Saturday, 30 June 2012

The London Nightly Photoblog


Welcome to The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional.

We’ve been walking and blogging all day, and there’s time for just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.

But here at The DC, it’s time for the Shipping Forecast and bed. But not before one last look at…


Non-Olympic Ring






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Savile Row – The Saturday Street


The Saturday Street is our weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address

Savile Row
Location: Westminster W1

Named for Lady Dorothy Savile, wife of the 3rd Earl of Burlington, the landowner. Known as the Golden Mile of English tailoring, it was also home to The Beatles’ Apple business in the late 1960s and is otherwise notable for the Metropolitan Police station dating from 1939 and known as West End Central.



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Friday, 29 June 2012

The London Nightly Photoblog


Welcome to The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional.

We’ve been walking and blogging all day, and there’s time for just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.

But here at The DC, it’s time for the Shipping Forecast and bed. But not before one last look at…

An Urban Fox Listens In on a London Walk



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Wimbledon: White Lines



Any colour you like as long as it’s white # 2… The white lines on the Wimbledon courts are not marked in paint but a liquid compound containing china clay. Around 500 gallons of the stuff is used at every tournament.









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Poppies Fill the Sky


The D.C's Adam writes… Yesterday in central London, Her Majesty the Queen unveiled the new memorial to WWII Bomber Command.

As part of the ceremony, a Lancaster Bomber flew over London and dropped thousands of poppies as an act of remembrance.

You can view the film of the poppies falling at the BBC website HERE



This morning in suburban North London, some 7 miles away from the memorial, my daughter found one of the poppies in our garden.




Let us know if you find a poppy.






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On This Day In History… The British Are Coming!


Even though he’s off on his travels, LW’s David keeps in touch with The D.C.

With his mind on the run-up to both the Olympic Games and the 4th of July, he weighs in with this On This Day In History nugget…



“It was on June 29, 1950 that a cobbled together American side defeated the mighty England at ‘soccer’. Yanks, er, socked it to 'em 1-0.“



Yes, they certainly did. It remains one of the biggest upsets in the history of world football (by which we mean soccer… oh sod it, by which we mean football, the world’s greatest team sport).

But the story has a further twist. The American goalscorer that day was not American by birth… he was a Scot.

In the great tradition of all assassins, we'll give him his full name: Edward John McIlvenny. 

Born in the town of Greenock, Renfrewshire in 1924, he emigrated to the U.S in 1949. For the match, McIlvenny was made captain for the day. The regular U.S captain, Walter Bahr, stepped aside in order to make the day more memorable for McIlvenny as he played against his fellow Brits.



To check availability for Olympic Football matches in London this summer, go to the official Olympic ticketing website


The wonderful retro football shirt in our pic (above) can be bought at Toffs – The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company – lovingly recreated and very high quality old style football jerseys. Nice line in cashmere scarves, too. The original and best company in the market, you can shop with them at their website www.toffs.com by clicking HERE.





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Friday Is Rock'n'Roll London Day: Stones Busted!




On This Day in Rock’n’Roll History…

Keith Richards spends the night at Wormwood Scrubs prison…




 …in West London, following a guilty verdict in the infamous Redlands Drug Bust trial in 1967.








POST UPDATED 29/6/16

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, 28 June 2012

The London Nightly Photoblog


Welcome to The Nightly London Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional.

We’ve been walking and blogging all day, and there’s time for just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.

But here at The DC, it’s time for the Shipping Forecast and bed. But not before one last look at…


In Training For The Games?



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