Sunday, 21 September 2014

Walk of the Week


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 LURE OF THE UNDERGROUND

11 am on Tuesdays from Baker Street Tube, Baker Street north exit

This one's got three subtitles. And a footnote. The four of them sum up the walk perfectly. They are: Down the Tubes. 150 Years of Engineering & Artistry. Seen from the Inside. We're going places on this walk so you'll need an Oyster Card or a 2-Zone Travel Card (that's the footnote). Now a bit more background info. Last year was the London Underground's 150th birthday. This tour explores that extraordinary "journey", "trajectory", "trip", call it what you will. Much of the tour is down inside the tube. But not all of it. We explore several stations, inside and out. You'll see things that you won't have seen before. Let alone things that you did see before but didn't "see", if you know what, I mean. I (David) went on this one with Fiona in February. It was a revelation. I've been taking the Tube for 40 years. She pointed things that I'd never noticed – never noticed in stations that I've been in well over 10,000 times. Lots and lots of "well, I never" moments, jaw hanging open moments. The Tube. It's a great London story. An integral part of the calculus of London life. So that in itself is a great foundation for a walk. And to it you can add a great guide, Fiona. She's put this together brilliantly. And delivers it with consummate artistry. This is a very special couple of hours. Strongly recommended.

The Lure of the Underground walk takes place every Tuesday at 11 am

Meet Fiona at 11 am just outside Baker Street Tube, the Baker Street north exit





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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Saturday, 20 September 2014

London Spy 20:09:14

A few London news stories that caught the eye this week…














TRAVEL: Contactless Payment Kicks In – Daily Telegraph



CULTURE & ARTS: Black Portraits from the Victorian Era – The Guardian




TRANSPORT: Coffee Gets The Bus Going – Evening Standard




THEATRE: The Return of Evita – Daily Express




POLITICS: More Powers For London? Evening Standard




TECH: Barbican: The Computer Game – Techly






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 September 2014

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day






Happy birthday to Jarvis Cocker, 51 today





And heres our own RocknRoll London video



REMEMBER: THE ROCK’N’ROLL PUB WALK IS BACK!






THE ROCK’N’ROLL LONDON PUB WALK! EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7.00PM MEETING AT TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION (EXIT 3).

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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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Man v. Tube… Man Wins! #racethetube

We absolutely love this video!





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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London Birds


Guiding a group of German students on Monday, we were delighted to see…






…this Moorhen family in St James's Park.


Moorhens – with their black plumage and distinctive red beaks – can be found in both parks and around the canals in London. Both the male and the female incubate the eggs and they can have up to three broods each year. With so many young, it is common that older "adolescent" members of earlier broods take part in the "babysitting". Omniverous, moorhens feed on small rodents, eggs, plants and amphibians.



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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