Saturday, 12 December 2015

Rest & Be Thankful No.6 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…

The Dog and Duck, Bateman Street Soho

If you were asked which pub name was the most comedically English, the most quintessentially British and typical of the down home, spit and sawdust, salt of the earth, “usual-please-love”, local, traditional corner boozer, the chances are you’d say: The Dog and Duck.

Well, the squeamish among you should put down your pork scratchings before reading on.

The name comes from the brutal blood sport whereby a duck was floated in a pond and a dog put in to hunt and kill it. Apparently, the fun was to watch the duck dive and the dog go after it. Eeeh, they made there own entertainment in them days.

Try the Dog and Duck (sign pictured above), reputed to be Soho’s oldest pub, 18 Bateman Street W1. 

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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