Monday, 6 July 2015

In & Around London: Some #London Towers

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.






North: TV mast at Alexandra palace 

South: TV mast at Crystal Palace

15th century St Mary's Tower Hornsey

A modern tower from Tower Bridge

The BT Tower is 50 years old but still looks futuristic (pic taken just after the demolition of Middlesex Hospital)






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.









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Sunday, 5 July 2015

#Wimbledon Fact of the Day 05:07:15


Net gains… 


At the first Wimbledon in 1877 the dimensions for the net were as follows: 3 feet 3 inches (1 metre) high in the middle of the court, suspended from two posts placed 3 feet outside the court at a height of 5 feet. The modern net is 3 ½ feet (1.07 metres) high.






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.









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Walk of the Week: Unexpected #London


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…



UNEXPECTED LONDON
Secret Places & Hidden Interiors

11 am on Fridays from Temple Tube

There's no need to book. A London Walk takes about two hours and costs £10 or £8 for concs. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent[s] go free.

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn I can think of no better investment than London Walks" (The New York Times). Could have been describing this walk. A walk that makes the new familiar and the familiar new. A walk that teems with unexpected delights, odd places and passing strange things and people. With – in short – a quorum of quintessential quirkiness. Grade A quintessential quirkiness. Quintessential London quirkiness. A taster? Try hidden palaces, The King's Speech Royal Chapel, the hotel where George Orwell worked, the chair with a flying guinea pig and – the jewel in the crown – a gothic chapel hidden away from public view and not visited on any other London Walk.


The Unexpected London Walk takes place every Friday morning at 11 am

Meet Hilary or Kim just outside the exit of Temple Tube

Temple Tube is on the Circle & District Lines

Guided by Kim or Hilary



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.









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Saturday, 4 July 2015

#Wimbledon Fact of the Day 04:07:15


To celebrate both the 4th of July (and The Championships at Wimbledon) our London List commemorates Five Trailblazing Wimbledon* (sic) Yanks:


1. Maurice McLoughlin (1890 – 1957). The first (of many) Americans to reach a Wimbledon final. Known as The California Comet, he lost 8-6, 6-3, 10-8 to New Zealand’s Tony Wilding in 1913.


2. May Sutton (1886 – 1975). The first (of many) Americans to win a singles title at Wimbledon, taking the title in 1905. (Sutton was actually born in Plymouth, England, but her family moved to Pasedena when she was just six years old.)

3. Bill Tilden (1893 – 1953). First (of many) American-born winners of a Wimbledon singles title (1920).

4. Frank Hunter (1894 – 1981). The first (of many) American players to be runner-up to an American singles champion at Wimbledon, losing 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 to Bill Johnson in 1923.


5. Billie Jean King (b. 1943). First American singles champ of the Open era (1969). First of many (see above).






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.









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