Friday, 31 May 2013

A Great London Movie For Rock'n'Roll London Day!



It's Rock'n'Roll London Day… AND It’s the ongoing Daily Constitutional Film Festival! The latter is programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.



On Rock’n’Roll Friday, here’s Adam…


No. 37: Blowup (1966)


Adam writes…


In yesterday’s contribution to The Great London movies series (catch up with that post on The Jokers [1967] HERE) my chum Richard IV also mentioned Blowup, the Antonioni film from 1966. His passing suggestion that it was a somewhat po-faced affair is difficult to disagree with 40-and-some years on – but I feel compelled to add it to our list for its memorable performance by The Yardbirds.

It is Rock’n’Roll London day, after all. Here’s the trailer…




And here are The Yardbirds with Beck and Page in their scene from the movie…









And heres our own film…!





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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The London Nightly Photoblog 30:05:13

Last orders! The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional takes just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.





Farringdon Road


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The Great London Movies No.36: The Jokers

It’s The Daily Constitutional Film Festival. And it’s programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.



LW film expert Richard IV returns with a 60s classic…


No. 36: The Jokers

An energetic Michael Winner production, a proper swinging sixties film (and far more fun than Blow Up) with Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford as brothers who, disguised as Royal Engineers, steal the Crown Jewels. From iconic symbols of old London (the Tower, Trafalgar Square, the Albert Memorial) to cutting-edge architecture (the Economist Building, standing in for New Scotland Yard) a great showcase for the capital. One of the best supporting casts, full of familiar faces (Harry Andrews, James Donald, Daniel Massey, Kenneth Colley). And the placing of the jewels upon the scales of ‘Justice’ atop the Old Bailey is a bravura moment in British film.




Richard IV
Richard IV is an actor, swordsman and an expert on early detective fiction.  Velvety voiced and perfect timing, he makes for some awfully handsome listening! No surprise to learn that he's narrated numerous documentaries and audiobooks.





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Haven't You "Herd"? It's Foodie London This Saturday

Here's Foodie Ann…

There was a cute photo in the papers this week of Maggie, a Herdwick sheep born from an embryo frozen during the foot and mouth outbreak, who has just given birth to two lambs. Maggie  and her breed have been a vanishing species, but interest in rare breeds means their future is more secure.

Herdwick are fell sheep, picking their way around the hills in Cumbria. They don’t put on weight quickly – neither would you if every day was spend fell walking – so they aren’t popular with breeders  who can raise more timid breeds that get fatter more quickly. But that slow growth means really good flavour. And Herdwicks have just been granted a PDO – protected denomination of origin, also awarded to Jersey Royals, Stilton cheese and Cornish clotted cream.

Herdwicks’ most famous supporter was Beatrix Potter, who bred them herself . But if your interest in them is culinary rather than literary, you can often buy Herdwick lamb and mutton at Sillfield Farm in Borough Market.


For more foodie titbits join Ann’s Foodie Walk this Saturday, June 1. Meet at Green Park tube, park exit by the fountain.




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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Nightly London Photoblog 29:05:13

Last orders! The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional takes just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.



Whodunnit?


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The Great London Movies No's 30 – 35

It’s The Daily Constitutional Film Festival. And it’s programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.



My goodness these London Walks guides are busy bees. Straight and to the point here’s a list from Isobel and a command from Laurence…


No. 30 - 35:

Isobel's list…


My Beautiful Laundrette; Skyfall; Truly Madly Deeply; Defence of the Realm; Secrets and Lies


Laurence's command…

Add Quadrophenia.




Here’s the Skyfall trailer…




Isobel
Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.

Laurence

…is a Blue Badge Guide who can often be found leading Jack the Ripper Walks for London Walks.



Forthcoming Film Walks with London Walks… Alfred Hitchcock's London on September 22, from Holborn underground, both at 10.45; and London on Film on August 25, Bank underground exit 3 at 10.45.


You can also book a private London Film Locations walk by calling London Walks on 020 7624 3978 or emailing london@walks.com. 





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The Great London Movies No.28 & 29: Hue and Cry & The Lavender Hill Mob

It’s The Daily Constitutional Film Festival. And it’s programmed by London Walks Guides and London Walkers. Which is the greatest London movie of them all? The best performance in a London-set film? Your favourite London movie location?

As usual, we want to hear from you – send us your favourite London movie nominations to the usual email address, get in touch with us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.



Angela joins in…

No. 28 & 29: Hue and Cry & The Lavender Hill Mob



Another thought re London films: 'Hue and Cry", an Ealing comedy, 1947, set in London just after the war, and 'The Lavender Hill Mob', early fifties I think, set a bit in Paris but mostly London, and again a classic!


Classics indeed Angela! Here they are…







Angela

Angela is one special actress. "She's so good it's almost impossible to compliment her", as Frederic Raphael, the author of The Glittering Prizes, said of her performance in that award-winning series. A similarly smitten Clive James said of her "Helena in the Royal Shakespeare Company's All's Well That Ends Well: "You couldn't ask to hear the words better spoken"






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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The London Nightly Photoblog 28:05:13

Last orders! The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional takes just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.





Colourful Southwark Bridge



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