Saturday, 17 December 2016

Rest & Be Thankful No.2 An Hourly Emergency Bulletin for West End Xmas Shoppers #shoppingishell Nell of old Drury #CoventGarden




For those of you out and about today on the busiest shopping day of the year… TIME TO TAKE A BREAK from the hell of Oxford Street & surrounding environs! Head for…


Here's LW's Richard III…



Nell of Old Drury, Catherine Street, Covent Garden.


I go here every Wednesday on Ghosts, Gaslight and Guinness.  It is a real theatre pub.  The orchestras of the musicals and the Royal Opera drop in for a drink during the interval and after the show cast and crew from the surrounding theatres drink here.  There is a room upstairs which looks out over the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where you can nearly always find a table.  They don't do food, but there are a million restaurants nearby and as a result you are not jostling with people eating at tables.  It is a good old fashioned boozer with lovely staff and they serve Broadside, my favourite beer.  It is named after Nell Gwynne one of the many mistresses of Charles II.  There is a tunnel that links the theatre with the pub and the King would use it for secret assignations with Nell and be back in his box as the curtain came down.








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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