Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The London Reading List No.28: London Stories by the #London Walks Guides!


Throughout March & April 2015 we'll be compiling our definitive London Reading List. 

We've asked London Walks Guides & London Walkers to recommend a favourite book or story, and we've also raided the archives here at The Daily Constitutional to bring a rich and varied selection of London-themed and London-set reading matter.

Whether you live here in London, work here, play here or if you are in the throws of planning a trip to visit us here, these are the books you need to read. As usual, you can give us a shout with your own recommendations – thrillers, literary classics, biographies, anthologies, anything! – at the usual email address, via Twitter or Facebook, or simply leave a comment below.



No.28. London Walks, London Stories

A bit of a cheeky one, this, adding our own book to the London Reading List. So, rather than give it a big puff (that would be a little pompous) what we’ll do instead is give you a chance to hear some of it. From the horses’ mouths, as it were. Over at The Mothership, David has been recording us reading extracts from the book.



Click HERE to listen to Tom read his own Legal London chapter; Adam reads from his Fleet Street chapter HERE; and HERE’S Nick reading from his Greenwich chapter. David does a bit of his Secret Westminster HERE.



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The #London Reading List No.27: London Stories Edited by Jerry White


Throughout March & April 2015 we'll be compiling our definitive London Reading List. 

We've asked London Walks Guides & London Walkers to recommend a favourite book or story, and we've also raided the archives here at The Daily Constitutional to bring a rich and varied selection of London-themed and London-set reading matter.

Whether you live here in London, work here, play here or if you are in the throws of planning a trip to visit us here, these are the books you need to read. As usual, you can give us a shout with your own recommendations – thrillers, literary classics, biographies, anthologies, anything! – at the usual email address, via Twitter or Facebook, or simply leave a comment below.


No. 27. London Stories



London Walks guide Corinna chips in again…

"My husband Howard gave me a lovely collection called London Stories published by Everyman and edited by acclaimed historian Jerry White - a great mixture from Thomas Dekker to Hanif Kureishi."



The New York Times adds…

“In London Stories, the city’s sprawling historical and literary landscape is served up in a tidy collection of 26 short works that span four centuries. . . . Jerry White doesn’t stint on delivering the goods on London’s dark side, which, of course, will delight true London devotees. . . . For the literary-minded traveler, the book is a gold mine.” –The New York Times







On Tuesdays our blog posts support the charity Missing People


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 Support Missing People at www.missingpeople.org.uk    

Follow Missing People on Twitter @missingpeople





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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, 27 April 2015

#London Plaque Tiddlywinks No.27: Lytton Strachey

Welcome to Plaque Tiddlywinks! 

Every night in the month of April we'll be jumping from one literary London plaque to another, connecting each plaque to another literary figure commemorated elsewhere in London with a nugget of literary trivia. Creative collaborations, romantic entanglements, feuds, places-in-common, the links will vary, but over the course of 30 days we'll have covered poets, biographers, novelists, humourists, critics, thriller writers and more until we have arrived full circle back at plaque number one! 

If you can guess what our next plaque might be, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post.





27. Lytton Strachey, a founding member of the Bloomsbury Group. A portrait photograph of Strachey with fellow Bloomsbury-set icon literary hostess and patron of the arts Lady Ottoline Morrell can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery. Lady Ottoline was the inspiration for…

We'll be back tomorrow night with our next Plaque Tiddlywink. In the meantime, here's where to find tonight's plaque at 51 Gordon Square…





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In & Around London… St Giles & Seven Dials #CoventGarden

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.





Some sights from this Saturday's Hidden West End Gin City, Seven Deadly Dials, Slum of Slums walk…









The Hidden West End Gin City, Seven Deadly Dials, Slum of Slums walk, guided by Daily Constitutional editor Adam, goes this Saturday 2nd May at 10:45a.m meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station.





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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