Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wordy Wednesday – It's The Literary #London Pub Walks with Brian Tonight at 7pm!

Wordy Wednesday: Brian Leads the Literary London Pub Walk Tonight


Some Literary London links to tide you over until you join me on my walk this evening at 7pm…





Some Literary London Links..... 

William Makepiece Thackeray sets 'Vanity Fair' in Russell Square, his daughter was Harriet Thackeray who married Leslie Stephen; Leslie Stephen was the father of Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf was the first cousin of Ralph Vaughan Williams who was related to Charles Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood and John Maynard Keynes, who bought a house from Virginia Woolf, who was proposed to by Lytton Strachey, who was Duncan Grant's cousin, who was the father of Angelica Bell who married David Garnett who had an affair with Clive Bell…


Meet Brian at 7pm, Holborn Tube station. There's no need to book. A London Walk costs £10 (£8 concession)





Brian
Brian, a professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide, won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award in 1994. His career has embraced the law, surveying, catering, dispatch riding and art - and the stage may be beckoning. Now, anyone for a soundbite? And if you'd like a completely independent take on Brian's guiding, well, read this Marylebone Journal review of his Old Marylebone walk. 







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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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Archive: Two Years Ago On Our Blog… Tom Shares His Favourite #London Movie

It’s The Daily Constitutional Film Festival. And it’s programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.



LW Guide Tom adds…

No. 23: It Happened Here



How about the Kevin Brownlow 'cult' film 'It Happened Here' made in 1964 where bizarrely Nazi Germany invades and overruns the UK. Part shot in Notting Hill and mentioned on my walk in that neighbourhood.




Adam adds a P.S… on a similar theme, here’s an earlier post on Len Deighton’s alternative history thriller SS-GB.  (It will help you get your thinking caps on – we’re looking for your favourite London books soon!)



Tom
Tom is a barrister, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Examiner for the Blue Badge Guides Course, travel writer and another creme de la creme professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide (he's the Chairman of the Guild of Guides Association). Follically challenged but motorcycling virile, his graceful wit, classic elegance of mind, infectious giggle, and gentle and generous heart make him the delight of all who know him. 




26/5/15: DC Editor Adam adds… Catch up with all the London Walks guides' favourite London movies HERE



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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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Monday, 25 May 2015

In & Around London… #London Glass

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.





London glass. Feel the pane…


Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Syon House

Bow Street Magistrates Court with Royal Opera House reflected

St Giles-in-the-Fields with central St Giles in yellow beyond

The window of the Lost Property Office, Baker Street






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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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Walk of the Week: Hidden #London


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…







HIDDEN LONDON

11 am on Mondays from Monument Tube Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit (the main exit)

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. (kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free)

This walk is the distillation of a brilliant guide's many years' experience probing the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city. Exploring parts of London that few people know exist – up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past secret islands of green – Shaughan's at his inimitable best. As the New York Times put it, the walk is "a highly entertaining...blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdote laced wild mildly scurrilous gossip about past and present celebrities and defunct royals." In such places and with such a guide, the past becomes our present.

The Hidden London Walk takes place every Monday morning at 11 am

Meet Shaughan just outside the main exit – the Fish Street Hill exit – of Monument Tube.




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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