Stalking The Strand with camera and pen, David Tucker presents a few new angles on one of London's most famous thoroughfares…
Just a couple of notes to warm the orchestra up.
1. That warmed-the-cockles-of-our-hearts remark that American chap made a few years back: “What I love about London Walks is the degree of granularity that you get.”
2. We – London Walks – thumb our nose at – we rout, send packing – that sad old saw, “we look but we don’t see.”
3. Every single bus tour of London goes along the Strand. They don’t see any of this.
Fantastic, isn’t it. Whadda ya got? Whadda ya not got? You got a ship. You got chains. You got an anchor. You got foliage. You got a ram’s head. You got a sword handle. You got rope. You got iron rings. You got a globe. You got a lyre. You got a fish – a pretty determined, indeed angry fish. (Well, we’re down on the Strand – we’re where the wild things are – what’d you expect?) Didn’t see the fish? Look closely at the paddle. You got sails and masts. You got a beaded necklace. You got an urn. You got a bow-tied ribbon.
Wanna see it in real life? Well, it’s down there, you can go look for it.
Course you could also enlist the services of a London Walks guide.
Yeah, that’s a pitch. An unashamed one. Why not? They’re the best guides in London. Seeing the place with their eyes for a couple of hours will change the way you see London.