His enthusiasm is infectious. Out on the roof — destined to become a bar terrace — he points out Alexandra Palace, though perhaps you have to be six foot-something like him to see it — with my facemask-foggy specs, I couldn’t. He reels off the bands who played the town hall in his north London twang: Jagger, ELO, Fairport Convention. Queen performed Bohemian Rhapsody here for the first time.
You probably don’t know 43-year-old Read yet, but you should, because behind the scenes, he’s becoming a key strand in the creative fabric of London.