Saturday, 4 July 2015

London Spy 04:07:15 Our Weekly #London Review

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!


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…



WEATHER: Hot Enough For Ya? – Evening Standard


FOOD: Vietnam in London – Produce Business UK


THEATRE: Measure For Measure at The Globe – Variety






UNDERGROUND: Tube Makeover at Brixton – Architectural Digest


PROPERTY – Village Green North London-Style – Ham & High




DRINKS: Cocktails in Mayfair – New Zealand Herald


HEATWAVE: Hot Weather Tip For London From An Aussie – Australian Times





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.



The Churchill War Rooms

The Westminster Walk on Thursday and Saturday ends up slap-bang at the door of this vivid museum, Churchill's underground lair perfectly preserved from the Second World War… apart from the cigarette and cigar smoke, thank goodness.

(We blogged about it earlier this year as part of our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London.)

Not only is this museum a powerful lesson in the horrors of war, it also focuses on Churchill the political animal with a well-presented history of his life in public service.




Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AQ

Admission

Adult £16.35           
Child £8.15           
Family ticket 1 adult / 2 children: £28.60
Family ticket 2 adults / 2 children £42.95           
Concessions
Senior / student / disabled £13.05

Open Daily 9:30am to 6:00pm (last admission 5pm)






Walking & Footwear News

"10 ways to make your shoes less painful" sounds like something of a compromise to us here at London Spy. But if you absolutely MUST wear stupid shoes, then these tips are for you, starting with…


That slap you hear as you walk along in flip-flops can cause blisters on your soles. Douse flip-flops in hair spray to increase grip and stop your feet from slipping, sliding and slapping about. You can also sandpaper the bottoms of sandals to improve grip.


Or, of course, DON'T WEAR FLIP FLOPS. EVER. Here's a reminder of London Walks guide and Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III's thoughts on the matter…


Flip flops are the most dangerous things on this planet. Never mind weapons of mass destruction. These are evil killers.





Catch up with the other nine (!) tips at bt.com


Read more from Richard III HERE.


Okay, knock it off with them negative waves, as Donald Sutherland said in Kelly's Heroes. Let's ac-cen-tu-ate the positive (thanks Bing Crosby) with this piece on espadrilles…


Originally worn by peasants and soldiers, the modest rope-soled espadrille was being made in southern France and northern Spain at least as early as the 13th century. Castañer, a Spanish brand founded in 1927, is traditionally credited with bringing the shoe into the fashion fold. The story of how owners Isabel and Lorenzo Castañer crossed paths with Yves Saint Laurent at a trade fair in Paris in 1970 is fashion lore—and the encounter resulted in the tall, elegant wedge silhouette we know today.

Nice piece, thanks to the Wall Street Journal, read the full article here: www.wsj.com






Seen in London This Week…


A VERY naughty mouse at Moorgate station. Stand BEHIND the yellow line, you reckless fool!





Thanks for reading! Stay in touch! London Spy will return 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, 3 July 2015

#Wimbledon Fact of the Day 03:07:15


Equality…

Women first competed at Wimbledon in 1884. Maud Watson was the winner of the inaugural ladies’ singles. Miss Watson honed her game by playing against male opposition - mainly undergraduates who were cramming for exams with her vicar father.

Since 2007 women’s prize money at Wimbledon has been equal to that of men’s.







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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The Nicest Guy In #London Cab Driver No. 75267 Thanks Mate! @LondonTaxi @The_LCDC @LondonTaxiRadio #downwithuber #blackcabsrule


DC Editor Adam writes… 

Thanks to London cab driver no 75267 who delivered three late London Walkers to our Jack the Ripper tour last night.

We were ten minutes-or-so into our walking tour yesterday evening when a cab pulled up alongside us.

"Is this the London Walks Jack the Ripper tour?" asked the driver.

I replied that it was.

"I've just dropped three people off at the Tower Hill tram (our meeting point) to join your tour. If you hang on I'll go back and get them for you."

And he did just that!

Thus Steve, Jennifer and Ryan from Indianapolis were able to join us – all thanks to a black cabbie going the extra mile for London.

It was all a bit of a rush so I was unable to get the driver's name, but as he pulled away in his silver cab I caught his number.

Thanks again No. 75267. You do our city proud.

I bet you don't get THAT level of commitment to London on Uber.









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 Is Rock'n'Roll #London Day


Richard P leads the Rock'n'Roll London walk today at 2:00pm meeting at Tottenham Court Road station. There's no need to book, £10 per person £8 for students and seniors.


Adam writes… Stage doors. They can be singularly unglamorous places. Here I am trying to add a dash of panache to the stage door at the Dominion Theatre on the Rock'n'Roll London Walk…





… and failing, natch.


Here's another…



… down by the Embankment, it's The Playhouse Theatre and something of a shrine for both music AND comedy geeks (I'm guilty of both).

From 1951 the BBC was in residence at The Playhouse and The Goon Show was recorded here. BBC sessions from the Beatles, The Who, Zep, The Stones and Pink Floyd also took place at the theatre which dates in its current form from 1907.

In one famous incident, on 28th July 1967, the Floyd's Syd Barrett went missing from a session for the BBC's Saturday Club. The session had to be abandoned as a consequence. It was presumably via this door (above) through which Barrett, by all accounts in midst of a freak out, made his escape.

Syd and Pink Floyd are the subject of the first issue of The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine, the new companion comic for the Rock'n'Roll London Walk.

The production currently in residence at The Playhouse is 1984, a dramatisation of the George Orwell novel, a book which is not without its own rock'n'roll connections.



In 1973 David Bowie approached the estate of George Orwell to adapt 1984 for the stage. Permission was denied and the Diamond Dogs album – a glam dystopia influenced by Orwell – is the result.


Here are a few tracks from BBC sessions at The Playhouse…





Richard P is leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk today at 2pm from Tottenham Court Road station. There's no need to book, the walk costs £10 per person and £8 for concessions.







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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