It's back! The annual London Christmas Shopping Guide from The Daily Constitutional!
This year I'll be including museum gift shops and markets for gift ideas.
As well as gifts I'll be pointing you toward local London shops for the best in Christmas food and drink. Where relevant, I'll list the London Walks tour that finishes near the shop in question.
As usual, you can drop me a line with your own tips by emailing the usual address, by leaving a comment below or via Twitter.
There are only three Rock'n'Roll London Pub walks until Christmas! Meet me at 7pm, Tottenham Court Road Station Exit 1 on Wednesday nights!
This Wednesday 7th December we'll be having a live music stop at The Alley Cat Bar where I'll be doing a short set of tunes from our tour…
On the second part of the tour we pass by Fopp record shop where I'll be quite happy to make a Christmas Shopping Stop for anyone who needs to pick up a pressie or two…
If you need to find Fopp under your own steam, here it is…
In terms of what to buy? Well, how about…
Shine A Light – Joe Henry & Billy Bragg
This is simply the best up-the-pub idea EVER: Let's make an album of train songs and record them on trains and in stations across the vast expanse of the United States on a journey between Chicago and Los Angeles. What a great idea! Such a great idea, indeed, that any resulting album has a lot to live up to.
No problem there, either. Hardly a day has gone by when I haven't listened to this album since its release earlier this year. Joyful, yea-saying stuff.
Have a listen…
Set The Boy Free by Johnny Marr
Simply put: the most eagerly-awaited rock'n'roll biog since, well, Morrissey's. Marr's straight-ahead style takes us from his working class Irish childhood in Manchester to the founding of The Smiths, the band that saved guitar music, and beyond.
The Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk meets at Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) on Wednesday nights at 7pm
Christmas 2016 With London Walks…
On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks:
Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square
Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm
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.