Sunday, 26 February 2017

#London Walks Walk of The Week: Slavery & The City @GuidedbyIsobel


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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…




Slavery & the City

Saturday 4th March 2017

2.30pm

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit

Guided by Isobel


Forging, Breaking & Burying the Chains.

Pace Winston Churchill – this may have been London's finest hour. And before it, its worst. Because London was a leading actor in – profited enormously from – the slave trade. But a few good men and women took the evil on and saw it off. Their names ring down the centuries, the great and the good who fought for freedom: Wilberforce, Wedgewood, Wesley, Blake, John Newton, Cowper. And that's not to forget the lesser known who began the cause: Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, James Phillips and Oladouh Equiano.

Truly, here in the bosom of the City beat the heart of compassion, answering the slave's cry, "Am I not a man and a Brother?" Amazing Grace indeed. "Spots of time" (and place) don't come any more important than this one. Which is why it's important to go and see where – to go over the ground, literally and figuratively – to travel back. To bear witness. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at St. Paul's cathedral, a minute's walk from St. Paul's Tube.


To go on the Slavery & the City walk meet Isobel at 2.30 pm on March 4. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube.

About Your Guide…

Isobel

Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.



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, 25 February 2017

#London Nightly #Photoblog 25:02:17: Good Advice in #Southwark

It's around midnight in London… 

The Nightly London Photo Blog takes one last look at our city before lights out.



This slot is dedicated to everyone who joined us on a London Walks tour today, or who read The Daily Constitutional, or who told a friend to join us. Sleep well, we'll see you out there soon!





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.



The Long Distance London Walker No.2: Meet Marc Hodes by @roquesrichard

DC Editor Adam writes…


In December 2016 I posted the The Daily Constitutional's blog post number 5,000.


To mark the occasion I've been digging in the archive and over February 2017 I'll be reblogging The DC's "Greatest Hits" – my 50 favourite posts. 


In addition I'll be sharing my 50 favourite London photos to have appeared here since October 2008. 

I hope you enjoy them

A.S-G
London 
Feb 2017



This one was first posted back in April 2015…






London Walks guide and Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III gives a BIG shout out to Marc Hodes (pictured above), the Long Distand London Walks Champion who has now completed more than 100 walking tours with London Walks & Paris Walks! Congratulations Marc!

Here's an email Marc sent to Richard…



Dear Richard,

My completed walks are listed below. Not bad for someone who has actually only been in residence here for one month – the rest were on weekend trips and the like from Ireland. 

I moved here for these seven months in no small part motivated by the fact I need to get more serious about getting these walks done. A bonus is my 10 month old son’s favourite toy is the London Walks pamphlet. Each one lasts about a week…


Best Wishes

Marc

London Walks
1. Old Westminster
2. Historic Greenwich
3. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
4. The Old Jewish Quarter
5. The London Walk: St. Paul’s to the Tower of London 
6. Little Venice
7. Murder Most Foul
8. Bath (Explorer Day)
9. Stonehenge and Salisbury (Explorer Day)
10. Subterranean London
11. South Ken – Albertopolis, Alcazar and Alcoves
12. Old Kensington
13. Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London
14. The Christmas Lights and Seasonal Cheer Pub Walk
15. The British Museum Walk
16. Notting Hill and Portobello Market
17. St. Albans (Explorer Day)
18. Avesbury and Lacock (Explorer Day)
19. The Regent’s Canal: Islington to Mile End
20. Old Hampstead Village
21. Old Marylebone
22. The London of Oscare Wilde
23. Spies and Spycathers London
24. Hampstead Village Pub Walk
25. The Famous Square Mile
26. Old Camden Town
27. Off the Beaten Track in St. Pancras Pub Walk
28. The Dark Side of Kensington
29. The Old Chelsea Village Pub Walk
30. Royal Richmond and Hampton Court (Explorer Day)
31. Chartwell and the Weald of Kent (Explorer Day)
32. Scandalous St. John’s Wood
33. Past Preserved - Nookes and Crannies in Charlie Chaplan's London
34. The London of the Rothchildes "The True Lords of Europe"
35. Reds, Radicals and Revolutionaries
36. Christmas Morning 1660 – Samuel Pepys’ London
37. The Christmas Day Charles Dickens’ London Walk
38. Soho in the Morning
39. Old Mayfair
40. Soho Unzipped Pub Walk
41. Cambridge: Can Such Places Be? (Explorer Day/Day Trip)
42. The Olympic Walk
43. Pie Crust to Upper Crust
44. All Change at St. Pancras
45. “Somewhere Else” London
46. Historic Wimbledon Village Winners & Wildcards, Sweetspots & Set
Points in SW19
47. The Iron Lady: Thatcher’s London
48. Clubs and Clubmen: The Gentlemen's Clubs 49. London's Literary Golden Mile
50. Jack the Ripper Haunts
51. Bond, James Bond: 007 & Ian Fleming’s London, The “shaken not stirred” Pub Walk
52. The London Tour: Westminster and the West End
53. Westminster at War
54. Lavenham and the Villages of Suffolk (Day Trip)
55. Brunel's Thames Tunnel: Mayflower, Riverside Village, Time Warp London
56. Victoria: Gateway to the Continent 
57. Victoria and Albert Museum Tour 
58. Rock ‘n’ Roll London
59. Doing the Lambeth Walk
60. Harry Potter on Location in London Town
61. Ancient London: Knights, Nuns and Notoriety
62. Pox and Penicillin: Medical Paddington Past and Present
63. Docklands: Cobblestones, Quaysides & Cloud-capped Towers 64. The “Somewhere Else” London Pub Walk
65. Bonny Barmy Balham: Gateway to the South
66. Rat’s Castle to Midtown: Sordid Past to Sort of Posh
67. Haunted London
68. The Secrets of Westminster Abbey
69. The Beatles In My Life Walk
70. The Tower of London Tour
71. The Unknown East End
72. A Village in Piccadilly
73. Old Westminster by Gaslight
74. Behind Closed Doors
75. The Hidden Pubs of Old London Town (2 times)
76. Legal and Illegal London: The Inns of Court
77. Chelsea: London’s Riverside Village
78. The Monopoly Walk: Advance to Mayfair
79. The Street Art Walk: Bombing with Banksy and Co. (Shoreditch, as opposed to Spitalfields, Version)
80. The Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk
81. George Orwell’s London: Big Brother is Watching You
82. The Along the Thames Pub Walk
83. The Great Melting Pot: Immigrants London
84. Old Highgate Village
85. Leighton House: Palace, Studio, East Meets West Treasure Cave
86. Meet the Anglo Saxons: The Sutton Hoo Gallery in the British Museum 87. Brunel’s London: Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent...
88. What Ho, Jeeves! The London of P.G. Wodehouse
89. Elephant and Castle: The Regeneration Game
90. Frozen Music: The City of London Architecture Walk
91. Inside London’s Fashion Scene: Savile Row to Stell McCartney
92. Roaming by the River: The Thames is Liquid History
93. The City of Money and the Crash: How It Really Happened
94. Eccentric London: London is Stranger Than Fiction
95. Classic London Mews and Hidden Passageways
96. The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields: Riches to Rags
97. Backstairs Belgravia: Byways, Hidden Haunts and Classic Pubs
98. Sherlock Holmes Saves the Nation! The Great Detective’s Westminster
99. The West End Ghost Walk
100. The National Gallery: The Best Art Tour Ever
101. The Greatest Multicultural City: Invaders and Immigrants, Exiles and Escapees
102. The Boat Race Sneak Peak: Blue Boys, Buoys, Bridges and Troubled Waters
103. Harry Potter Film Locations in the City
104. London’s Secret Village
105. Strand on the Green: “London’s Last Remaining True Village” 
106. Bohemia Fitzrovia: A Pub Walk in London’s Old Latin Quarter 
107. West Hampstead Village: The Other Hampstead

Paris Walks
1. The Marais Circuit I
2. The Marais Circuit II
3. The Village of Montmartre 4. The French Revolution
5. Old Les Halles Market
6. Occupation and Liberation 7. Institut de France
8. Jefferson’s Paris
9. Cite Island and Notre Dame
10. The Paris Chocolate Tour
11. Napoleon and Josephine at the Château of La Malmaison
12. The Paris Opera House
13. Montparnasse, the Val de Grace Convent and the Luxembourg Gardens 14. The Resistance, the Occupation, and the Vél d’Hiver
15. Underground Tour of the Sewers and the Story of the River Seine
16. Secrets of the Left Bank

17. Hemingway’s Paris




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.



The Long Distance London Walker No.1: Meet Michael Innes

DC Editor Adam writes…


In December 2016 I posted the The Daily Constitutional's blog post number 5,000.


To mark the occasion I've been digging in the archive and over February 2017 I'll be reblogging The DC's "Greatest Hits" – my 50 favourite posts. 


In addition I'll be sharing my 50 favourite London photos to have appeared here since October 2008. 

I hope you enjoy them

A.S-G
London 
Feb 2017


This post first appeared in January this year…


Richard III writes…


This is Michael Innis, on the right, with David of London Walks, waiting for the Hampstead walk to start.


Michael did 46 London Walks in less than three weeks. 

He graduated with a double major in history and English from Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois. His first trip to London was in 1978. Since then he has returned perhaps two dozen times. He has also travelled around a bit in the UK, including visits to Oxford and Oxfordshire, Salisbury, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Bath, Cardiff, Holyhead, Brecon Beacons, York, Durham, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, and Aberfeldy.   Currently retired after 35 years as a U.S. federal employee.

While originally intending to focus on London Walks during this last visit, he had no idea that this somewhat vague premise would snowball into 46 consecutive walks.

He thoroughly enjoyed each walk and is glad he undertook this amazing walkathon. 

He writes: 

"I’ve always felt that walking is the very best way to get to know a city, its history, and its people. And among cities, London seems to harbor a hidden surprise around every medieval (or ancient!) corner."


London Walkers, you are invited to contradict my assertion that this is a record.


DC Editor Adam adds…

Yup, a record indeed, in terms of an unbroken run. The 46 London Walks that Michael joined were 46 CONSECUTIVE London Walks. What a streak!


Regular Daily Constitutionalists will know that I'm measuring my London Walks in the first months of 2017 for steps and distance. Applying the stats I've collected so far, here's how Michael's Walks stack up…


Based on an average of 1.4 miles per walk, and an average of 2718 steps per walk…



Michael walked 64 miles with London Walks

Michael took approximately 125,000 steps with London Walks


That's approximately 7814 steps a day – well on the way to your RDA

That's about a mile-a-day more than the average American (source: www.businessinsider.com/)


According to the NHS, that's TWICE the amount of the average Brit (who will clock up 3-4,000 steps a day) Source: www.nhs.uk



Distance…

Cambridge is 54 miles on foot. Michael beat that by 10 miles




Further than Brighton…




Further than Canterbury…




Further than Oxford to the west…




In a London context…

Michael could have walked the Northern Line from Morden to East Finchley – along what was once the longest tunnel in the world, 17.3 miles – and back again and back AGAIN and still have change to walk to the Olympic Park to get a stupendous sausage and egg panini at the View Tube cafe (8 miles) (Ed's note Feb 2017: the View Tube is sadly now longer with us :( ) …



… then STILL have miles left over to saunter over to Wapping for a pint at the excellent Prospect of Whitby pub (4 miles).


 



David adds…

That's a LOT of stats. Better I think to view Michael's achievement as the London Walks equivalent of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941


 





Finally, here's the list of what we are calling The 46


London Walks tours enjoyed by Michael Innis, 12/21/2016 – 1/5/2017

Wed 12/21:            Arrive from Chicago

1)  Brunel’s London (Kevin)
                        2)  The Old Palace Quarter (Jan)
                        3)  Rock ‘n’ Roll London (Adam)

Thu 12/22:            1)  Old Mayfair (Peter)
                        2)  Old Westminster (David)
                        3)  The Ancient City at Night (Peter)

Fri 12/23:            1)  Hidden London (Shaughan)
                        2)  In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes (Lawrence)
                        3)  River Thames Pub Walk (Simon)

Sat 12/24:            1)  The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Walk (Richard IV)
                        2)  The Charles Dickens Christmas Walk (Simon)
                        3)  The Christmas Lights Pub Walk (Simon)

Sun 12/25:            1)  Samuel Pepys’ London (Simon)
                        2)  Dickens’ London (Mary)
                        3)  [no evening walk offered]

Mon 12/26:            1)  Darkest Victorian London (Rex)
                        2)  London’s Secret Village (Andrew)
                        3)  Westminster by Gaslight (Adam)

Tue 12/27:            1)  In My Life Beatles Walk (Richard)
                        2)  Past the Palace (Karen)
                        3)  Hidden Pubs of Old London (Andrew)

Wed 12/28:            1)  Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London (Andrew)
                        2)  Old Hampstead (Richard III)
                        3)  Jack the Ripper Haunts (Andrew)

Thu 12/29:            1)  Undiscovered London (Ann)
                        2)  Old Kensington (Adam;)
                        3)  West End Ghost Tour (Andrew)

Fri 12/30:            1)  Victoria and Albert Museum (Margaret)
                        2)  Legal and Illegal London (Angela)
                        3)  Haunted London (Steve)

Sat 12/31:            1)  Camden Town (Judy)
                        2)  Spies and Spycatchers (Richard IV)
                        3)  Ghosts of the Old City (Adam)

Sun 1/01:            1)  Magical Mystery Tour (Richard)
                        2)  Little Venice (Peter)
                        3)  Soho’s Secret Pubs (Peter)

Mon 1/02:            1)  Greenwich (Isobel)
                        2)  The British Museum (Brian)
                        3)  Jack the Ripper Haunts (Delianne)

Tue 1/03:            1)  St. Paul’s (Margaret)
                        2)  Literary London (Brian)
                        3)  Jack the Ripper Haunts (Steve)

Wed 1/04:            1)  The Tower of London (Delianne)
                        2)  Chelsea (Stephanie)
                        3)  Mayflower to Brunel’s Tunnel (Tim)

Thu 1/05:            1)  Inside Covent Garden (Adam)
                        2)  Crime and Punishment (Richard III)



Fri 1/06:            Return to Chicago for a well-earned rest!


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.