Saturday, 17 December 2016

#London Christmas Shopping No.19: City Churches (Esp. @stbrideschurch) @ChurchWatchers

Daily Constitutional editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…


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.


Best place for Christmas Shopping? LW Guide Kim offers…


City Churches

City churches. So many of them and they all offer something different.

Pick up stationery, a guidebook to the church you are visiting or find ideas for others to see or even a best seller at a discounted second-hand price.

Favourite of the moment is St Bride's, Fleet Street.



I once bought a beautifully made with the odd individual shaped piece to fit into (cross and chalice are obvious though I'm not sure where the rabbit fits in) and the perfect post-Christmas lunch family activity.


You can also sing your heart out at one of their many carol services.


St Bride's Just Giving Page, where you can contribute to the ongoing preservation and renewal of the church, is here: www.justgiving.com



Kim


Kim, who has worked in the House of Commons and the European Parliament, is another 24-carat Blue Badge Guide: she won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award in 2001.






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.



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