Tuesday, 29 July 2014

If You Do One OTHER Thing in London This week…

Our Tuesday slot in which we point you in the direction of other great happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.



The MCC Museum at Lord's



The MCC Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world.

Its collection, which was begun in 1864, spans the full history of cricket from its emergence as a major sport in the early 18th century, to the modern age. It includes material relating to the greatest players and events but also the grassroots, community cricket clubs which form the bedrock of the game.

The Museum’s most famous exhibit is the original Ashes urn, a personal gift to England captain the Hon. Ivo Bligh in 1882/83, later donated to MCC by his widow in 1928. This tiny and fragile object, cricket’s most precious artefact, rarely leaves Lord’s, when it last did so, for the 2006/07 MCC Travelex Ashes Exhibition in Australia more than 100,000 people came to see it.



The Museum is open throughout the year and is part of the famous Lord's Tour, but also accessible at the following times:

10:00a.m - 4.30p.m (Non-match days)

Adults £7.50 
Under-16's & Over 65's £5  

The Lord's website is here: www.lords.org







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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Monday, 28 July 2014

In & Around London… Animal Kingdom

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.


Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.












A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Witty-Woo! Sexy Sherlock Holmes!

To accompany our new London Walks Podcast on Sherlock Holmes…






…we've raided The D.C's archive for posts on the great detective…





A little market research – slightly unscientific market research, but we found the results revealing nonetheless.

On the Sherlock Holmes Walk last Friday, London Walks guide Adam asked his group the following question:

“Who is your favourite onscreen Sherlock Holmes?”

It’s a section of his Sherlock Holmes walk that Adam looks forward to – collecting the opinions of Sherlockian London Walkers. He always asks the question in the appropriate surroundings of St Paul’s, the actors’ church in Covent Garden.

When the name Benedict Cumberbatch was mentioned, there was a palpable fluttering among the group.

A similar flutter occurs if talk turns to Johnny Depp on the Jack the Ripper walk.

It would seem that the BBC’s Sherlock is something of a dish.

Being immune to young Mr Cumberbatch’s charms on that particular level, it added a new dimension to Adam’s understanding of the great detective: Sherlock Holmes As Sex Symbol.

All thoughts on this fascinating new field of research (well, new to Adam anyway) will be gratefully received – drop us a line at the usual email address or add a comment below.


Read Doctor Watson’s blog HERE.

Buy Sherlock on DVD HERE.


A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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Walk of the Week


Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.


You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.


But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…







Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London

2 pm on Mondays (not August 25) from Tower Hill Tube

This walk's an outdoor museum. The museum of the Lost City. Its 17 stops – 17 pearls in a pan of gravel – are core samples into London's past. Into its history. As per the title of the walk, we concentrate on the classical city.* But Roman, Saxon, Mediaeval, Renaissance, Jacobean, Georgian, Victorian, Manhattanisation – it's all here. Against those foils – ancient and modern – the classical city cracks into poetry. Come upon it unawares you feel you've walked into another dimension. That's where we're going (going inside in a couple of cases), that's what we see. Everything from a rare surviving mediaeval church – there's no better gauge of Wren's achievement – to St. Paul's itself. And from the church that's regarded as the world's most perfect building (if it doesn't stop you in your tracks nothing will – miss the Tower of London, if you have to, but don't miss this little church) to crook-backed little cobble-stone lanes and alleyways that breathe history. Guided by Hilary or Kim.

*And so we come to the great period. What a city it was, with every view inflected, the steeples bigger than the houses and St. Paul's much bigger than either – Wren ringing the changes infallibly. Three hundred years on a surprising amount of the classical city survives, but it's hidden – the pearl in the oyster. As the poet said:

"Now lighted shops down aisles of mist smoulder in gold and amethyst;
And, paved with fragments of the skies, our sooty town like Venice lies..."

The Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London walk takes place every* Monday at 2 pm
*except August 25

Meet Hilary or Kim just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube.




A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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