Friday, 26 May 2017

#London Walkers Review London Walks: "A Walking Beatles Encyclopaedia" @londonbeatles




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. 

A great review on TripAdvisor for Richard's Beatles Tour…



Our guide Richard is a walking Beatles encyclopaedia. His knowledge of the Beatles is amazing. The tour showed us famous places like Abbey Rd, to small, unknown places like where John met Yoko. Clubs where they performed and socialised. Recording studios, Paul McCartney 's present day office, and the famous shopping district made famous by the musical stars of the 60's. The guide Richard stops to allow plenty of time for photo ops and shares his personal photos, many with the members of the Beatles. Well worth the money.






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: Marianne Faithful – Song of Innocence/Song of Experience


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…


On this day… Marianne Faithfull recorded her first hit single As Tears Go By, 26th May 1964.

Present at the recording that day future Led Zep bandmates Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass. The composers are Jagger & Richards and the record made number 9 in the UK singles chart and number 22 in the U.S.

Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, in one of the many legends surrounding this early Jagger/Richards song, demanded a number "with brick walls all around it, high windows and no sex."

Here's Marianne miming along to the track for US TV's Hullaballoo in 1965, in a segment presented by Brian Epstein…






The song remains in her live set to this day. Here she is again, separated from her 18-year-old self by 50 years. Andrew Loog Oldham's high walls are in ruins. She's sorrowful but not bitter. The frippery of the oboe is gone, as is the puppy-ishly eager beat and she's way down the vocal register. As much as I love the '64 version, in this 2005 take she inhabits the performance in a way that an 18-year-old could only dream of…





Faithfull's first album followed soon after. Entitled Come My Way, it's a great folk-flavoured record (released on the Decca label) it contains many of the seeds of Marianne Faithfull’s later career as a respected chanteuse.

The sleeve shot was captured in London's West End…


…on St Martin’s Lane, WC2, in The Salisbury Pub.

This ornate gin palace dates back to 1892 and is one of the West End’s best-preserved old pubs. Ask for directions at the end of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk, or find it under your own steam here…








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 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.



Thursday, 25 May 2017

What Will I See on The Hidden Pubs Walk With Andy @hallett_g?


London Walks Pen & Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent David Tucker writes…

A few details covered in Andy's Tuesday night's Hidden Pubs Walk



1. You'll see the finest Elizabethan building in the City

2. You'll see a spiky bronze dragon clutching his thing

3. You'll be taken through a precinct of essentially monastic character

4. You'll see a rare survivor of pre-Fire London

5. You'll see the only privately owned retail bank in the country. And "see through" that secret doorway.

6. You'll see a very early example of a purpose-built office, a pioneer of the Jacobean Revival

7. You'll see the first major Gothic Revival public building after the new Palace of Westminster

8. You'll see the smallest house in the City of London

9. You'll see the only London Art Deco building worthy to be set beside the skyscraper lobbies of mid-town Manhattan

10. You'll see Wren's tallest spire ("soaring out of its hemmed-in site, it's like a hollyhock that escapes from the pressure of undergrowth")

11. You'll see a herald blowing a trumpet

12. You'll pay your respects at the memorial to the parrot Polly, who died in 1926 aged forty, famous for her perfect imitation of the pop of a champagne cork – a feat that she performed four hundred times on Armistice night.

And that's just for starters...





London's Hidden Pubs meets at Temple tube every Tuesday night at 7pm. Click HERE for full details


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.



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Rain It Raineth… And the Rock It Rolleth

Adam writes…


Big, grey, looming… and no walking tour guide wants to mention it.

The elephant in the room?

The rainy London sky.

As I blog this, sunshine streams through The Daily Constitutional office window. And it feels like tempting fate to be writing about rain.

But how can it be avoided here in London? I've written about it often on The DC. I've composed a eulogy to a good and faithful brolly. I've sent a love letter to the showers. I've given top tips on waterproof kit

I've even made a short film in tribute to the London Walkers who stay with us when the heavens open…




I found myself making a "follow-up" film last Thursday after the torrential rain that flooded the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk. So many of you turned up I had to laugh – what an eccentric bunch! I was delighted to see every one of you.


I had tried my very best to warn you off on Twitter earlier in the day…







But still you joined me!

I'm asked all the time: "Do you still do your walks when it rains?"

My answer is always the same: "Doesn't matter a stuff what WE do. YOU are they guys who come out it all weathers."

For this, much thanks. here's my short film (and I'm doing the walk all over again tonight with NO rain according to the BBC!) at 7pm, Tottenham Court Road Tube…







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.



Monday, 22 May 2017

#London Walkers Review London Walks: "Really Great, No Fuss"




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. 

Thannks to odeayaUZI, a Londoner currently living away from the city for this lovely review on TripAdvisor…



 


I went on 3(!) London Walks in 2 days and each one was just as good as the other.

I am a Londoner and know more than most of my friends about its history (even though I now live abroad) but I am always surprised at how much I don't know.

The London Walks team have managed to find that fine line between keeping it light and pleasant and filling you with information. I would fully recommend any of the walks that they do, and I'm going to do some more on my next trips!

(It's also really great that there's no fuss. With a lot of walks, I felt uncomfortable or bullied into giving a tip. This group charges a reasonable fee per person and you are done.)






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.