Saturday, 30 November 2019

Six London Scots For St Andrew's Day

DC Editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

Happy St Andrew's Day! Here are a few London Scots to help you celebrate…

The Poet: Robert Burns in Embankment Gardens

The Champion: I post this pic all the time and NEVER tire of it! 'mon Andy! 

The Writer: Plaque for RLS in Hampstead






The Warrior: Stuffy Dowding, RAF Fighter Command born in Moffat

The Fashionista: Glasgow-born founder of Carnaby Street as the 60s go-to shopping street for men 

The Tour Guide: The Daily Constitutional's Editor!



My Public Scheduled Tours for December 2019



1st December – The Unknown East End – 2pm Whitechapel Station

5th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

5th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

6th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

7th December – Marylebone – 2pm Bond Street Tube

7th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

19th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube


19th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

20th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

21st December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

23rd December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)

26th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

27th December – Hidden London – 11am Monument Tube (Fish Street Hill Exit)

28th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

28th December – The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London – 10am Temple Tube

30th December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)





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Friday, 29 November 2019

London Music Tours Winter 2019/20 – Including 3 NEW Tours!

DC Editor Adam writes…

Here's the full schedule of my scheduled London Music Tours from now until the end of February 2020…

Winter Programme 2019/20

The full schedule of London Music Tours from December 2019 - February 2020


Scroll to the bottom for my BRAND NEW tour Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961 - 1965.









"Our was an enchanting entertainer, full of anecdotes… absolutely recommendable, if you are lucky enough to have Adam as your guide."
★★★★★
sandrahuewles TripAdvisor September 2019







December 2019


ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON


Friday 6th December - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)


Friday 20th December - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)



The history of Rock & Pop in London's West End - Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who… Clash, Pistols… Bowie, Bolan, Hendrix… and more. The Marquee, The 2i's Coffee Bar, The Saville Theatre, Soho, Carnaby Street and Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley


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"WOW! Great walk."
★★★★★
TrustedTexan TripAdvisor September 2019



NEW TOUR: THE BEATLES & BOB DYLAN IN 1960S LONDON
Saturday 28th December 2019 - 10a.m Temple Tube

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A walking tour in search of the two most influential, most important acts of the decade.
Where they led, EVERYONE followed.

We’re following, too - in their footsteps to find... The hotel where Dylan held court… The theatre where Lennon played his first major solo UK… The pubs & coffee bars of Dylan’s first visit in ‘62

And we’ll take a look at how London has changed from the post-war period of the Pop Culture explosion to the 21st Century

Our tour covers the hopeful winter of 1962-63, the optimism of success in 1964, thence in to the uncharted territory of ’65-’66 and the birth of Pop Culture


Practicals

A longer, more detailed tour - my regular London Music Tours usually take 1.5 - 2 hours. This Bonus Tracks tour is longer and covers more ground. Our 3 hour tour will include an interval. Smaller, more intimate groups - maximum number of 12 walkers

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"Totally brilliant… I was sorry when it ended."
★★★★★
onefromfour TripAdvisor May 2019


January 2020


NEW! MUSIC FEST 2020

Three Days - SIX Music History Walking Tours
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th January 2020




With MUSIC FEST 2020 you can book one tour or as many as you like!


Here's the schedule…

MUSIC FEST 2020 FRIDAY 3RD JANUARY


ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON

Friday 3rd January 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

The history of Rock & Pop in London's West End - Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who… Clash, Pistols… Bowie, Bolan, Hendrix… and more. The Marquee, The 2i's Coffee Bar, The Saville Theatre, Soho, Carnaby Street and Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley



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MUSIC FEST 2020 SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY

THE BEATLES & BOB DYLAN IN 1960S LONDON*

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 10:45a.m Temple Tube



(* This is a two-hour version of the tour presented on 9th November 2019)



NEW TOUR: MUSICAL COVENT GARDEN


Saturday 4th January 2020 - 2:30p.m Temple Tube




A brand NEW London Music Tour for 2020 – Musical Covent Garden.


From the Opera House to the theatre where Bob Marley became a legend; via the oldest recording studio in Britain (1898) to the hotel where Bob Dylan held court in ’65; from Rule Britannia to On the Street Where You Live – this London Music Tour covers the musical waterfront from Arne to Zappa.


We’ll see…
The Savoy HotelThe Savoy TheatreThe Gramophone Company’s recording studios 1898-1931The Royal Opera HouseSt Paul’s Church as featured in My Fair LadyThe Lyceum TheatreThe Middle Earth Club where Pink Floyd played

From John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera to Bob Marley’s Exodus, there will be cameo appearances from Noel Coward, Alan Jay Lerner, Charlie Chaplin, The Smiths, U2 and – in the best tradition of greatest hits collections – many, many more.




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THE ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON PUB WALK

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 7pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)



The history of Rock and Pop in London's West End… with a couple of pub stops along the way!




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MUSIC FEST 2020 SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

PINK FLOYD IN 1960S LONDON

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 10:30a.m Leicester Square Tube (exit 1)





Discover the origins of one of history's biggest bands - Pink Floyd.

A walking tour for fans AND newbies.


Architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright met at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1963. They founded R&B combo Sigma 6 (later the Screaming Abdabs and then The Tea Set) and were joined in '64 by charismatic painter & songwriter Syd Barrett.
Syd melded the blues singers FLOYD council & PINK Anderson for the band's new name and brought an oh-so English take to their psychedelic sound.


The troubled Barrett has become a cult figure despite leaving the band in '68. His drug use and reclusive final years are the stuff of rock'n'roll legend.


David Gilmour (an old Cambridge friend of both barrett & waters) replaced Syd, and, with Waters as principal writer, they went on to sell millions of records over a period of 15 years of groundbreaking rock music followed by 20 years of very public artistic differences.


Five decades on, Floyd records still sell, new Sydologists join the cult every year and the debate rages on: Waters or Gilmour: which side are you on?


Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... This is Pink Floyd's London.

We will visit…


The site of the UFO ClubThe site of Middle EarthRegent Sound StudiosDenmark StreetThe Regent Street PolytechnicThe BBCSyd’s old flats in the West End & South Kensington


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WOMEN IN MUSIC Divas, Rebels & Junkies 1722 - 2019

Sunday 5th January 2020 - 2:00p.m Leicester Square Tube (exit 1)







So what’s not to love about a songwriter’s muse? Think Pattie Boyd for both George Harrison’s Something and Eric Clapton’s Layla.

And who amongst us can tear their eyes away from the spectacle of the pill-stoked diva throwing tantrums through a series of calamitous relationships with men who can be described at best as being Not Proper Boyfriend Material. Judy. Amy. Whitney.
But – to borrow from the great Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is?


Where are the rebels? The mavericks? The writers? The virtuosi?


They’re on Divas, Rebels & Junkies – Women In Music 1722 - 2019, the walking tour,


The track listing for this two-hour Musical Walking Tour in Three Acts features… the warring sopranos Francesca Cozzoni and Faustina Bordoni who drove Handel to distraction as they conquered London… the theatrical visionary and outsider Joan Littlewood who revolutionised British musical theatre… the folk purist Peggy Seeger who laughed Lonnie Donegan offstage… little Lillie Klot, the East End rag trade girl who, as Georgia Brown became this country’s finest interpreter of Kurt Weill and the original Nancy in Oliver!… the Harlem girl who was told she was too ugly to be a star and whose life was plagued with self-doubt - Ella Fitzgerald… Marianne Faithfull the convent girl of supposed aristocratic blood who topped the charts then hit rock bottom on the streets of Soho strung out on heroin, only to come back as one of the few true mavericks the British music scene ever produced… alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Marie Lloyd, Dusty Springfield, Jessie Matthews and more.


The tour will end at The Palladium Theatre – we go out at the top – with Judy Garland topping the bill.



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ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON

Friday 17th January 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

Friday 31st January 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)




The history of Rock & Pop in London's West End - Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who… Clash, Pistols… Bowie, Bolan, Hendrix… and more. The Marquee, The 2i's Coffee Bar, The Saville Theatre, Soho, Carnaby Street and Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley



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"All sorts of cool info."
★★★★★
Princerman TripAdvisor April 2019





February 2020


ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON 

VALENTINE'S SPECIAL Friday 14th February 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)
Friday 28th February 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)


The history of Rock & Pop in London's West End - Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who… Clash, Pistols… Bowie, Bolan, Hendrix… and more. The Marquee, The 2i's Coffee Bar, The Saville Theatre, Soho, Carnaby Street and Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley


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"What a great 2 hours!"
★★★★★
LesleyH TripAdvisor April 2019



NEW TOUR THE BEATLES & ROLLING STONES IN 1960S LONDON

Saturday 29th February 2020 - 10:30a.m Leicester Square Tube (exit 1)




Beatles Vs Stones

Beatles and Stones. The biggest names in Rock’n’Roll. Made right here in London.

Rivals? Enemies? Friends or foes?

Our walk visits their places, unravels the myths, looks at the music and asks, once and for all… who’s BEST? Beatles or Stones?

Along the way there’s a pub stop and a prize quiz. History, trivia, debate, opinion and music.

Guaranteed small group – maximum 12 people. Ideal for hardcore Beatles & Stones fans and beginners alike.

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BRAND NEW TOUR LAUNCHES JANUARY 2020! 

BEATLEMANIA! THE BEATLES IN LONDON 1961 - 1965 





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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving From London!

DC Editor Adam writes…

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

To celebrate, here's a great American in London and a great American seasonal tipple…


Patriotic American Harry Craddock was driven from his homeland by a wicked and draconian law: Prohibition.

As a bar tender, Harry was out of a job.

Luckily for London he washed up on the bank of the Thames at the Savoy Hotel, where he popularised the Dry Martini in the capital and invented some 200 cocktails.

He also penned The Savoy Cocktail Book (1965 edition shown), not a day out of print since 1930. Even now, Harry’s book still has few rivals for clarity, variety and – best of all – simplicity.

An illustration of this simplicity can be found in his deliciously unfussy Egg Nog:

1 Egg
1 tablespoon sugar
2 oz. of any spirit desired
Fill glass with milk
Shake well and strain into long tumbler. Grate a little nutmeg on top.


Bish, bash and, indeed, bosh. A simple classic. The pages brim with golden rules and booze wisdom aplenty from the man who, legend has it, mixed the last legal cocktail in New York City in the minutes before midnight on 15th January 1920. (He cut it so fine that the last legal cocktail to be mixed became the first illegal one to be consumed, thrown back just after midnight.)

“What,” he was once asked, “is the best way to drink a cocktail?” His answer fizzes with both wit and cautionary wisdom: “Quickly, while it’s still laughing at you.”


Happy Thanksgiving!


My Public Scheduled Tours for December 2019


5th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

5th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

6th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

7th December – Marylebone – 2pm Bond Street Tube

7th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

19th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube


19th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

20th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

21st December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

23rd December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)

26th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

27th December – Hidden London – 11am Monument Tube (Fish Street Hill Exit)

28th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

28th December – The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London – 10am Temple Tube

30th December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)







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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

London In Autumn

DC Editor Adam writes…

We're on the cusp of celebration season – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannuka, Hogmanay, Saturnalia… whatever you're celebrating, peace and love to you all.

I'm pausing before the madness begins with a little photoblog of London in Autumn…


From the first fall of September on Primrose Hill…


To the view from my desk at home (complete with speeding Tube train)…


…to Kensington…



to Green Park. Or should that be Green, Gold, Blue & White Park…


To the Pergola at Hampstead…


… and a view toward The City from the bottom of Haverstock Hill.


Regent's Park…


St Jude's, by Edwin Lutyens in Hampstead Garden Suburb, viewed from the Heath Extension…


A sudden autumnal shower in the churchyard of St Mary Abbot back in Kensington…


A pair of red heads way out east on the Regent's Canal…



To a desolate-looking East Finchley Cemetery…


Not forgetting the sunsets at this time of year…




Enjoy the party season. See you out there soon

A.S-G
London
November 2019

My Public Scheduled Tours for December 2019


5th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

5th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

6th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

7th December – Marylebone – 2pm Bond Street Tube

7th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

19th December – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

19th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

20th December – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

21st December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

23rd December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)

26th December – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

27th December – Hidden London – 11am Monument Tube (Fish Street Hill Exit)

28th December – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

28th December – The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London – 10am Temple Tube

30th December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)







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