Friday, 15 December 2017

The #London #Christmas Shopping Guide 2017: Royal London by @kpgtourguide

DC Editor Adam writes…

It's the annual Daily Constitutional Christmas Shopping Guide!

Every year the London Walks guides round-up their fave shops and stalls along (or near) the routes of their London Walks tours.

Karen is leading Old Westminster tomorrow and she would like to recommend…




Royal London
(Crimson Publishing £6.99)


LW Guide Karen writes…

Cheeky one, this, but if you join me on my Old Westminster tour tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am you'll be able to buy my book Royal London – I'll even sign a copy!






About your correspondent

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award. She's the author of Royal London. She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. A reformed actress and occasional journalist, she was Independent Magazine's Cultural Heritage Correspondent. Her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


Here's she is presenting her Canadian TV series London Next Stop






Christmas 2017 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm









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.



Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day: Christmas Shop'n'Roll London @FoppCovent & @RecklessSoho @londonbeatles

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day!

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station every Friday at 2pm.




DC Editor Adam writes…



Rock'n'Roll London Christmas Shopping Tip No.1… 

Keep an eye out for Fopp record shop along the route of the Rock'n'Roll London Walk today…


… or ask Richard for directions…







Rock'n'Roll London Christmas Shopping Tip No.2… 

Reckless Records




A very forward-looking establishment, is Reckless Records: they even sell those new-fangled compact-disc thingies. Quite a good selection, too.

There's a copy of What’s The Story Morning Glory in the shop window, with a little sticker attached with the words You Are Here. For indeed you are – Berwick Street was where the sleeve for that fabled Oasis album was shot.




The Rock'n'Roll London walk meets at Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 2pm. You can find Reckless Records here…






Here's the video for the Rock'n'Roll London walk…






Christmas 2017 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm





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.



Thursday, 14 December 2017

London Walkers' Favourite Christmas Carols. What's Yours? #ChristmasCarols

DC Editor Adam writes…


Next week here on The Daily Constitutional I'll be taking a look at Christmas Carols in a London context – there will be a bit of history and a bit of trivia and, where possible, a London context for our favourite Christmas music.

This week I'm asking for your input on Twitter, Facebook & here on The Daily Constitutional. What's your favourite Christmas Carol or song?










My own twopenn'orth? Well, this one has become something of an earworm for me this week…




Confession time.

I absolutely bloody totally and completely love Andy Williams. Which is not something I usually crow about while leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk!

His Christmas album is, to my mind, THE Christmas album by which all others are judged. Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, even Elvis – I love all of their Christmas albums – but Andy Williams leads the way. His album is the perfect balance of sacred and secular. And THAT voice, smooth and true, totally in service of the material - humbly so in the case of the carols. Beautifully done, so simple.

Who da man? Andy Williams: HE da man.

He also starred in our family Christmas card from 2014…



As you can see I make my family join in with my daftness. I am not easy to live with. Especially at Christmas.


I'm also a sucker for this kinda thing…



And Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of Bob…



And, of course, this one which celebrates its 30th birthday this year…




Here are all your faves to date (below). It's a lovely traditional list so far, but do remember that anything goes!

I'll be adding new ones as they come in from you guys and also from my London Walks colleagues. Enjoy…









Christmas 2017 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm



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 #London #Christmas Shopping Guide 2017: The London Review Bookshop @LRBbookshop

DC Editor Adam writes…

It's the annual Daily Constitutional Christmas Shopping Guide!

Every year the London Walks guides round-up their fave shops and stalls along (or near) the routes of their London Walks tours.












The London Review Bookshop

Here's a little film, shot last year by London Walks Pen & Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent David Tucker, in which John at the London Review Bookshop makes an eloquent case for supporting our local bookshops… 




D.C Ed Adam adds: Thanks John! On Christmas Day, instead of the queen's speech, I'm going to show this to my family instead. Unless, of course, I get word that Her Majesty is making the case for great bookshops, unlikely I'll grant you. Lovely stuff. Compliments of the season to you!



Find the London Review Bookshop here…










Christmas 2017 With London Walks…


On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square



Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm










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.