Thursday, 4 August 2016

Summer In #London #SchoolHolidays - Cecil Court @CecilCourt

Daily Constitutional Editor Adam writes…

Every year on The Daily Constitutional, as the high season for visitors to London hots up, I spend August sharing a few archive posts. This year I'm reposting recommendations from our If You Do One Other Thing In London slot (a regular feature of our Saturday London Spy posts) and updated posts from the Best Museums In London series, in which the London Walks guides shared their best London museum tips. 

If theres' a London Walks tour starting or ending nearby I'll add the details at the bottom of each post and I hope you find them helpful over the course of the summer.

Keep in touch - I'm not going into hiding! - I'll be posting throughout August and, of course, I'll see many of you "out there" on London Walks tours. All of our regular features – and some new ones, too – will return in September.

A.S-G London, August 2016

It's a simple and straightforward one today: go shopping.

Visit Cecil Court.

We meet many European students on our walking tours and they are always fun to be with. We should also give 'em a nod of thanks because, at the end of every walking tour when we ask, "Does anyone have any questions?" our students chime with one voice: "Which way to Oxford Street?"

The nod of thanks is, of course, for the vast contribution to the UK economy. Thanks kids!

At The Daily Constitutional, however, I like to point you away from the main drag. So today I'm suggesting that you head not for London's most famous shopping street but for its most lovely… Cecil Court.

Behind the Victorian shop fronts you will find antiques, books, jewellery, prints, postcards, medals and collectibles – everything you didn't know you wanted all in one short street, traffic-free alley between the Charing Cross Road and St Martin's Lane. 

LW guide Karen filming in Cecil Court

Cecil Court was once the home of the British film industry. Those of you joining Richard Walker on his Harry Potter walk will be perfectly placed to discover this London gem.

Richard Walker's Harry Potter tour starts at Westminster tube (exit 4) every Saturday at 2pm. Full info at

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. 

Accompanied children under 15 go FREE.

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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