Monday, 1 September 2014

In & Around London: Spotting London walks with London Walks

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.


Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.












A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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.









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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The London Nightly Photoblog 31:08:14

That's it for August…



… The London Nightly Photoblog will return in November…







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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.









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Walk of the Week


Every Sunday we’ll 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…






A SOHO SAUNTER

Top of the morning to you 10.15 am on Fridays from Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 (meet by Wyndham's Theatre)

The brush that painted London sober, sombre and genteel missed Soho. What a delightful hotch-potch the place is. A graceful old square and courtyards and passages that burrow unpredictably between the streets...and everything humming with life. Shutters going up and flower boxes being watered, freshly baked bread carried into restaurants, waiters in white aprons serving Turkish coffee at sidewalk cafes, Chinatown bestirring itself, the colour and clamour of Berwick Street market (if it weren't for the Cockney accents you'd think you were in a Morroccan souk). What a tonic!

The Soho Saunter Walk takes place every Friday morning at 10.15 am.


Leicester Square Tube is on the Piccadilly and Northern Lines



A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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.









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Paris Walks

All through the month of August we'll be blogging a few choice nuggets from The Mothership – that's www.walks.com, the main website of London Walks. Our From The Archive series is written in the main by London Walks' Pen David Tucker and will feature practical tips on joining in with a London Walk, some general London info as well as some more "off the beaten track" bits…





Paris Walks

If you're off to the City of Light, well be sure to try a Paris Walk or two. Paris Walks is owned and operated by our good friends, Peter and Oriel Caine. They're an English couple. They've lived in Paris for many years. They – and their superb team of Anglo-American guides – do a wonderful series of guided walks (in English) in Paris. Thanks to Eurostar it's so easy to get there now – it's two hours and twenty minutes city centre to city centre. So we go a lot...five, six times a year. And we love their walks – go on two or three of them every time we're there. Indeed, I'm proud to say one of them – their French Resistance walk – was whipped up especially for me (David). It's the Peach Melba, so to speak, of Paris Walks!

  
Here are the Paris Walks contact details:

Paris Walks
12 passage Meunier
93200 St Denis, France

Telephone: (33) 01.48.09.21.40
Fax: (33) 01.42.43.75.51


And while I'm at it, here's a Paris restaurant recommendation.  Try Polidor. It's on Rue Monsieur Le Prince. (Incidentally, the San Francisco Bookshop is in the same street - and you can usually pick up a copy of the Paris Walks leaflet there.) Nearest metro is Odeon.

Polidor is very French. It's been doing its thing forever. Wonderfully atmospheric. Red checked tablecloths.Old brass. House red served in bottles that are museum pieces. Very cheap. Very cheerful. It's always open. Packed out with a fun Left Bank crowd: Sorbonne students, arty types, journalists, savvy tourists, etc. And good hearty fare.

And for a chaser? Well, where else? Jean-Paul's et Simone's cafe. Bien sur.







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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.









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