Dec, 2010 17

getting around, sports Map Out Your Own London Walk

City Walks is a series of decks of cards with small adventures you can do by foot. The deck on London is composed by Craig Taylor and published by Chronicle Books. It includes some areas that might not occur to you as a must see, but are very much worth a look. For instance,he does a walk on Bloomsbury, the area known as the home of the Bloomsbury literary group, which points out many a unique book shop and The British Museum along the way. I found this area of London with one of his cards and the British Museum and the pub across the street from its front entrance has become one of my favorite places in London.

I’ve had my deck for a few years now and love the feature of taking just two or three cards in my pocket and heading out to discover the already discovered and undiscovered parts of London. Each 3″x5″ card in the deck of 50 has a written description leading to your destination (“Follow Gower Place to Endsleigh Gardens and turn right onto Endsleigh Street. Soon you’ll reach Tavistock Square where Dickens wrote Bleak House”) Now those are the kind of directions I need when wandering around on my own. I can find my way to almost any museum, music venue or shoe shop in London; please just don’t ask me to look at a map to do it.

The clever little cards in the deck have the written description that point out places of interest along the way and do also have, for the non-map challenged, a close up map of the area on the flip side of the card. It’s such a great way to discover a new patch of London of a morning or an afternoon. I can’t recommend them enough.

I knew that the series of decks included Paris and New York as I have them, but was happy to see that the series now includes a deck for Walking in London with Children by Emily Laurence Baker and Steve Mack. It’s a clever idea for those parents who are training their child to be world travellers. And the cards are just the right size for a child to hold and read out the directions for their family to follow.

These decks may be available at amazon, but are definitely available here:

Come along with me….London calling….

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