April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!
A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016.
The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!
DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series
Where: Fortis Green Road, N2
Leafy, suburban North London seems like a sedate location for the birthplace of a rock’n’roll legend. Yet it was here in 1960 that Ray and Dave Davies made their public performance debut. The brothers would go on to form The Kinks and with such hits as You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola went on to transform the landscape of popular music.
The plaque is inside The Clissold Arms, which has an entire section of the bar dedicated to The Kinks with cuttings, sleeves, records and Kinks ephemera dotting the walls. The Kinks Room was opened in 2010 by Ray Davies himself and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory.
Why is the plaque not outside for all to see? We’re not sure. Perhaps Haringey Borough Council should be lobbied. While we’re about it, and while Her Maj is in a party mood, how about a knighthood for Ray Davies (see earlier post on Dedicated Follower of Fashion – I'm addressing the Queen directly here because Cameron has yet to get back to me)?
The Clissold Arms (great pub – great food too!) 105 Fortis Green N2 9HR (020 8444 4224) – nearest tube East Finchley. here's a map;
And here's the London Walks Podcast on The Kinks…
With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.
To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!
A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!
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.