Monday, 30 September 2013

The London Nightly Photoblog 30:09:13

It's nighty-nite from the London Nightly Photoblog! This is our last outing in this slot for a while – but we will be returning in the new year.

So here's one last look at London before we go up the wooden hill to High Barnet (we never go as far north as Bedfordshire – we're London through-and-through).

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.









A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.


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In & Around London… There's Always Something Odd Going On


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.



It seems like every day we see something odd going on in the streets of London…



Shooting a wartime drama in Lambeth

Model soldier? Models and a soldier?

Mixologists shaking their stuff

Salsa Classes & Comedy Roast Dinners (Er, what's a comedy roast dinner?)

David's shot from Twitter of actors between shots






A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.


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Friday, 27 September 2013

London Walks in the New York Times


Great article in the New York Times today by Mark Vanhoenacker on Hampstead, featuring the Hampstead Walk with London Walks…



Read the full article HERE.



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Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day





On this day in Rock’n’Roll history in 1964, the Beach Boys made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Here they are in their British TV debut right here in London town on the classic 60s pop show Ready Steady Go…









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






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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Simply the Most Fascinating Building In Whitehall

Here's David, our man in Whitehall…


The posts. The columns. They could – almost – be ship’s cannon. Four pounders. And 12 pounders.

It’s the Admiralty.

By my lights the most interesting building in Whitehall.

The most interesting building in Whitehall – and nobody, tourists as well as Londoners, ever sees it.

Really sees it. Properly sees it.

It gets drowned out in the gadarene rush to Downing Street. Or the Horse Guards. Or the Banqueting House.

There’s a lot you can “do” with this building. Gonna keep most of my powder dry. Mention just a couple of things by way of an appetizer.

That black flag. It’s not a flag. It never hangs limply. It’s metal. It’s a weather vane. The prevailing winds “position” it. And what it’s connected to. The “indicator” down in the Map Room. Where the gold braid conferred. And decided.

Which way’s the wind blowing? What direction does the Fleet take?

Or that black “pole” coming out of the green dome. It’s  a Marconi mast. Flashed radio signals to the Fleet. It replaced telegraph wires.

The telegraph wires replaced the hand-worked semaphore.

And so we come to it. The semaphore on the roof of the Admiralty.  Straight out of Nelson’s era. It would send a signal to the next station in St. George’s Fields. St. George’s Fields would pass it on to the next hill top station. And on and on to the cliff’s edge and ultimately to the quarter-deck.

Or the Portsmouth route. The roof of the Admiralty to Chelsea to Putney to Kingston to Cooper’s Hill to Chately Hill to five other hills to Compton Down to Portsdown Hill to Southsea Beach to the tower in High Street, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth is 57 miles from London. That hand-worked semaphore system got that message to Portsmouth in less than a minute.

And you say, but it was in full view of everybody. What if an enemy agent – a Continental spy – saw it?

Yeah. What if he did?

Byron died in Missolonghi in Greece on April 19, 1824. The news of his death didn’t reach London until May 14.


What’s that enemy agent going to do? Send a letter? Put up smoke signals?




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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lance Pierson’s Poetry Walks

With Summer ending and the thoughts of some already turning to Christmas we’d like you to turn them instead to poetry. Here’s Lance reading the poem “Christmas” by John Betjeman…





Walk leader Lance is also a professional actor who has been performing famous poetry for decades. If you enjoyed that performance of Betjeman’s classic then you will love the walks Lance is leading over the next few weeks. There’s a chance to see where Betjeman grew up and went to school. Or you can discover the rich poetic heritage of the Thames bank with poets from Shakespeare to Wordsworth and Burns to Donne commemorated or inspired there. And finally there’s the chance to learn more about John Milton, the only serious rival to Shakespeare as Britain’s greatest poet. And all of their poems are brought to life by Lance as you’ve just seen… 


Sunday 29th September, 2.30pm
Poetry in Motion – Betjeman's London



Sunday 6th October, 10.45am
A Poetry in Performance Walk – Shakespeare to Wordsworth

Sunday 13th October, 2.30pm
Poetry Afoot – John Milton







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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The London Nightly Photoblog 24:09:13

Here's one last look at London before we go up the wooden hill to High Barnet (we never go as far north as Bedfordshire – we're London through-and-through).

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.



Cheeky Moustache, Fit For A King



A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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A Literary Review For The Famous White Leaflet!

Thanks to London Walker Jeremy Jaye who posted the following on Facebook yesterday…




Thanks Jeremy, that is really very kind of you. We will pass on your words to David, the London Walks pen, as soon as he has come round to consciousness. He usually spends the first few days after the publication of The Famous White Leaflet lying in a darkened room!





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The London Reading List No.9: Kraken

The Great London Reading List! Essential London books that Londoners take away on holiday to remind them of home… books visitors should read before arriving in London… fact, fiction, poetry, all genres welcome. If you’re in the mood to recommend a great London bookshop, too, we’d love to hear it!  All suggestions to the usual address, please, or leave a comment below or get in touch via Twitter @londonwalks.




No 9. Kraken

By China Mieville







The Ed. replies: Thanks Tonya! Oliver Twist is a much-loved work here at The D.C – be it in novel, film or musical form. Your other recommendation, however, took us right out of our comfort zone. Deliciously so. China Mieville's conspiracy-laden romp leads us deep into the research wing of the Natural History Museum where a prize specimen lies, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. When this rare creature suddenly and impossibly disappears from the NHM, curator Billy Harrow is thrown into a maelstrom of warring cults, surreal magic and assassins. Wildly imaginative stuff.













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