Saturday, 5 September 2015

London Spy Is Back! Our Weekly #London Review




London Spy is back from its summer break! It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London over the last week or so, click the links for the full stories…




FOOD: Not Cornish! They're London Pasties! – The Independent


THEATRE: New Venue For South London – South London Press






HOTELS: Best London Hotels For Christmas – Daily Telegraph


FASHION: Zandra Rhodes on London Fashion Week – Huffington Post



BOOKS: Maps of Bomb Damaged WWII London – The Guardian


ART, STYLE & CULTURE: The Haircuts of Hackney – Evening Standard





If You Do One OTHER Thing In London…

Our weekly slot in which we point you in the direction of other happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.





High Tea at the British Museum

London Walks guide Karen often encounters looks of surprise from her London Walkers when she tells them that high tea is served in the British Museum's Great Court Restaurant. Is it one of London's best kept secrets? Not any more…



Between 3:00pm and 5:30pm every day afternoon tea is served, with last orders at 5:00p.m. Booking is advised.

Call ahead on 020 7323 8990
email: BMrestaurant@benugo.com




Walking & Footwear News

Two Right Feet

"Sam Hinder had been waiting for what felt like an eternity for his new trainers from Clarks.

So when the nine-year-old was given two right-footed shoes he was somewhat disappointed.

Seeing his son get upset, Sam’s dad John posted a picture of the shoes on Clarks’ Facebook page and asked them to respond with a drawing of Optimus Prime from Transformers as an apology.


Not only did they oblige with a picture, they also sent a letter from Optimus Prime apologising for the mistake."

It's a great story and you can read the full thing in Metro: metro.co.uk


Live Seven Years Longer

"Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.
Researchers said moderate exercise could halve the risk of heart attack death among those in their fifties and sixties.

The new research, presented on Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress suggests that regular exercise can delay the ageing process."


What's not to like? Read on in the Daily Telegraph HERE


Sent Home From School

While our own London Walks guide Richard III has been known to express distaste when confronted with a walker shod in flip flops, he has yet to turn a walker away for wearing such shoes. (Note: "yet".)

"More than 50 pupils were sent home from a Nottingham school on the first day of term after turning up in inappropriate footwear – including flip-flops."

Can you hear Richard cheering? Read the full story in The Guardian.


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Seen in London This Week…


Poster outside a north London pub advertising a Psychic Night…


The poster reads "6pm till late" and we just wondered… if the event is staged by psychics, then why don't they know what time it will end?

Only asking.


Read in London This Week

Thanks to London Walker Debby Myatt who left the following review on Facebook…




London Spy is back next week.




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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Friday, 4 September 2015

Friday Is Rock'n'Roll London Day – Giles Gilbert Scott's Greatest Hits


Adam writes…


Passing by the Phoenix Theatre on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk recently (on our way to the famous Saville Theatre) and something suddenly caught my eye in the design…




The architect at work is Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and the theatre dates from 1930.

I'd noticed the pilasters before, of course – the four carved 2-D, "flat pillars", two either side of the facade.

But last week, for the first time, I caught an echo of another of Gilbert Scott's famous London buildings which also features four upright "columns" as its central motif…




Granted, the "columns" on Battersea Power Station were designed to be more than decorative, but… if you take the two central pilasters on The Phoenix (see above) and push them backward, and then take the two outer pilasters and pull them forwards, the Phoenix becomes a neo-classical,  2-D fold-out Battersea Power Station.


Both buildings have musical connections. The Pheonix was opened in 1930 with the play Private Lives, written by Noel Coward, Coward being one of England's leading pop song writers of the first half of the 20th Century. In more recent years, chart-topping pop stars have appeared here in musicals: Ronan Keating of Boyzone in Once; Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, Petula Clark and Mel C of the Spice Girls in Blood Brothers. All the acts mentioned achieved UK number one singles.*

Battersea Power Station can be glimpsed in The Beatles film Help! The interior features on the sleeve of Hawkwind's 1977 album Quark, Strangeness and Calm. Most famously, of course, it appears on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals – as featured in issue one of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book



* We don't usually set out to cover the Spice Girls, or Wet Wet Wet, Boyzone or Noel Coward on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk, but our Walkers have famously eclectic tastes!




The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road station every Friday at 2:00p.m.


And here's our Rock'n'Roll London film…










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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Thursday, 3 September 2015

15 Seconds in #Hampstead: The Movie

Our new Twitterfilm! 15 seconds of our Hampstead tour with David Tucker…








To view our previous Twitterfilm – a 15 second preview of a London Walks tour – click below for our Halloween 2014 preview…






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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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Whitestone Pond Hampstead

Eagle-eyed London Walks guide and Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III captured the following footage (two minutes) along the route of his Hampstead walk recently…








The Hampstead walk goes at 2:00pm every Wednesday meeting at Hampstead Underground station.


Richard III
Richard III, scion of a Lord Mayor of London, is a writer, actor, director and stand-up comic. And the only London Walks guide to have addressed the United Nations!  


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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