Monday, 31 October 2016

In & Around #London - #Halloween Video Special

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.



Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.





Only this week the pictures are MOVING - five Halloween videos for our London Walks Halloween tours tonight…


Ghosts of the Old City…






Ghosts of the West End…





Kids Under 15 go FREE…




Guaranteed Ghosts…




What we got up to last year on our Halloween London Walks last year…













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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Sunday, 30 October 2016

#London Walk of the Week: Royal Medicine



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…







Royal Medicine – Making the Rounds in SW1

Saturday 5th November 2016

10.45a.m
St. James' Park Tube, Abbey/Broadway exit

Guided by Barry

Fascinating to peek behind the medical screens in Royal London. To overhear, to probe, to track what went into the notes and onto the charts and indeed into the diaries, to speculate (well, to be au fait with the informed speculations of medical professionals), to find out what our monarchs suffered from and died of over the centuries. Everythig from a surfeit of lampreys (Henry 1st) to a headectomy (Charles 1st ). Dr Barry Walsh will take us on a medical  tour – we'll make the rounds – of Westminster and share some of the extraordinary stories of famous Royal operations (including an early appendicectomy performed on a billard table) and treatments and deaths. We'll weave through centuries as we  weave through Westminster, the Mall and end in Whitehall. By way of example, at Buckingham Palace we hear about Queen Victoria's relationship with her devoted physician Dr Reid and other doctors. At the Banqueting house we hear about Monarchs as healers (the Royal touch believed to treat the 'Kings Evil' or scrofula), the which provides a series of fascinating insights into Court ritual and kingship in the Stuart Dynasty.


To go on the Royal Medicine Walk meet Dr. Barry at 10.45 am on Saturday, November 5 just outside the Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit of St. James's Park Tube.



About Your Guide…

Barry

Barry is our "Renaissance man". He's a Consultant Public Health Physician, an Art Historian, and a professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide.

Read about Barry's visit to Buckingham Palace HERE





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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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Five Spooky #London Locations For #Halloween


We're going Halloween mad this weekend on our London Walks… but if you are unable to join us, here are five ghostly locations to explore under your own steam…











Central: 50 Berkeley Square W1

A spirit in the attic at no.50 is said to have driven at least two people to suicide…





…Andy covers this story and location in The London Walks Halloween Podcast…






South: Nunhead Cemetery SE15


The spookiest and most atmospheric of all the so-called Great Seven Victorian cemeteries.




North: The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead NW3



Britain's most haunted pub? Ghosts of 16th Century landlord Juan Perero and highwayman Dick Turpin have been sighted - the pub is mentioned in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.


West: Hampton Court Palace


Haunted by the ghosts of both Catherine Howard and Jayne Seymour, wives of King Henry VIII.


East: Bethnal Green Tube E2


Late at night one can hear the sound of children sobbing and women screaming. Ghosts from the wartime tragedy of 1943 in which 143 people were killed?






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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Friday, 28 October 2016

#plaque366 #Halloween Special - Noel Coward


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






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Noel Coward, with a Halloween twist as… 




…writer of Blithe Spirit…



Find Coward's plaque here…







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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