Wednesday, 25 April 2018

#HampsteadGardenSuburb – More Than A Village by @kpgtourguide

DC Editor Adam writes…


Karen's tour of little known Hampstead Garden Suburb goes this Sunday 29th April at 2.30pm from Golders Green tube. It, in a word, is a homecoming for The London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year winner. A homecoming because conducting that walk is leading a tour of the corner of London in which she was raised. Here she is…


There are those – the great Peter Ackroyd among them – who would deny the existence of ‘village London’. A conceit, others say, concocted by estate agents to pass off downmarket areas as quaint and cultural.

And there’s a part of this Village London concept that I, too, would quibble with. The enclaves and quarters, the different 'manors' (to use Cockney parlance) and neighbourhoods are often too complex to be encapsulated by the boundaries of a mere village.

The famous square mile, the City of London is, despite its diminutive size, is obviously not a village – from some angles it even seems more than a mere City, coming over more as some independent city state. In turn, the myriad exoticisms of Soho could never fit into a village. That fabled quarter – also roughly a square mile – is more a Peoples’ Republic – i.e. a quarter that welcomes the peoples of the world of all creeds, colours and sexualities – than a village.

If you want a citadel, we’ve got one of those to spare here in London, too: the rarefied academic halls and spires of Harrow on the Hill, especially when approached on foot from the east via the Capital Ring, resembles nothing less than a stronghold. Viewed thus it’s little surprise that Harrow brought forth Churchill.

There’s one more for the 'more-than-a-village' category: Hampstead Garden Suburb. Conceived as a retreat from the onset of the urban sprawl in the early 20th-century, this deliberately well-hidden corner of north London is undeniably ‘villagey’ in both feel and look – and that, indeed, was one of the founding principles of the place, foremost in the mind of its creator Dame Henrietta Barnet.

The result – the quiet lanes, the proximity of the Heath, the veritable festival of English domestic architecture, the fruit tree in every garden, the world-renowned girls’ school, the parish church by Lutyens – surpasses even the original high ideals of its conservationist foundation.

More than a village, more even than London’s most beautiful village (for such a term is too subjective), Hampstead Garden Suburb is nothing less than the Model Village.

Such village perfection as was only imaginable in 1907 made real – and never yet surpassed.



Hampstead Garden Suburb – with Karen Pierce-Goulding

Sunday 29th April 2.30pm
Meet at Golders Green Tube

Here's a preview…






About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.




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.



Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Bells For A New Prince #RoyalBaby

David writes…



The Westminster Abbey peal will start at 1 pm today. We'll be hearing it on our Old Westminster walk (2 pm from exit 4 of Westminster Tube).

What's the peal?

Glad you asked. It's the peal to celebrate the birth of the royal baby.

For me – David – the appeal of the peal is the exacting, the minute particulars.

To wit: had the palace announced the birth yesterday before 11 am the peal would have started at 6 pm yesterday.

But since the birth was announced after 11 am the peal, naturally, has to take place the next day, today, starting at 1 pm.

There's a right way of doing these things.

Anything else? Sure. Quite a bit. Good stuff all of it.

That's my cue for letting the numbers ring out: 

The peal lasts 3 1/2 hours

Over a thousand changes will be rung on the six Westminster Abbey bells pealing the peal.


Finally – love this – the name of this peal is The Cambridge Royal Surprise. And – this is also delightful – delightful because it's against the grain, counter-intuitive – there's NO connection at all between the peal's name and the name of the proud parents, the Cambridges, the Duke and Duchess. It's just a weird and wonderful coincidence.


The Old Westminster Walk is at 2pm from Westminster tube (exit 4)




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.



Action! It's A Busman's Holiday For Jim Albritton of Newsocracy

DC Editor Adam writes…

Here was the guide's eye view on yesterday's Village in Piccadilly tour… 





That's Jim Albritton behind the camera, executive producer at Newsocracy in the U.S and he's on a European trip taking in London, Paris and Rome. He'll be shooting a few of our London Walks over the next couple of days. Do say "Hi!" to him, he's a nice fella.

Jim is one of our great Repeat Offenders – my nickname for London Walkers who have joined us on multiple walks down through the years. He first joined us on a high school trip to London in 1984.

We love his work at London Walks. Here's a couple he prepared earlier - shot on his last visit to the capital in 2016…














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.



Monday, 23 April 2018

In & Around #London #Photoblog… #HampsteadGardenSuburb – A Suburb For All Seasons

The Monday Photoblog!

DC Editor Adam writes…



Is Hampstead Garden Suburb London’s loveliest village? Judge for yourselves with our five pictures across all seasons.

Or see for yourself "in the flesh". The Hampstead Garden Suburb walk meets this Sunday 29th April at 2.30p.m. Join your guide outside Golders Green Station. Award-winning Karen Pierce-Goulding is leading…


St Jude's by Lutyens





St Jude's from afar

The Free Church – also by Lutyens




About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.



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.



Sunday, 22 April 2018

#LondonWalks Walk Of The Week: #HampsteadGardenSuburb With @kpgtourguide



On Sundays we 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…



Hampstead Garden Suburb – with Karen Pierce-Goulding

Sunday 29th April 2.30pm
Meet at Golders Green Tube

Here's a preview…






About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.



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.