Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Great London Songs No.17: Oranges & Lemons

We've asked our London Walkers and London Walks guides to nominate their favourite London songs… and the playlist is proving to be wide-ranging and eclectic indeed. 

From punk to jazz, with a little music hall thrown in along the way, we'll be collating them all here on The Daily Constitutional over the next few weeks in the run-up to the launch of our new Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk every Wednesday from 1st May 2013.

As usual, we want to hear from you. What are your favourite London songs? Anything goes, from a tune mentioning a London location, to a piece of music composed here, if it has a strong London connection or theme, we'll add it to the list. Email us at the usual address, message us on Twitter @londonwalks or leave a comment below…

Via email, here’s Cary Rice from Louisville, Kentucky…

My choice for a great London song is the centuries-old "Oranges and Lemons" about the bells of St. Clements and other local churches. From the related childhood game to the history gleaned from passing by St. Clement Danes during a walk and waiting for the bells to peal, the tune rings in my memory. Isn't that what London Walks is all about… simultaneously learning and having fun? Just don't be the last to pass this way or the chopper may choose you as his victim.

P. S. I experienced "Oranges and Lemons' on the Shakespeare's & Dickens's London - Old City Walk on a Sunday afternoon, a "fruitful" outing normally guided by the erudite David.

Cary singns himself as “London Walks' participant: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and ?”

Thanks Cary! See you soon!

The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk launches on Wednesday 1st May 2013. The Rock'n'Roll London Walk (without pubs!) goes every Friday at 2.00pm. Both walks meet at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3). You can keep up with the Rock'n'Roll London Walk on FacebookTwitter and at

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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


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