
Born Farrokh Bulsara, 1946, ZanzibarClick here for tickets - June 11th 2015

Freddie Mercury was rock's most enigmatic frontman. While his work with Queen earned him the adoration of millions, few gained entry to his private world. He was born Farouk Bulsara on Zanzibar and educated in India. Fleeing from revolution, he arrived in the UK with his strict Parsi family in 1964. He enrolled at art school and immersed himself in London life. Forming profound attachments to both men and women, he found solace in songwriting, creating hits such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Killer Queen' which resonate to this day. Queen's appearance at Live Aid in 1985 catapulted the fading band back into the spotlight, and is consistently voted the most outstanding live rock performance of all time.

Lesley-Ann Jones
Lesley-Ann Jones spent twenty years on Fleet Street, during which time she interviewed everyone from Dame Vera Lynn to David Bowie and Frank Sinatra to Madonna. She has written biographies of Marc Bolan and Freddie Mercury. She toured with Queen four times, and was one of only a handful of journalists ever granted a personal audience with the intensely private Mercury.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

The Venue - Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
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