Thursday, 26 May 2016

London's Archaeological Heritage In Danger – Sign The Petition

London Walks guide Steph brings the following petition to our attention –




Steph writes…


"This was sent to me by a CoLAS (City of London Archaeological Society) member - it is a worrying development, regarding potential changes in how archaeological sites will be assessed. London Walks guides and London Walkers might want to know about this, and maybe sign the petition."

Thanks Steph.

Here's the petition…


Britain has some of the most amazing and diverse archaeological remains in the world, however the new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced today puts all of this at risk, leading to the destruction of our past for good.


The current requirements that force developers to carry out archaeological and wildlife surveys before starting housing projects are to be abolished in the new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill.

This will destroy archaeological sites and risk the industry that conducts surveys, excavation and preservation of our vital past.



For more info, and to sign the petition, click HERE.




For more info on The City of London Archaeological Society visit their website at www.colas.org.uk



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#plaque366 T.P O'Connor

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





Commemorating T.P O’Connor in Fleet Street EC4

Today a plaque and a bust… commemorating politician, writer, editor, publisher and all-round busy bee T.P O’Connor. Born in Athlone, Ireland in 1848, as a journalist he worked on such titles as The Pall Mall Gazette and The Daily Telegraph. Among the newspapers O'Connor founded and edited we can include The Star (1887), The Weekly Sun (1891) and The Sun (1893, not the one we can buy today). He was first President of the Board of Film Censors in 1917, and was appointed to the Privy Council by the first Labour government in 1924. He sat as an M.P from 1880 to 1929. He died in 1929 and is buried at Kensal Green.





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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Beatles v Stones! A Playlist Ahead of Tomorrow's #Beatles & #RollingStones London Walks

Adam writes…

As the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk calls time over in Soho, here's a playlist for tomorrow's Rolling Stones London Walk with Richard Porter leading.


10 tracks, five each by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Your task is simple: decide who's best on the evidence provided!


Tracks one and two see both bands tackle the Lennon & McCartney number I Wanna Be Your Man. On tracks three and four the bands duke it out on Barrett Strong's Money.

Tracks five and six comprise the Chuck Berry Round: The Stones take a tilt at Carol with The Fabs romping through Rock'n'Roll Music. I've chosen those particular tracks as I believe them to be each band's best studio version of a Chuck Berry number – I'd even stick my neck out and say that both bands go some way to improve the originals (you can fight with me on that matter on Friday's Rock'n'Roll London Walk!)

Tracks seven and eight take a look at the great and vastly underrated Arthur Alexander – Jagger and Lennon croon You Better Move On and Anna respectively. 

Last round is The Great Sitar Battle – which, for me, conures up a fantastic image of Brian Jones and George Harrison taking great swings at each other with that hefty Indian instrument. In that context my money would be on the low-and-difficult-to-topple Jones over the slender Scouser. But in terms of music, who wins? Is it Paint it Black or Norwegian Wood?

Here's the playlist…







The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour meets at 11am every Thursday 

Street Fightin' Men The Rolling Stones in London tour meets at 2:30pm every Thursday

Both tours meet at Tottenham Court Road Station (exit 1)






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#plaque366 W.G Grace

A London 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


W.G Grace commemorated at Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham SE26

Dr William Gilbert Grace – W.G to cricket devotees – dominates the history of cricketing records: first batsman to score a century in a first class match before lunch (for Gentlemen of the South versus Players of the South at The Oval in 1873); he played first-class cricket for 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908; he made his farewell at Grove Park on 25 July 1914, playing for Eltham Cricket Club a week after turning 66 years old. It was once suggested that only Queen Victoria and William Gladstone were more recognisable than Grace as public figures.

He collected almost as many nicknames as he did records, “The Doctor” (he was a medico by trade) and “The Old Man” being popular epithets. But perhaps he is best summed-up with the well-earned soubriquet “The Champion”.


Find the plaque here:








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