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5 London Podcasts we have our ears on

Get tuned into an eclectic mix of the science world.

London is a cultural mecca, a melting point of perspectives, characters, and points of view. It’s a major home of global cultural evolution and discussions about the future of the city inevitably affect the rest of the world. 

London is a cultural mecca, a melting point of perspectives, characters, and points of view. It’s a major home of global cultural evolution and discussions about the future of the city inevitably affect the rest of the world.

Here are 5 podcasts that will open your ears to a new London…

1. London Lives: Whispers in the Museum 

London Lives

Produced by the Museum of London, the London Lives Podcast series offers a captivating look into the rich stories of the cities inhabitants; inspired by the museums exhibits. Core episodes that we’ve enjoy include Curry to Carnival, Whispers in the Museum and The First British Cuppa which all take us backwards in time, looking at moments where Londoners rapidly changed how they lived their lives.

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2 The Open City Podcast

The Open City Podcast

The Open City Podcast is a meeting place for conversations about London’s past, present and future culture. Aiming to ‘animate, educate and make discussions’, the podcast holistically arms us with new ideas and frameworks about the modern metropolis that so many of us in the UK call home. Make sure to listen to both the slavery series and podcast The Fast Consumer City: can a sandwich really run the city?

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3. F24 Podcast

Street artist Mr Cenz was a recent guest on F24 Podcast

The F42 Podcast is where North Acton based host David Samuel focuses on ‘Stories about London, Culture and Creativity’ with regular interviews with pioneering creatives. A keen fan of the arts in a broad sense and as the director of a creative agency Rarekind, David’s chats with graffiti artists, musicians and tattooists all hum with an infectious energy that will leave you wanting to make something yourself. After a break in 2021, David is back in action with a podcast with street artist Askew TMD.

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4. Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24

Covering the world over with but with firm roots and perspective from their London base in Midori House, Monocle 24 releases a new episode each and every week day. Covering a round-up of the day’s most important news stories, the show is guaranteed is teach you something new. With frequent drop ins by Monocle Magazine writers such as Tyler Brûlé and Sophie Grove, stay informed about all things modern culture.

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5. ZCL Wild Science Podcast

The ZSL Wild Science Podcast

The ZSL Wild Science Podcast is produced by the Zoological Society of London’s prominent Institute of Zoology. Hosted by Dr Monni Böhm, the podcast explores issues across conservation, zoology, looking at all things wildlife (including the River Thames) infusing listeners with new knowledge of the natural world. Also included in the format is behind the scenes news from ZSL’s conservation work.

Learn more about street smart animals and cognition research in episode 24.

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