Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Where In The World? No.40 #Colombia + #plaque366

Where in the World? is our occasional series in which Adam, The Daily Constitutional’s Editor is logging the locations of his London Walkers.

“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.

I’ll be breaking it down by English and Welsh counties, Scottish regions, Irish provinces, U.S States, Canadian provinces, Australian states, European, Asian, African and South American countries.”



Adam writes…



Great to meet Julian on the Rock'n'Roll London tour last Friday. Julian came all the way from Colombia because his sister is having a baby in London any day now. Congratulations to New Uncle Julian and all his family!







And our Colombia-London connection? Well the Colombian Embassy is handy for Harrods…





… where Julian could buy a luxury hamper for new baby for a mere £725 (!).


I can also point us in the direction of this plaque (while adding to our #plaque366 series at the same time)…




Pumajero was President of Colombia on two occasions (1934-38 and 1942-45) representing the Colombian Liberal Party. He studied here in London at the London School of Economics. His son Alfonso Lopez Michelson was also president (1974-78). His former London residence can be found near the Colombian embassy…










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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

#plaque366 The Moravian Chapel

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





The Moravian Church is a Protestant Episcopal church that has its London roots in the early 18th Century. The church was founded Moravia - the modern day Czech Republic – more than 500 years ago. These days it has its London HQ in Muswell Hill. 


The Fetter Lane Church was bombed on The Longest Night – 10th - 11th May 1941, the most ferocious night of The Blitz.






John Colville, Secretary to Winston Churchill, recorded the 11th May 1941 in his diary…


I walked out into Downing Street at 8.00 a.m. on my way to the early service at Westminster Abbey. It was really a sunny day with blue skies, but the smoke from many fires lay thick over London and obscured the sun. Burnt paper, from some demolished paper mill, was falling like leaves on a windy autumn day.

Whitehall was thronged with people, mostly sightseers but some of them Civil Defence workers with blackened faces and haggard looks. One of them, a boy of eighteen or nineteen, pointed towards the Houses of Parliament and said, “Is that the sun?” But the great orange glow at which we were looking was the light of many fires south of the river.



Find the plaque here…





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Is This The Best Ever Photo of a London Walks Guide?

Adam writes…

Getting a pic of a London Walks guide is tougher than you might think. We are such an animated bunch that you will often capture us with our mouths hanging open, our eyes bulging, our face twisted or all three!


This one is the exception…



It's Richard Walker leading his Harry Potter tour. But it's not only a great shot of Richard. It's a shot of great guiding. He has engaged everyone in the group, focused their attention on one tiny detail, and they all seem delighted that he's done so.


Richard leads the Harry Potter tours for London Walks – full info walks.com

Send your pics of London Walks guides to the usual address.



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One Chuckle From #Brexit

Adam writes…


In these torrid times in the aftermath of the EU referendum, amid all the uncertainty about the UK's place in the world post-Brexit, one detail keeps me chuckling again and again…


The old Daily Express building in Fleet Street is one of my favourite London structures…







We don't have, in my humble opinion, a lot of truly world class Art Deco here in London, but with this we have really nailed it. 

The modernity of the thing is startling to me still, 24 years after I first clapped eyes on it. It was designed in 1932 and I don't think it would look out of place if we lifted it up and plopped it down at Canary Wharf. If fact, it would raise the tone of the neighbourhood, if you ask me.

It's currently occupied by Goldman Sachs, and here's a recent picture…






It's the flags that make me smile. Why? Because I wonder what Lord Beaverbrook, proprietor of The Daily Express and pillar of the imperial establishment would have made of the European flag flying above his building, that's why. 

Here's a detail from the foyer depicting the British Empire…



… by Eric Aummonier (the man behind East Finchley's celebrated Archer). 


I think it's safe to say the The Beaver would have been a Brexiter…


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