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Big Issue vendor George moves into City Hall for I Am London exhibition

George Anderson was chosen as one of 60 ambassadors of London for the Historic England exhibition, which runs until April 28

It’s a huge week for popular Big Issue vendor George Anderson. Not only is he featured on page three of this week’s Big Issue art special, alongside guest editor and top British Artist Charming Baker. But George, who is a well-known and well-loved figure on his pitch outside Broadcasting House in London, is also moving into one of London’s top addresses.

“I’ve moved into City Hall – I’m taking over London,” said George, when we stopped for a chat at his pitch.

Last summer, George was chosen as one of 60 ambassadors of London for Historic England’s exhibition I Am London, which aimed to reflect and celebrate the diverse range of people who call London home, each pictured in a spot that is important to them.

He explains his choice: “The top of Regent Street at night, where All Souls Church, BBC Headquarters and the Langham Hotel form a junction is the best place to show people the real London,” says George, who used to work for the NHS in Glasgow, but fell homeless after moving to London when he lost his job and his family lifeline.

“Rough sleepers use All Souls Church, wealthy visitors stay in the exclusive Langham Hotel and the BBC represents the pursuit of truth and integrity – for people not only in London and the UK, but also worldwide.”

I’ve moved into City Hall – I’m taking over London

Other individuals featured in I Am London include Professor Lord Robert Winston, AC Grayling, artist Bob and Roberta Smith, new Night Czar Amy Lamé, market traders, zookeepers and a Beefeater.

Now the exhibition, which was previously shown at Central St Martins last year. Now, it is being displayed at City Hall.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This wonderful exhibition encapsulates how much London has changed over the years. It also reminds us why the capital continues to be the most open, pioneering and diverse city on the planet.”

“The buildings and places that make up London are as much a part of the city’s DNA as the people who live and work in it,” adds Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England.

“In fact, the fortunes of London’s people and its places are inextricably linked. If we lose those historic places, we lose London’s identity.”

I Am London runs at City Hall from 3-28 April. It is free of charge and no tickets are required.

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