GRAND WALKS Episode 3: Kicking it Through Kipps Lane with Marie Williams

Marie Williams and Daniel Bennett standing by a patch of tall sunflowers.


Kicking it through Kipps Lane with Marie Williams

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In this episode, Daniel is joined by restauranteur, Marie Williams, owner and chef of Reggae's Caribbean Restaurant - a well known London, Ontario eatery specializing in Jamaican food. This week's walk route takes us from Reggae's to the beautiful Ed Blake Park to Huron Street. A right onto Gatewood then Delphi takes us through this neighborhood full of sunflowers and signs of support for front line workers. Daniel and Marie dive into the specifics of roti, diversity in London, and share their love of the magic of Swiss Chalet sauce. Walk with us and by the end of this 35 minute episode, we know Marie’s love and big heart will enchant you!

Walk the walk or listen from wherever you are in London, Ontario or across the world.

How to Walk the Walk:

  1.  Look at the map and learn your route. If you have a printer, download and print the map or simply follow the map from your device when you arrive at the starting position.
  2.  Download the podcast.
  3.  Travel to starting position located on map.
  4.  Press play and keep directions close by.
  5.  5. Take a selfie along the route and tag us on social media @thegrandlondon

A transcript of the conversation with accompanying photos is posted below for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities or for those who prefer to read.  Click here to jump straight to the transcript and photos of the walk.

Episode 4 will be live on October 17 with special guest Natasha George as she and Daniel stroll through Springbank Park.

Did you miss our first two episodes with Emma Donoghue (September 26) and Alan Shepard (October 3)?

You can find those episodes here:
A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue
Hitting the Trails with Western President Alan Shepard

Marie Williams' Route:
Carling/Kipps Lane


Start at Reggae's Caribbean Restaurant

Walk West on Kipps Lane

Walk South on Barker Street

Cut through Ed Blake Park by the splashpad until you remerge with Barker Street, head South on Barker Street

Head West on Huron Street

Head North on Gatewood Road

Turn Right to head North on Delphi Road

Turn Right to head East on Monsarrat Avenue

Turn Left to head North on Barker Street

Head East on Kipps Lane back to Reggae's Caribbean Restaurant (and maybe grab a bite!)

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About Marie Williams

Marie Williams was born in Jamaica, and came to Canada 30 years ago. With a passion for the service industry, Marie pursued post-secondary education at Seneca College’s King City campus for Travel and Tourism. Her career path took a couple of different directions before she launched her own business in the restaurant industry. Combining her background in in tourism with her husband Herman’s lifetime experience as a chef, the two successfully established their first restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario.

A few years later, Marie and Herman made the decision to move their family to London and opened Reggae’s Caribbean Restaurant on Kipps Lane. With a dedicated following of customers from across London and the surrounding areas, Marie is known for her authentic Caribbean flavours, and also her strong, yet humble commitment to their local community. This year, Reggae’s expanded to include a second location in Sarnia, Ontario, and held a Grand Opening on September 12.

Episode 3 Transcript

Kicking It Through Kipps Lane with Marie Williams   35:31


Please note that this episode was taped in August 2020 and public health protocols for that time period were strictly adhered to by all participants.
Recording cables are 8-10 feet in length and while the perspective of some photos may suggest otherwise, strict adherence to the protocols were followed by all participants.

Marie Williams, Daniel Bennett, Lacie George

Photos by Whitney South

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