Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Happy Birthday #London Walker Mike from Wimbledon!

DC Editor Adam writes…


I had a most enjoyable afternoon yesterday on my Village In Piccadilly walk with a lovely bunch of folk from Kentish Town, Oxford, Gatwick, Epsom, Australia, California, Canada, Wimbledon and Brixton.

London Walker Nancy joined me from South London with her partner Mike, and half-an-hour into the walk, she passed me the following note…





I'm particularly fond of the line "I hope it's ok to ask for this!" - of course! I was once asked to participate in a marriage proposal on a London Walk (!) so this one was easy!


And so, after a short preamble explaining the situation to the rest of the group, on a greying London afternoon at Piccadilly, we all surprised Mike by singing "Happy Birthday".

I must add, the gusto with which the London Walkers threw themselves into the singing was most impressive. Well done all!

Well done to Nancy for making the request and Happy Birthday to Mike!





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, 30 January 2017

A #London Walker Reviews London Walks: "Great Walks"



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.




Abigail S from Minnesota writes…


 


I went on a solo trip to London and wasn't sure what to do with my evenings once the tourist attractions and museums closed. I spontaneously decided to go on the night time Jack the Ripper walk. It was unique, interesting, and entertaining. The following morning I went on the Westminster Abbey guided tour, which was also fantastic! Of course both tours couldn't have been more different from one another, but both guides were excellent, fun, and knowledgeable. These tours are a great value (especially the Abbey, as you get discounted entry) and they offer a student discount.

Visited December 2016



Thanks Abigail!







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.



In & Around London… #UrbanGeology #Photoblog @pavementgeology


Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.



Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.





Guest photographer this week is 9-year-old Isobella who snapped her way around Saturday's Urban Geology Walk (see earlier post HERE).


Fossil-spotting in The City, a part of town that teems with modern architecture 


Roach, a type of Portland Stone with holes left by shells


North American granite nicknamed "Blue Eyes"



Granite

Stone from Caithness around the Monument

The photographer at work…


Thanks Isobella!



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.



Sunday, 29 January 2017

#London Walks Walk of the Week: The Regent's Canal #LittleVenice to #CamdenTown @IWA_UK



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…


The Regent's Canal Little Venice to Camden Town

Warwick Avenue Tube

Sunday 5th February 2.30pm Meet at Warwick Avenue Tube


The prettiest of our Regent's Canal Walks.

It begins at Little Venice, harbour and home to waterfolk and landlubbers alike. There's prestigious – and catch-in-the-throat attractive – real estate on and off the water. On the water because many of the "narrow boats" have been converted into very desirable houseboats. It's been said, with very little exaggeration, that this is quite possibly the most beautiful residential neighbourhood in the world

The scene is almost more Dutch than Venetian. Uniquely, the canal here is an extra ingredient in a London street. The buildings flanking the street vary from elegant semi-detached stuccoed villas and terraced houses to Edwardian mansion flats. They're very fine in their own right. Add to them the green of the mature trees forming a canopy to the canal and the water itself and the palette of brightly coloured boats (in exquisite counterpoint to the creamy stucco of the houses) and the delightful bridges that bookend the ensemble – well, it makes for a very special place. 

And that's just for starters. From there the canal runs through a tunnel under the Edgware Road and on to St. John's Wood, where it emerges to stunning views of Primrose Hill Regent's Park and the London Zoo. And always with the canal walks – because you're in an automobile-free-zone – everything slows right down and you're back in the 1820s. Back in the 1820s seeing a London you'd never otherwise see. It's back-door London. Grand houses that back onto the canal. In some cases they have their own little pier with their boat tied up to it. All very much in marked – and delightful – contrast to the "public face" of these houses – which of course is the front, the view you get from the street. That's a view anybody can get anytime. It's the lazy, easy option. We go for richer pickings – we see their "private face". And of course at the end of the walk we're right into Camden Market. We end at the Lock with all of its Sunday afternoon huzzah and colour and panache and buzz

Anything else? Yes. It's worth bearing in mind that it's not just what you see – it's how you see it. Because our Regent's Canal Walks are guided by members of the Inland Waterways Association – people who know the canals the way a Master Mariner knows a stretch of water he's plied for years, people who have a great deal of expertise about them – you'll get to see tiny little details that casual towpath walkers miss. Tiny little details that open up an age and an era, that explain the workings of the canals.

PRACTICALS

The meeting point for the Regent's Canal – Little Venice to Camden walk is just outside the exit of Warwick Avenue Tube. The walk takes place at 2.30 pm on the following Sundays: February 5, April 2 and June 4.

About The Canal Guides

The Regent's Canal Walks are well and truly a labour of love because the guides who lead them – all of them members of the Inland Waterways Association – donate their fee to the IWA. So you're not just signing up for a fascinating walking tour, you're supporting a good cause.




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.