Sunday, 30 June 2013

Close of Play: The Nightly Wimbledon Blog from The D.C

For the duration of the world's greatest tennis tournament – this year from 24th June to the 7th July – CLOSE OF PLAY will bring you a Wimbledon fact of the day. (The London Nightly Photoblog will return on the 8th July…weather permitting!)


Royal Wimbledon… In his role as President, the Duke of Kent (the Queen’s cousin) made a change in etiquette at the famously traditional tennis tournament. From 2003 it has no longer been a requirement for the players to bow or curtsey to the Royal Box unless the occupants of said box are HM The Queen or HRH the Prince of Wales.





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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Close of Play: The Nighty Wimbledon Blog from The D.C

For the duration of the world's greatest tennis tournament – this year from 24th June to the 7th July – CLOSE OF PLAY will bring you a Wimbledon fact of the day. (The London Nightly Photoblog will return on the 8th July…weather permitting!)


Any colour you like as long as it’s white… It is a Wimbledon tradition that the players compete in white. Coloured piping or trim is permissible, but the predominant colour of player’s clothing must be white. New outfits must be checked with an official before being worn on court. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam to have a dress code.








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London Museums: Six of the Best… and then Six MORE of the Best


As reported this week, London is home to SIX of the Top Twenty most visited museums in the world.

Today we’re adding another six to your list to make a round dozen of must-sees. These not-so-visited treasures are the perfect compliment to the six “big guns” – The British Museum, The National Gallery, The V&A, The Science, The Natural History and the Tate Modern – that made the Top 20…




The Grant Museum


Did you come to London to visit the rellies? Then here they are at The Grant Museum of Zoology, part of University College London. The Grant is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.

Grant Museum of Zoology,
Rockefeller Building,
University College London,
University Street,
WC1E 6DE




The Petrie



Another UCL museum, the Petrie Museum, founded on the collection of noted Egyptologist William Flinders Petrie (1853–1942).


The Petrie Museum
Malet Place
London WC1E 6BT





The Globe Exhibition



Where Shakespeare comes alive – even if you haven’t got tickets for a play, get down to Bankside and visit the knowledgable and enthusiastic team at the exhibition. You will leave with the unshakeable feeling that you MUST get Shakespeare into your life.

Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
London, Greater London SE1 9DT





The Horniman



The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill features on so many of those “Hidden/Secret London” lists so beloved of journalists that it’s surely no secret any more. A vivid collection of musical instruments, natural history and cultural artefacts, the Arts and Crafts building in which the collection is housed is set in lovely gardens – both the gardens and the museum are free or charge.
 

The Horniman Museum
100 London Road,
Forest Hill,
London,
SE23 3PQ





The Museum of London

Does exactly what it says on the tin…






Pollock’s Toy Musuem



Benjamin Pollock was the last of the Victorian Toy Theatre printers and this famous London institution takes its name from him. Originally at Monmouth Street, Pollock’s has been at Scala Street W1 since 1969. The museum itself is an eccentric delight with six rooms and three staircases (!) packed with historic toys and games.



Pollock’s Toy Museum
1 Scala Street
London W1T 2HL








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Friday, 28 June 2013

Close of Play: The Nightly Wimbledon Blog from The D.C

For the duration of the world's greatest tennis tournament – this year from 24th June to the 7th July – CLOSE OF PLAY will bring you a Wimbledon fact of the day. (The London Nightly Photoblog will return on the 8th July…weather permitting!)



Strawberries and Cream… the traditional tucker of the Wimbledon Championships is strawberries and cream. An estimated 28,000 kilos of strawberries are consumed during the fortnight, doused in around 7000 litres of fresh cream.









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Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day: The OTHER Fab Macca




It’s Wimbledon! It’s Rock’n’Roll Friday! There’s only one way to combine the two: McEnroe plays Hendrix!









And heres our RocknRoll London video



Now also every Wednesday!! The Rock’n’Roll London Pub walk, every Wednesday night at 7:00pm…







THE ROCK’N’ROLL LONDON PUB WALK! EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM 1ST MAY AT 7.00PM MEETING AT TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION (EXIT 3).

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

CREDIT CARD PRE-BOOKING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE ROCK’N’ROLL LONDON WALK EVERY FRIDAY VIA THE LONDON BOOKSTORE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK AND PREPAY




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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Close of Play: The Nightly Wimbledon Blog from The D.C

For the duration of the world's greatest tennis tournament – this year from 24th June to the 7th July – CLOSE OF PLAY will bring you a Wimbledon fact of the day. (The London Nightly Photoblog will return on the 8th July…weather permitting!)




Best Of British… Virginia Wade was the last British player to win a singles title at Wimbledon – back in 1977. It marked the 100th anniversary of The Championships and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Wade had previously won both the French and the U.S Opens. She competed at Wimbledon in 24 Championships, more than any other player.










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Ah, The London Summer…


David writes…

To play’s the thing.

Something so English, so summer-in-London about this scene.

A leafy, well-heeled, key square in central London. Garden furniture. A small pavilion tent or two. Some rough-and-ready-but-gets-the-job-done lighting. An all-ages, jolly, life-is-good audience of residents. A sparkling young theatre company* – the boys in ridiculous hats (let alone shorts that wouldn’t be caught dead on Waikiki’s Dress Your Worst Day), the pretty girls in skimpy, spangly, shimmery dresses. The company-audience rapport. The energy. The sparkling fun of what’s going on. The private-but-not-private setting. The devil-may-care attitude to the weather. The great national poet making his presence felt in a pitch-perfect, hail-fellow-well-met way (the play’s A Comedy of Errors; the production couldn’t be more up-to-date, accessible, rivetingly clear, fun). The thumbs up to silliness and high spirits and cock-a-snookery-to-respectability-and-restraint.

This is London.  This is summer. This is summer in London.

Gets my vote.

*The Principal Theatre Company. Look ‘em up, they’re good news.





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London Pub of the Week No.12: The Newman Arms

In keeping with our literary theme this summer, here’s a literary pub…



EVERY THURSDAY! Our round-up of our favourite London pubs on or near the routes of our London Walks. We’ll be posting reviews, giving recommendations and directions and from time-to-time delving into the stories behind the pubs and pub names. As always, we want to hear your suggestions, too. Send your Best Pub In London suggestions to the usual address or leave a comment below.




The Newman Arms pub – and legendary pie shop above – remains a diamond of the London pub world.

Famous customers have included Winston Churchill and Dylan Thomas (is there a pub in the world that can’t claim the aptly initialled DT as a regular?). George Orwell’s name is indelibly associated with the place, one legend having it that he took a pint here before heading off to fight in the Spanish Civil War.



When considering Orwell’s famous essay, The Moon Under Water, in which he lovingly lists the properties of his ideal pub, The Newman Arms always springs to this blogger’s mind – particularly in this line: “Upstairs, six days a week, you can get a good, solid lunch…The special pleasure of this lunch is that you can have draught stout with it.” (It's five days a week these days, but the principal still holds: good, honest food and real ale.)

The Newman Arms
23 Rathbone Street (off Charlotte Street),
Fitzrovia,
London W1T 1NG.
To book a table to eat upstairs call 020 7636 1127.










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