Where in the World? is our new occasional series in which Adam, The Daily Constitutional’s Editor is logging the locations of his London Walkers.
“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.
We’ll be breaking it down by English and Welsh counties, Scottish regions, Irish provinces, U.S States, Canadian provinces, Australian states, European, Asian, African and South American countries. And, of course, by London boroughs.”
Last Tuesday on the Ghosts of the Old City walk, Germany joined our Map of London Walkers in the shapes of Danielle and Kirsten from Cologne. Thanks for walking with us!
Canada entered the picture, too – welcome the Lintons from Toronto, Ontario who told us: “Donald Rumbelow got us hooked to London Walks 20 years ago and it’s the only walking tour company as far as we’re concerned.”
They also joined us on Ghosts of the West End and Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness, as well as going to see Donald at Tower Hill to get his signature on a copy of his latest Jack the Ripper book.
Germany in London
By 1861 London had a German population of around 14,000 – roughly half of the German immigrants in Great Britain.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the anti-Nazi dissident preacher moved to London in 1933 and settled in Sydenham, south east London. Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis in April 1945 and is commemorated above the West door of Westminster Abbey as a 20th Century Christian Martyr.
Sydenham in south east London was home to a thriving community of German musicians in the 19th century thanks to its proximity to both the German church and the Crystal Palace, home of the Handel Festival from 1857.
Ontario in London
Canada Square at Canary Wharf is named for the Reichmann family of Toronto, the original developers of the modern site.
Ontario is also home to the world second largest London. London Ontario has a population of around 366,000.
Click here to see some aerial shots of London taken by our Air Canada pal Doug Gilbart.
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.