Since its humble internet beginnings, in the good year 1996, LondonNet has been supported by a strong team of London-lovers, whose sole existence consists of critiquing, discussing, and appreciating The London Life. Here, you can meet them, learn their deepest secrets, and ponder the collective meaning of life...
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Peter D. Clee, Publisher & Founder
Site Specialism: Jack of all trades, master of jack
Letters: LLB (Hons) in Law and Politics - University of Birmingham, UK (1989), Called to the Bar (1991)
Email: [email protected]
London Likes: Coming home, live music, the multi-cultural melting pot, Carnival, CPFC (fan in abstentia)
London Dislikes: Leaving town, Tubes in summer
London Sounds: The Pogues every Christmas at the Brixton Academy, The Clash (White Man in Hammersmith Palais, Stay Free, London Calling), The Faces (Debris), The Jam (Down In A Tube Station At Midnight), The Pogues (A Rainy Night in Soho), Blur (Parklife) and of course "Mind The Gap"
London Places: Looking down on town from Primrose Hill, Those rainy nights in Soho...
London Moments: The Clash's last gig, Brixton Academy (Dec, 1984), Johnny Cash, Albert Hall (April, 1997), Election Night (May, 1997), The Streets, The Astoria (Dec, 2002), The Sultan's Elephant, all over central London (May 2006), The Happy Mondays; Brixton Academy, many times
London Hotel: The Hempel
London Films: Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949), Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965), The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie, 1980), Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan, 1986)
Peter practised as a Barrister after leaving University, specialising in Criminal Law. In 1993 he left the Bar to plan the launch of a new London newspaper - Tonight. The title, which was the first UK newspaper to be produced and sent to press digitally, rolled off the presses in July 1994 with a circulation of 100,000. In 1995 we decided to embrace new technology one stage further and Tonight was reborn on the web in 1996 as LondonNet.
Little did we know then that LondonNet would become the longest running website for the capital (and, hey yes, one of the most popular too). What started as an idea became a life's work for David and Peter and would not have been possible without all those those that have helped along the way.
While London is Peter's undisputed 'favourite city of the world', he retains a long running passion for his 'favourite town of the world' too: Cannes, France. It's no secret that quality cinema is LondonNet's specialty and the movie buzz of this Cote D'Azur town alongside the sun-drenched beaches makes this place a perfect companion to London living. Naturally the temptation to produce a mini-LondonNet for Cannes, is irresistible and so CannesNet, is born in 2005.
David Clee, Editor
Site Specialism: Dancing with the words
Letters: BA (Hons) in Film and Literature - Warwick University, UK (1987)
Email: [email protected]
London Likes: Every square centimetre of the West End, the new Hungerford bridges, the roasted peanut seller on the eastern Hungerford Bridge who gave my son a free bag of his wares
London Dislikes: Production line bars, restaurants and shops
London Sounds: London Calling (The Clash), Lullaby of London (The Pogues), Feed the Birds (from Mary Poppins), Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
London Places: The river, Seven Dials, St James Park
London Moments: Late night cab or bus through rain-strewn West End streets and over Waterloo bridge
London Hotel: The Claridges Hotel
David Clee launched the satirical magazine Wire Happy after leaving University. He spent the next few years writing and sub-editing for various publications including The Independent, The Sunday Times, Golf Monthly and a variety of BBC magazines. From 1993 he worked on the launch of Tonight. In 1995 he was appointed Editor of Tonight. David became Editor of LondonNet in 1997.
Other Staff & Contributors:
LondonNet benefits from a strong consortium of freelance writers & contributors, including (but not limited to) the following people: