Saturday, 20 December 2014

London Spy 20:12:14 The Saturday Review From London Walks


It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London this week, click the links for the full stories…



PHOTOGRAPHY: Festive London Special – The Independent




THEATRE: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels To Close in March – Official London Theatre Guide






TRANSPORT: Noise Concerns Over 24 Hour Tube – East London Guardian


MUSIC: More Bad News From Denmark Street – Musical Instrument Pro


POLITICS: Soho Sex Workers March – Vice.com


FILM: Night At The Museum Hits London – The Guardian







If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…

The new Saturday home (moving from its occasional Tuesday slot) for the post in which we point you in the direction of other happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.



As regular readers will be aware, we love the Cartoon Museum here at The Daily Constitutional. And there's been a flurry of activity down at that small (but perfectly formed) institution on Little Russell Street of late. Their Young Cartoonist of the Year competition threw up some hugely encouraging talent; they've persuaded some healthy person (which surely rules out MOST cartoonists) to run the London Marathon to raise funds for the place; and their new calendar is also available in time for Christmas. 




Please note that the Cartoon Museum is closed from 25th December 2014 to 2nd January 2015. 




Seen In London This Week…

The lengths to which we will go for fashion… At Tower Hill on a rainy evening, around 7pm we snapped these wet footprints…



… left behind by a young woman who was carrying an violently-heeled pair of stilettos. She was already clearly in pain, tottering along like Bambi with a hernia, but clearly determined to persevere with the heels. Suffice to say she'll never make a London Walks guide. Or a London Walker for that matter. But kudos nonetheless.




Heard In London…

On Christmas Day we'll be tuning in to Cerys Matthews on BBC Radio 4 as she leads us on a musical journey through Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas In Wales entitled All The Christmases. See the BBC website for details of how and when to listen: www.bbc.co.uk



For other listening matter, do check out our London Walks Podcast (updated monthly) at londonwalks.podbean.com



Tweet of the Week

Thanks to EricaF for this one. When Star Trek's George Takei turned London tour guide with his shot of an infamous Soho door, EricaF informed the great man that she'd already seen it with London Walks!






A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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Friday, 19 December 2014

A Christmas Card From London No.19 of 24 Seven Dials

Every day in December 2014… A Christmas card from London.



There are two London Walks on Christmas Day! One at 11:00a.m, one at 2:00p.m. Both meet in Trafalgar Square by the tree.




Click HERE for full details.







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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Walking on Xmas Day – Mary Explains All To The BBC

Our famous Christmas Day Walks will be going ahead as usual this year. Here's LW's Mary talking to the BBC…




'For walking tour guide Mary Tucker, 25 December is one of the busiest days of the year.


Mrs Tucker, who together with her husband David runs the small firm London Walks, will be leading no fewer than five two-hour Charles Dickens Christmas Day Walks.

Starting from Trafalgar Square and aiming to follow in the festive footsteps of the famous Victorian author, the walk will wind its way through the Covent Garden area.

Between 30 and 40 people are expected to join each time, paying £9 a head.

Mrs Tucker says the tour has a special resonance on Christmas Day, due, of course, to Dickens's famous novel A Christmas Carol.

"Dickens almost invented Christmas as we know it today," says Mrs Tucker. "It's fun and people are appreciative. It's very appropriate, too, because of Dickens's connection to Christmas, and also because he was a great walker as well."

She says that London Walks decided to start organising walks on Christmas Day several years ago, and found they were more popular than they'd anticipated.

"For my family it's not difficult because my husband's one of the guides too," she adds. "When we have Christmas at my mum's in the evening, we really feel we've earned it."'



Full details of the Christmas Walks can be found at www.walks.com.




A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day




On This Day in Rock'n'Roll History 1969… Mick Jagger is fined £45 at Marlborough Magistrates Court here in London for the possession of cannabis.

The court (now a hotel) has many associations with the world of Rock'n'Roll, having seen Johnny Rotten and John Lennon (to name but two) put on trial here.


You can read a little more about Marlborough Street in our earlier posts It's A London Thing No.14 Monopoly and from our archive series The Saturday Street


And here's Mick back in '69 in Hyde Park paying tribute to Brian Jones…







And heres our own RocknRoll London video







Join the Rock’n'Roll London Walk on Friday at 2pm, meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) – to book a Private Walk call 020 7642 3978 or email london@walks.com






A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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