Monday, 30 April 2018

In & Around #London #Photoblog… #TheCrown

The Monday Photoblog!

DC Editor Adam writes…


LW's Karen Pierce-Goulding launches The Crown – a tour based on the hit Netflix series – this Wednesday. Meet her at Green Park tube (park exit) at 2.30pm. 


Today's photoblog showcases a few characters from the story, starting with your guide…


Karen researching The Crown – listening to the famous commentary on Winston Churchill's funeral


King George VI looking out over St James's Park


Detail from the base of the Queen Mother statue in The Mall – King's George VI & Queen Elizabeth visiting the East End



Churchill – an atmospheric shot by David Tucker


Princess Margaret – snapped at Kensington Palace during the Enchanted Palace exhibition back in 2010

























About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.






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.



Sunday, 29 April 2018

#LondonWalks Walk Of The Week: A NEW Tour! #TheCrown With @kpgtourguide



On Sundays we pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.


You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.





But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…


The Crown
(Based on the hit Netflix TV series)

Meet at Green Park Tube (Park exit)
2.30pm Wednesday


Here's the preview…






About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.







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.



Friday, 27 April 2018

Friday Is Rock'n'Roll London Day: Ashes To Ashes At Abbey Road

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day on The Daily Constitutional!

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station every Friday at 2pm.


DC Editor Adam writes…

From time-to-time, we spot a famous musician along the route of my Rock'n'Roll London walk. This is London and, as I state in the voice over for the Rock'n'Roll London video, all roads lead here as the capital of the music biz in this country.

But the most memorable sighting along the route of any of my London Walks involved not a star, but an ordinary person.

On any other day, she would have been as anonymous on any London street as you or me. And on any other day I wouldn't have given her a second glance.

I was leading a private musical London tour for a family from New York. It was an all-morning tour and we had taken a taxi to finish at the famous Abbey Road crossing.

We were waiting for the traffic and the crowds to calm down a little so that I could snap the obligatory photo of the family on the world's most famous cross walk. As we waited our turn, I noticed that one woman was crossing back and forth. Not in a conspicuous way. She would walk, at a regular pace from one side of the road to the other, pause for a few moments, and then cross back.

It's not uncommon for fans to pose for two-or-three "takes" - if you've come a long way to get this shot then it would be a shame if it wasn't right.

But as we waited for our turn - it was a particularly busy morning at Abbey Road – something caught my eye as the woman, in her 50s, maybe her 60s, crossed again.

It first glance I thought she was smoking - a cigarette or vape contraption was creating wispy clouds from her hand (Paul, after all, has a fag on the go in the famous sleeve picture).

But the cloud wasn't drifting up. It was falling down.

It was then I realised… she was scattering ashes. Solemn and discreet, she was carrying out the last request of a loved one.

A most moving scene. Elegiac yet strangely joyful.   






Join me on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour this Sunday 11am Tottenham Court Road tube.





The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station (exit 1) every Friday all year round – and every Wednesday at 7pm from 7th March 2017. You can follow the Rock'n'Roll London Walk on Facebook – www.facebook.com/musictourslondon

Here's the trailer…






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.



Thursday, 26 April 2018

Reclaim The Streets! The Rock'n'Roll London Walk LIVE In #DenmarkStreet

DC Editor Adam writes…

Well it was an EVENTFUL night on the London Walks Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk last night. 

The venue where the live music portion of the tour was supposed to take place became unavailable to us at the last minute (!) and when plans B & C also fell through, a spot of improvising was called for.

So… last night's LIVE music took place in… the street! Denmark Street to be precise, alfresco, an old-school busking set of Dylan, Paul Simon & The Kinks.



Thanks to my lovely walkers from Florida, Austin TX, Putney (via Sydney), Mississippi, Wisconsin, Denmark and Ealing who took this impromptu gig in their collective stride!

Thanks also to the guys at the Royal George Charing Cross Road for a warm welcome - and the same goes for The Cambridge pub, our second stop.


The Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk with LIVE Music goes again next Wednesday.


Here's how U.S news producer Jim Albritton captured the action…








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.



Wednesday, 25 April 2018

#HampsteadGardenSuburb – More Than A Village by @kpgtourguide

DC Editor Adam writes…


Karen's tour of little known Hampstead Garden Suburb goes this Sunday 29th April at 2.30pm from Golders Green tube. It, in a word, is a homecoming for The London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year winner. A homecoming because conducting that walk is leading a tour of the corner of London in which she was raised. Here she is…


There are those – the great Peter Ackroyd among them – who would deny the existence of ‘village London’. A conceit, others say, concocted by estate agents to pass off downmarket areas as quaint and cultural.

And there’s a part of this Village London concept that I, too, would quibble with. The enclaves and quarters, the different 'manors' (to use Cockney parlance) and neighbourhoods are often too complex to be encapsulated by the boundaries of a mere village.

The famous square mile, the City of London is, despite its diminutive size, is obviously not a village – from some angles it even seems more than a mere City, coming over more as some independent city state. In turn, the myriad exoticisms of Soho could never fit into a village. That fabled quarter – also roughly a square mile – is more a Peoples’ Republic – i.e. a quarter that welcomes the peoples of the world of all creeds, colours and sexualities – than a village.

If you want a citadel, we’ve got one of those to spare here in London, too: the rarefied academic halls and spires of Harrow on the Hill, especially when approached on foot from the east via the Capital Ring, resembles nothing less than a stronghold. Viewed thus it’s little surprise that Harrow brought forth Churchill.

There’s one more for the 'more-than-a-village' category: Hampstead Garden Suburb. Conceived as a retreat from the onset of the urban sprawl in the early 20th-century, this deliberately well-hidden corner of north London is undeniably ‘villagey’ in both feel and look – and that, indeed, was one of the founding principles of the place, foremost in the mind of its creator Dame Henrietta Barnet.

The result – the quiet lanes, the proximity of the Heath, the veritable festival of English domestic architecture, the fruit tree in every garden, the world-renowned girls’ school, the parish church by Lutyens – surpasses even the original high ideals of its conservationist foundation.

More than a village, more even than London’s most beautiful village (for such a term is too subjective), Hampstead Garden Suburb is nothing less than the Model Village.

Such village perfection as was only imaginable in 1907 made real – and never yet surpassed.



Hampstead Garden Suburb – with Karen Pierce-Goulding

Sunday 29th April 2.30pm
Meet at Golders Green Tube

Here's a preview…






About Your Guide…

Karen

Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." 

She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." 

She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award.


She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. 

A reformed actress and occasional journalist, her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.


She's the author of Royal London.




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.