Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Plaque of the Week No.40

Commemorating: David Garrick
Street: Southampton Street
Postcode: WC2
Borough: Westminster

David Garrick was the first actor to be buried at Westminster Abbey (1779) – only Shakespeare and Henry Irving can lay claim to being more celebrated in the London landscape.

A club, a theatre and a street all carry his name. Legend has it that he was the inspiration for the theatrical good luck wish “Break a leg!” – having been so engrossed in a portrayal of Richard III that he failed to notice that he had sustained a fracture.

Such a character was never going to have a mere blue disk to his memory. This outlandish plaque (pictured) adorns his former London home in Covent Garden – close to Drury Lane and the Theatre Royal with which he is so strongly asscociated.

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Monday, 28 June 2010

In and Around… The London Menagerie

The Monday Photoblog!


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.





It’s a jungle out there. Keep your eyes peeled for the these London beasts…


A Crystal Palace gorilla.


A Kensington elephant.


An Aldwych tiger.


A Fleet Street cat.


A South Bank ram.


POST UPDATED 5/4/16 - The South Bank Ram has since been removed from the Founders Arms pub. Mercifully, the Founders Arms pub is still standing.

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Sunday, 27 June 2010

London Walks: Seven Days 06:27:10

Seven Days Back: London Walks News Digest

The Top Seven Stories rounded up and posted to our Facebook Group London Walks Walkers this past week…

James Bond’s Car For Sale: One Reckless Owner – from ITN

A History of the World – from BBC Radio 4 website

Make 40-Love, Not 40-War! – from the BBC

HM The Queen at Wimbledon – from the BBC

A Degree from Harrods – from The Independent

Sam Mendes at the Old Vic – From the Financial Times

Andy Murray on Wimbledon 2010 – from The Scotsman


Seven Days Ahead

Seven Choice London Walks for the Coming Week:


Monday: The Secrets of Westminster Abbey


Tuesday: Secrets and Splendour of St Paul’s

Wednesday: The British Museum

Thursday: The Ancient City at Night

Friday: In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes

Saturday: Merrie Islington A River Runs Through It

Sunday: The Regent's Canal – Islington to Mile End

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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Signs of the Times V/The Big Game

They don't much care for football at the Salisbury pub, the beautiful old gin palace on St Martin's Lane – this is the sign on their door (above). Are you of the same mind? Is this Sunday's big game not for you? Are you a footballphobe?

Are you simply of a nervous disposition and just can't stand the tension?

If so, help is at hand. Join us in Old Highgate Village, on Westminster at War, in South Kensington, in the Unknown East End, in Little Venice, in the London of Shakespeare & Dickens, or on the new Strand Walk West of the Bars this Sunday afternoon.

P.S. Keep sending us your favourite London signs. This one above is from LW guide Karen who is leading her Theatre Walk this Sunday morning at 10.45am.

P.P.S. Come on England!


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Friday, 25 June 2010

Wimbledon 2010

Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said that “a week is a long time in politics".

In tennis, too.

Just four short days ago, at the start of Wimbledon 2010, the record for the longest singles match was a golden oldie from 41 years ago – played out on his day in London history, 1969.

A men's singles match. And some men's singles match it was. A five act epic. The longest men's singles match ever. Scoreboard – at the end – looked like this: 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. The vanquished? Charlie Passarell. The victor? Who else but the incomparable Pancho Gonzalez.

As a record it had a good, long run in the record books – until 24th June 2010, to be precise, when American John Isner overcame Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 in the longest match in history, taking 11 hours and five minutes over three days.

Make sure to come back to the LW Blog on 25th June 2051 to see if the record still stands.

Back to Harold Wilson – who was in the Prime Minister’s hot seat for that tennis match 41 years ago – and another of his sporting quotes. “Do you notice?” he asked back in 1966, “We only ever win the World Cup under Labour.”

Will he be proven wrong this year?


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