Sunday, 23 April 2017

#London Walks London Walk of the week: #UrbanGeology In Trafalgar Square


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Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.






You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.







But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…




Urban Geology in Trafalgar Square & St. Martin's Lane

Leicester Square Tube, exit 1

Saturday 29th April at 2.30pm




The centre of London showcases a history of iconic British stones from Cornish Granite via Portland Stone to Edinburgh’s Craigleith Sandstone. Come and find out more about how stone quarrying influenced 19th Century architecture and vice versa in the walk down St Martin’s Lane and Trafalgar Square. Guided by University College London Geologist Ruth. (It all comes down to the guiding.) N.B. The walk takes about two hours and will end at Charing Cross Station.


To go on the Urban Geology in Trafalgar Square & St. Martin's Lane walk meet Ruth at 2.30 pm on Saturday, April 29. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 of Leicester Square Tube (by Wyndham's Theatre).




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.



Saturday, 22 April 2017

#London Walks – #LondonRuns - A First Review For The NEW Jogging Tours With LW's @hallett_g


LW's Andy Hallett writes…

As reported on Twitter yesterday, I staged a "dress rehearsal" for my new early morning guided tours for runners. It went really well…




Michele even came back with a review! She wrote…

"Great fun this morning trying out a new London Walks offering, a guided run tour. Super fun and a great way to shake off jet lag."






The first run is from affluent, fashionable Holland Park and Kensington to The Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Speakers Corner and Marble Arch. Meet me just outside Holland Park Tube station at 7.15 am on May 4th. Here's the route we'll be following…





For more details on my London Runs tours go to www.walks.com/our-walks/london-walks-runs



About Your Guide…


Andrew

Andrew is "the Queen Mum's favourite". Or, in the words of the Evening Standard, "a class act". Astrikingly talentedyoung actor – and budding historian – he received rave reviews for his one-man show, "George VI in Heaven". Andrew is good company: laid back, friendly, fun, at ease with himself and his walkers and his handsome, historic old patch. Add to the mix the fact that he's completely in command of his material and you've got a great walk fronted by a very gifted young guide.


About Andrew's Guided Running Tours…


London 5Km morning runs with guided commentary. Beautiful scenic routes taking in some of central London’s most historical landmark buildings, stunning vistas and Royal parks. We will be using an app which you will need to download to hear crystal clear commentary as you run. Smart phone and headphones required.

There will be four London Runs over the summer, each will be on a Thursday and will meet at the designated tube station at 7:15am. The first run will take place on May 4th meeting place Holloway Park tube station, the second June 8th meeting place Hyde Park Corner (exit 1), the third July 6th meeting place Temple tube station and the final run August 3rd meeting place Barbican Tube Station.
You will need to download the Zello app to your smart phone from your app store to hear the commentary. (See below for more details).
The cost of the run £10 adults, £8 students, over 65’s and discount holders + data usage on your smart phone. (No more than £1:50 if pay as you go, free if you have unlimited data allowance).

You will need a smart phone and any standard ear phones/headphones. Download the free app Zello (www.zello.com) from your app store it’s available on Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry. Set up your account with a username. It will take 2 minutes. We have set up a designated running channel called ‘London runs’, our account is ‘LondonWalksA’. You can either search or find the channel before we start or I will show you how to find it when you arrive. I will then give you the password and bingo we are all hooked up together in our own private group channel.



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.



Friday, 21 April 2017

#London Walkers Review London Walks: "Best Ever Tour Of Westminster" with @kpgtourguide



Mary, Fiona, Maxine & Noel in the London Walks office write… On Mondays & Fridays we'll be sharing reviews of our London Walks written by London Walkers. Firstly, THANKS to all who have written to us down through the years, your kind words are greatly appreciated! Our guides don't solicit these reviews on our tours – we believe that this would be a waste of your time. That's what makes these reviews all the more special – they have been sent to us by genuine London Walkers who have given up their valuable time to drop us a line or two, or leave a comment on travel message boards & websites. Thanks everyone.


We received this one via Twitter after Karen's Westminster tour on Saturday









Thank YOU Siobhan!


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.



Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day: Then Saturday is #RecordStoreDay 10th Anniversary!


Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day! Join the Rock'n'Roll London walk this (and every Friday) afternoon at 2:00p.m meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station




Adam writes…


Tomorrow is Record Store Day 2017.

(Of course every day is Record Store Day, they're just making a fuss about it tomorrow is all.)

To mark the occasion, here are five London record stores for your delectation - the first part of the post is adapted from an earlier post that appeared as part of my Cartoon & Comic Book Tour Of London series



1. Alan's Records, East Finchley


Support your local record shop. Support MY local record shop too! Alan's Records in East Finchley




My last purchase there was this Motown gem…



… which featured on this blog just a couple of weeks ago.

Alan's Records also features in T.J Bird's lovely comic book Rock & Pop…




Rock and Pop by Tim Bird is about the how the commonplace is rendered elegiac by the presence of music.

It has my very favourite things in it: cartoonsmusicLondon and, best of all, daughters.

For anyone who has ever loved a song, this lovely musical autobiography will strike a chord.

Here's Alan's cameo appearance…





   


You can buy Rock & Pop and all of Tim Bird's other comic creations at his website www.timothybird.co.uk/shop/



2. Rat Records, Camberwell

Support my ex-local record shop! When I lived in Forest Hill, Rat Records (GREAT name!) was the nearest and best place to buy second-hand vinyl.





In a further comic book foot note, Rat Records makes a tiny cameo appearance in my own Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book – issue 1 starring Pink Floyd – on the page dealing with Camberwell School of Art…




You can keep up with Rat Records on Facebook HERE. And here's my very fave review of Rat Records, taken from that FB page…











The next three choices can all be found along the route of the Rock'n'Roll London Walk this (and every Friday) afternoon…



3. Reckless Records, Soho








4. Sister Ray, Soho









5. Sounds of the Universe, Soho








Happy record shopping!



Here's the trailer for the Rock'n'Roll London Walk which meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station every Friday.







The Rock'n'Roll London walk is ONLY London Walk with its own dedicated comic book! Written by Rock'n'Roll London guide (and Daily Constitutional editor Adam) you can buy a print copy on this afternoon's Rock'n'Roll London walk or download at the London Bookstore online: londonbookstore.myshopify.com






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.