A Day with Al
5 September 2022
Those in the Quarter will often see our bowler hat attired Environment Manager Al, as he walks the streets making sure the area is well maintained, clean and welcoming. We’d like to introduce you to him as he explains more about what he does day-to-day and his top tips for the Quarter.
Tell us about a typical day out and about for you in the Quarter
You’ll often see me at Baker Street station in the morning and in the evening during the rush hours. Meeting and greeting people, helping people with directions and making sure people can see there is a friendly face there to help when needed. During the rest of the day I report any issues with cleansing and problems with the public realm i.e. broken pavement slabs, fly tipping and graffiti to Westminster City Council. I check to see if reported issues have been resolved and if they haven’t I make sure I follow up regularly to ensure any issues are resolved. I enjoy popping into many of the local hotels, offices and shops and saying hello.
Who are some of the interesting characters you meet?
In my job you meet interesting characters every day! I have met some celebrities including Andrew Marr, Anton Ferdinand, Arsenal legend Martin Keown, Alan Titchmarsh and Dara O’Briain from Mock the Week. I like to catch up with the concierges and doormen at the lovely hotels we have here, and I know lots of local residents who I chat with everyday as they go about their business.
What are the key reasons people should visit the Baker Street Quarter?
This area is a hidden gem in central London, a special place, people are friendly and the streets are clean. I love Chiltern Street and think everyone should visit there to enjoy the shops, cafes and architecture.
Why is Baker Street station so iconic?
Baker Street station was one of the first tube stations to be built and it really is a central hub with lines connecting up to Wembley and other main locations in London. The Wonderpass that runs underneath Marylebone Road has a great timeline where you can find out more about the history of the area.
Where are your favourite spots for coffee and food?
The coffee at Daisy Green is delicious, really good. I also like 106 and Pure on Baker Street.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to do what lots of other people do! Fitness, running and lots of reading.
If you see Al out and about in the Quarter please do say hello! Find out more about how we manage the area’s streets here