Friday, 29 July 2016

Friday is Rock'n'Roll #London Day: #Soho Archaeology @popsfishnchips

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day! Join the Rock'n'Roll London walk this (and every Friday) afternoon at 2:00p.m meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station



Adam writes…







I blogged last week about the welcome arrival of Poppies Fish & Chip shop in Soho. It has absolutely transformed the former site of the old 2'i's Coffee Bar at 55 Old Compton Street.

I was invited in last week to have a nose around and was further delighted to see an section of uncovered mural from the period that we love to call "Back In The Day"…








Find Poppies Soho here…






And here's a skiffle playlist to put you in the mood…





The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Station on Fridays at 2:00p.m



P.S Catch up with an earlier post on Poppies in Spitalfields HERE




The Rock'n'Roll London walk is ONLY London Walk with its own dedicated comic book! Written by Rock'n'Roll London guide (and Daily Constitutional editor Adam) it's available in both print & digital formats at the London Bookstore online: londonbookstore.myshopify.com






A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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Thursday, 28 July 2016

#plaque366 The Grand Lodge of Freemasons

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series





The original Freemasons Hall (now in Covent Garden) was located in St Paul's Churchyard…










A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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So A Scotsman & An Irishman Decide To Lead A Walking Tour… @LiamClarked @AdamScottG

Daily Constitutional Editor Adam writes…



I was delighted to see this review for my colleague Liam on TripAdvisor this morning (and thanks to Shageldon from Boston Mass for writing it!)…




Red bearded: yup, that's Liam alright. But Scottish? Not quite, although it's an easy mistake to make…



This is one of my favourite conversations when leading London Walks. It goes something like this:



London Walker: So which part of Ireland are you from?

Me: Scotland.


Or sometimes it goes like this:



London Walker: Is that an Irish accent?

Me: No. It's the other one.

London Walker: Oh! You're SCOTTISH!



It seems that my fine Irish colleague Liam gets the same conversation from the other end!


I certainly take no offence in being mistaken for an Irishman: poets and great storytellers every one of them. Reminds me of that wonderful Kenneth Tynan line (he was writing about Brendan Behan): The English hoard words like misers: the Irish spend them like sailors on leave.


Not wishing to speak on Liam's behalf but perhaps he feels the same way about being mistaken for a Scot? Maybe that's why he's cultivating the red beard, like Scotland's finest ambassador, Groundskeeper Willie…





(Catch up with an earlier post featuring Groundskeeper Willie HERE.)



Okay, here's a better likeness…




And if you'd like to compare and contrast our accents, here's a couple of videos of us in full London Walks spate. The first is me leading the Somewhere Else London tour, the second is Liam leading The Old Palace Quarter…








Thanks again Shageldon for the brilliant review!




Adam leads Rock'n'Roll London on Fridays meet Tottenham Court Road tube 2pm. For a walk description click HERE.


Liam leads the Westminster By Gaslight walk on Mondays at 7pm meeting at Westminster tube (exit 4). For a walk description click HERE.





A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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#TheAusterityGames @CamdenFringe @telltelltale @JanieOxford

DC Editor Adam writes…

Delighted to see this old Tweet of mine getting another outing this week thanks to the folk at Tell Tale theatre company…









The Austerity Games by Janie Hampton is one of my favourite London books of all. Click here for my review, first posted on The Daily Constitutional back in January 2012.



Which is why I was delighted to find out that it has been turned into a play.

The Austerity Games runs (pun intended!) at Kentish Town Community Centre on the 19th, 20th & 21st August 2016 as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. You can book tickets here: www.camdenfringe.com

Good luck to Tell Tale, and all involved with the Camden Fringe this year. Yet ANOTHER reason not to bother with Edinburgh in August (only joking, Edinburgh… well, HALF joking… back in 2011 I blogged 26 reasons to stay in London every August, the Camden Fringe was one of 'em and most of the reasons remain valid! Catch up with that earlier post HERE.)






A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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