Thursday, 30 November 2017

The #London #Christmas Shopping Guide 2017: Pollock's Toy Shop #CoventGarden @Pollockstoyshop

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.








LW guide Karen Pierce-Goulding recommends…


Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop, Covent Garden




"If you love art, folly or the bright eyes of children, speed to Pollocks!"*

How true!


This charming magic lantern of a shop is reached by climbing a steep spiral staircase - once on the first floor you are transported into the world of miniature playhouses, shadowboxes, circuses puppets and every conceivable theatrical device and their handmade Victorian Christmas crackers would have delighted even Dickens' Mr And Mrs Fezziwig - the experts in Yuletide celebrations!


* Robert Louis Stevenson's quote

Ask me for directions at the end of my Inside Covent Garden tour on Thursdays. If you are going under your own steam, here's a map…




 

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.



The #London #Christmas Shopping Guide 2017: @Prestat In #Piccadilly

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.







London Walks guide Judy recommends…



26. Prestat Chocolates

Around the corner from Fortnum & Mason, in Princes Arcade decorated with its beautiful Christmas garlands is Prestat's tiny chocolate shop founded in 1902 and the favourite of Roald Dahl, a man who should know his chocolate !







Look out for Prestat along the route of A Village In Piccadilly on Mondays.



Judy
Judy, winner of the London Tourist Board's prestigious Guide of the Year Award, is a professionally qualified Blue Badge and City of London Guide.




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.



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Visit to Strawberry Hill @strawbhillhouse with LW's Richard III @roquesrichard

Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III writes…


There are so many things to do here in London in between going on London Walks. I went to Strawberry Hill, a short trip to West London, the house of Horace Walpole. A riot of eccentric gothic architecture.


I went with Victoria Wynn, one of the many friends I have made amongst London Walkers. She hails from Edmonton in Canada and has done more than ninety different London Walks since 2011.



Victoria looks at a painting in Strawberry Hill…


The painting we were looking at (above) is of Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister, father of Horace Walpole, responsible for building Strawberry Hill and almost single handedly responsible for the Gothic revival in Britain in the Nineteenth Century.




Find Strawberry Hill House here…





House Opening Hours

November to February

The House is typically open on Sundays from 11am-4pm and on Mondays 12-4pm. Last admission to the house is one hour before closing. 

March to October

The House is typically open on Sundays from 11am-5pm and Monday through Wednesday 12-4.30pm. Last admission to the house is one hour before closing.

Pre-booking for House entry is required for weekday visits during March to October.

Please note that Strawberry Hill House is not open on Saturdays. Opening times are subject to change due to events taking place in the House & Garden.

Café opening times are from 11am-4pm on days the house is open for visiting.


More info at www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk



About your correspondent… Richard III

Richard III, scion of a Lord Mayor of London, is a writer, actor, director and stand-up comic. And the only London Walks guide to have addressed the United Nations!


Here he is leading the Mayfair walk…






And here are all of his London Walks tours for the end of November & start of December 2017…

Wednesday 29th            2pm            Hampstead            Hampstead village
Wednesday 29th            7.30            Holborn            Ghosts. Gaslight and Guinness
Friday 1st            2.30            Temple            Dickens's London
Saturday 2nd            2pm            Tower Hill            The Old City
Sunday 3rd            10.45            Tower Hill            Dickens's Christmas Carol
Sunday 3rd            7pm            Leicester Square            Soho pubs





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: Christopher James Jewellery in #CecilCourt @cecilcourtwc2 #WC2

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.



Today, award-winning guide Karen Pierce-Goulding visits Cecil Court, WC2…




Christopher St James, Cecil Court




Christopher St James Costume jeweller extraordinaire! 

As well as lovingly replicated repro Art Deco brooches and necklaces there are authentic Vintage pieces too, as well as some gorgeous statement bracelets and earrings fashioned from Bakelite  - you could leave sporting a Carmen Miranda-inspired set of earrings or a costume choker as worn by Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey fame.

His, 'ow you say, quixotic opening times add an air of exclusivity to the proceedings – worth coming back another time if you are unlucky and find him closed at your first attempt.

My lovely colleague Richard Walker ends his Harry Potter tours in Cecil Court!


Christopher St James, Cecil Court WC2N 4HE Opening hours - Varied. Sometimes VERY varied! Best to phone 07768 548371.



Find Cecil Court here…




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.