London Is the Place for Me

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"London Is the Place for Me" is a 1948 calypso song by Aldwyn Roberts.[1] Roberts, under his calypso stage name Lord Kitchener, sang the first two stanzas of "London is the Place for Me" on camera for reporters upon arrival at Tilbury Docks on the HMT Empire Windrush, and was recorded by Pathe newsreel cameras.[2] Roberts, as Lord Kitchener, did not record the song until 1951. The song was also popularised during the 1950s (1954) by bandleader Edmundo Ros.

Cover version[edit]

The song was covered by D Lime - featuring Tobago Crusoe for the 2014 film Paddington.


  1. ^ Kennetta Hammond Perry London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Race 0190240202 - 2016 "In June 1948, in homage of his impending arrival in Britain, Aldwyn Roberts began composing lyrics to “London Is the Place for Me,” a calypso that eventually became part of the soundtrack chronicling the history of Caribbean migration to ..."
  2. ^ Elizabeth Buettner Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture 131659470X 2016 p 255 "More famously known as Lord Kitchener, he sang 'London is the Place for Me' on camera for reporters upon arrival, ... 10 Hugh Hodges, 'Kitchener Invades England: The London Calypsos of Aldwyn Roberts', Wasafiri 45 (summer 2005), ."