Monday, 31 December 2012

#HappyNewYear!


In Scotland there’s a famous New Year tradition known as “first footing”. To go first footing is to visit friends and neighbours in their homes just after the stroke of midnight. If you are the first visitor of the new year, you are known as the First Foot.

When first footing, it is considered very bad luck to arrive at someone’s house empty handed, as this will bring ill fortune upon the family home. A lump of coal and a black bun (a heavy, rich fruitcake) are the traditional gifts to bring when first footing.

Someone seems to have gone first footing here in London…



These famous footprints sum up London in 2012. They belong to none other than Wenlock, the Olympic mascot who, along with Paralympic mascot Mandeville, brightened up our London streets this summer.

Happy New Year to London Walkers and Daily Constitutionalists everywhere! We’ll see you out there in 2013!





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In and Around London... Christmas is SO Over


Monday is mute on the London Walks Blog (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides, London Walkers and Facebook friends. 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.



We seem to be clearing the decks for New Year here in London…


We do hope the majestic Trafalgar Square tree doesn't suffer the same fate as these specimens…

…in Goswell Road…

… also in Goswell Road (O! They're harsh down in EC1)…

Farringdon Road

Even in trendy Lambs Conduit Street, it's all over for another year.







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Friday, 28 December 2012

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day






As 2013 approaches we’re all very excited about the David Bowie retrospective at the V&A…





It opens on 23rd March and is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Booking is now open at the V&A website.




 And heres our own RocknRoll London video (Rex is leading the walk today at 2.00pm)





Join the Rock’n'Roll London Walk on Friday at 2pm, meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) – to book a Private Walk call 020 7642 3978 or email london@walks.com




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Thursday, 27 December 2012

London Spy 27:12:12


Five Headlines.

Five Stories.

Five Minutes


The Daily Constitutional's Round Up Of London In The News.



FOOD: 5 Top London Restaurants – Time


SHOPPING: Boxing Day Shopping Bonanza – The Evening Standard


HERITAGE: The Jubilee Raven – BBC










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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas!



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12 Days of London Christmas… (He Sounded Like) 12 Drummers Drumming!


It’s our very own Daily Constitutional version of the 12 Days Of Christmas – with London quirks and twists. 


Some literal, some tenuous, some downright contrived (!), what links them all is that they can be seen right here in the world’s greatest city on or around the route of a London Walk. 


Don’t forget… you can join London Walks TWICE today!! The walks meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square. Click HERE for more details



Merry Christmas!






Keith Moon of The Who commemorated on the old Marquee Club in Soho







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Monday, 24 December 2012

12 Days of London Christmas… Piper Piping


It’s our very own Daily Constitutional version of the 12 Days Of Christmas – with London quirks and twists. 


Some literal, some tenuous, some downright contrived (!), what links them all is that they can be seen right here in the world’s greatest city on or around the route of a London Walk. 


Don’t forget… you can join London Walks TWICE on Christmas Day! The walks meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square. Click HERE for more details



Merry Christmas!




Oi! Sherlock! No smoking on the Underground!






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Sunday, 23 December 2012

12 Days of London Christmas… Leapin' Lords!


It’s our very own Daily Constitutional version of the 12 Days Of Christmas – with London quirks and twists. 


Some literal, some tenuous, some downright contrived (!), what links them all is that they can be seen right here in the world’s greatest city on or around the route of a London Walk. 


Don’t forget… you can join London Walks TWICE on Christmas Day! The walks meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square. Click HERE for more details



Merry Christmas!





Morris Men on Bankside







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