Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day: Joe Meek


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









Elsewhere in Rock'n'Roll London…

Adam writes… The swinging 60's didn't ever swing as far as the Holloway Road in North London. Yet some of the most pioneering records of the early 60s were made there, in a flat above a leather goods store at no. 304 by the maverick producer Joe Meek.

His story is both a Rock'n'Roll London tale and a London Gothic grand guignol shocker: Meek murdered his landlady and then took his own life in February 1967 in the flat where all his hits had been made.

Here's a tribute on Holloway Road…







I discussed Meek on the London Walks Podcast. Listen here…




And his greatest hits can be found on the soundtrack to the excellent biopic Telstar…




Here's the trailer for that movie…



And here's the trailer for the Rock'n'Roll London Walk…






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 buy a print copy on the tour or download (digital and/or print – free download sampler available!) 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.









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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The London Nightly Photoblog 11:02:16 Ken Colyer

IT'S BACK! One photo per night, just before lights out, a final look at London Town after a long day walking and blogging.

Looking forward to seeing you "out there" tomorrow! Nighty nite…
Difficult to imagine what trad jazz great Ken Colyer would make of a swish hotel named for him on the site of his old club in Great Newport Street










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.









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#plaque366 Dame Millicent Fawcett

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series


Human rights campaigner, 2 Gower Street








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.









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You Won't Believe This Photo of the River as the #ThamesBarrier Closes

This just in from London Walks guide Steph…



Thought I would show you this - on my Somewhere Else London walk on Tuesday, the day after the rain and horrendous winds, etc. The river was unnaturally high - you could touch it by leaning over the wall.   A very nice gent called Keith in my group took the photo and emailed it to me.

As you know, "If the lion drinks, London sinks" - and it was having a good lap!  They must have forgotten to close the Thames Barrier...






Thanks for this amazing shot, Steph! 

In actual fact, the Thames Flood Barrier has been closed for the very first time this winter – thanks to a combination of high tides and the bad weather. Here's the story as reported in The Daily Express.




Stephanie
Stephanie, a splendidly droll ex-Elephant Keeper, was in Shakespeare in Love! She's a professionally qualified Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, City of London, and Blue Badge Guide.


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.









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