Saturday, 10 December 2016

#London Christmas Shopping No.9: The Houses of Parliament Shop

Daily Constitutional editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

It's back! The annual London Christmas Shopping Guide from The Daily Constitutional!



This year I'll be including museum gift shops and markets for gift ideas. 


As well as gifts I'll be pointing you toward local London shops for the best in Christmas food and drink. Where relevant, I'll list the London Walks tour that finishes near the shop in question.



As usual, you can drop me a line with your own tips by emailing the usual address, by leaving a comment below or via Twitter.


LW's Tom points us to…



The Houses of Parliament Shop


For Parliamentary presents from House of Commons Fudge to a whole range of Suffragette items the Parliamentary Shop in Parliament Square is a must.



Close to beginning of Old Westminster, Westminster Abbey and Westminster by Gaslight walks.




Thanks Tom!



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.


Christmas 2016 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm








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.



Friday, 9 December 2016

#plaque366 St Pancras Station


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






St Pancras Station, saved from demolition in the 1960s and now the gateway to Europe.

The name Pancras means "the one who hold everything" – appropriate for the city that holds 'all that life can afford".










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.



Thursday, 8 December 2016

#plaque366 Michael Ventris


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






Architect and linguist, decipherer of Linear B – script found on tablets in the ancient Cretan city of Knossos in the early 20th Century. Ventris first saw the script as a schoolboy in the 1930 at Burlington House. Educated as an architect rather than a linguist, his work on Linear B, with John Chadwick and Alice Kober, culminated between 1951 and 1953.











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.



#London Christmas Shopping No.9: The London Transport Museum @ltmuseum

Daily Constitutional editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

It's back! The annual London Christmas Shopping Guide from The Daily Constitutional!



This year I'll be including museum gift shops and markets for gift ideas. 


As well as gifts I'll be pointing you toward local London shops for the best in Christmas food and drink. Where relevant, I'll list the London Walks tour that finishes near the shop in question.



As usual, you can drop me a line with your own tips by emailing the usual address, by leaving a comment below or via Twitter.


The London Transport Museum



Adam picks… For the London-iest of London-y gifts I always head to the shop at the Transport Museum in Covent Garden. There are great books on the history of mass transit and wonderful posters from the golden age of Tube advertising in the mid 20th century. Those same designs can also be found on mugs and tea towels.

But for that special London-flavoured gift, I'd recommend the "tartan of the clan MacLondon"…



The moquette fabric that has adorned the seats on Tube carriages and buses since the 1930s can now be brought into your home on cushions, bags and wallets.


Ask me for directions at the end of my Inside Covent Garden tour on Thursdays


You can find the London Transport Museum here…



Christmas 2016 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm








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.