Saturday, 12 December 2015

Rest & Be Thankful No.5 An Hourly Emergency Bulletin for West End Xmas Shoppers #XmasInLondon #shoppingishell

For those of you out and about today on the busiest shopping day of the year… TIME TO TAKE A BREAK from the hell of Oxford Street & surrounding environs! Head for…

Famous customers have included Winston Churchill and Dylan Thomas (is there a pub in the world that can’t claim the aptly initialled DT as a regular?). George Orwell’s name is indelibly associated with the place, one legend having it that he took a pint here before heading off to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

When considering Orwell’s famous essay, The Moon Under Water, in which he lovingly lists the properties of his ideal pub, The Newman Arms always springs to this blogger’s mind – particularly in this line: “Upstairs, six days a week, you can get a good, solid lunch…The special pleasure of this lunch is that you can have draught stout with it.” 

The Newman Arms
23 Rathbone Street (off Charlotte Street),
London W1T 1NG.
To book a table to eat upstairs call 020 7636 1127.

Christmas 2015 With London Walks

The Amazing Old Shops Walk takes place on the 19th December – meet Judy at Green Park Station at 10:45a.m

The Christmas Lights & Seasonal Cheer Pub Walk takes place on the 19th December meet at Embankment Tube 7:15p.m

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

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