• Secrets of Cheapside – Sunday Lunch deal
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    This Sunday 29th July, I’m leading the first of  a new series of walks linked to a great restaurant deal with the Paternoster Chop House near St Paul’s Cathedral.   The idea is that you get a great price for a Sunday lunch in a good restaurant, and the opportunity to do a walk around…

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  • Rob’s favourite London activities
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      We’ve asked various Footprints Guides to choose their Favourite Activities.  This month Rob Smith suggests..   While the weather so far this summer has not been great for walking, its given me the chance to catch up with the BBC’s excellent series of London programmes. On of my favourites has been London on Film – The West End ,…

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  • The Cally’s Kick Ass Heroine
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    It is good to see Islington’s Peoples Plaque scheme continuing, with the latest one for Edith Garrud unveiled this weekend. Edith was a real kick ass heroine – known as the Jujitsu Suffragette, and star of Britain’s first martial arts film. Edith and her husband were physical training instructors, a fairly unusual job for a…

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  • The train now leaving ….
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    This week saw the return of an old friend – the stonework from the original 1886 station at London Blackfriars which describes all the destinations you can get to. And very glamorous they are too – Venice, Baden-Baden and St Petersburg (and Bromley and Beckenham too). The station opened as St Pauls in May 1886,…

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  • Shakespeare’s money
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    We’ve a new free exhibition at the British Museum opening today – Shakespeare’s money and medals – this is a small exhibition in room 69a – a taster in a way to the bigger blockbuster British Museum event – Shakespeare: staging the world which starts on 19th July.  Come to the exhibition and find out what an Elizabethan playgoer…

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  • Shakespeare’s Restless World
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    There is a great new series Shakespeare’s Restless World on Radio 4 by Neil McGregor starting today – the idea is to talk about one object a day over twenty days – giving some of the context to Shakespeare’s life.    This is linked with the forthcoming must see exhibition at the British Museum –…

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  • Zoffany at the Royal Academy and the East India Company
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    If you can fight your way through the queues for the David Hockney show, I thoroughly recommend a visit to the exhibition Johan Zoffany RA Society Observed at the Royal Academy. Zoffany’s sometimes mischievous portraits of London society are bound to fascinate anyone with an interest in Georgian London. For me however, it is the…

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  • Les Miserables and revolting students at Greenwich
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    Luvvies and revolutionaries are preparing to man the barricades at The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) at Greenwich where scenes from the forthcoming blockbuster film Les Miserables are due to be shot early in April. The ORNC’s Lower Grand Square, which is flanked by the King Charles and Queen Anne Courts, is being mocked up…

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