June in London can only mean one thing: Wimbledon.
And Wimbledon can only mean one fruit: the strawberry.
And when talk turns to food on the LW Blog, that can only mean one London Walks Guide: the one and only Ann. Here she is revving-up for her next Foodie extravaganza…
“‘Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did,’ said 16th Century physician William Butler. What else could this be in June but the strawberry – ‘the well known and much esteemed fruit’ as Mrs. Beeton described it.
In past centuries Londoners got their fruit not from Kent, but from Hammersmith, Ealing and Isleworth. Women started picking as soon as it was light, then set off before 7 am at a 5 mph trot – something between a walk and a run. They could carry up to 40 lbs of strawberries on their heads – balanced on cushions in large baskets."
POST UPDATED 5/5/16
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.