Saturday, 31 January 2015

London Spy 31:01:15 Our Weekly #London Review




It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London this week, click the links for the full stories…



CROSSRAIL: Dig Beneath The City Begins – Evening Standard


FOOD: A London Win in Best Breakfast Awards – the Independent




ARCHITECTURE: David Adjaye Retrospective Opens in Munich – Wallpaper


MUSEUMS: The Smithsonian Set For London? – Mashable


CULTURE: The Save Denmark Street Campaign Continues – The Independent


ARCHITECTURE: Save The Coronet Theatre – South London Press




SHOPPING/GIFTS: London Sticker Book! Time Out


And finally, this from the Get West London website, featuring the sign from the Wonky Teapot cafe… at least we HOPE it says wonky…




Read the full story HERE




Weather Quote Of the week:

We picked this one up in the Evening Standard following an abortive "snow storm" earlier this week, Tweeted by BBC Radio 1 producer Derek Knight…







Best Feet Forward – Walking & Shoe News This Week

Smart Walking

Now this one we LOVE: it's best to learn while walking as opposed to sitting…

"Students feel freer to talk when they are outdoors than when they are in the classroom. It is noticeable how much easier it is for individual students to express their views on these walking seminars, particularly when the class is split into smaller groups."

See? Walking makes you smarter (esp London Walks, natch). Read the full story in Medical News Today HERE


Ladies, Here's Where You're Going Wrong

Some advice on how to walk in high heels… written by a man, of course.

"Many girls learn just by, at best, putting a pair of their mother’s on and tottering around their houses; others, at worst, decide they’ll use their first time out clubbing to learn.

It often takes an outsider to point out a social group’s flaws and so I hope my guide will be of some assistant in quelling the gaggle of girls who tend to look more elephant than elegant."


Read more in The Daily Mail HERE.


Not So Smart Phones

And here's one from The Ministry of Doh: don't text while walking…

"Beyond the thoughtlessness of walking texters, there are the safety problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted pedestrians are involved in thousands of accidents and even fatalities each year."

Dearie me. The full story – the fool story? – can be found in the Houston Chronicle




The Ups and Downs In Property "News"


London House Prices Hit New High – Evening Standard 29/1/15


London Property Boom Loses Steam – City A.M 30/1/15








Looking Ahead…


Valentines at the Grant 14th February 6.30pm to 9pm 

Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE Price: £5

They've always got something imaginative and fun at the Grant Museum for Valentine's Day and this year is no exception. Here's what they are up to this year…


"Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, so where better to do it yourself than at the Grant Museum of Zoology. 

Whether you’re looking for love or seeking to impress your Valentine date, join us for a special late opening. Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world with our Valentines themed specimen labels. 

There is no need to book just drop in any time between 6.30pm and 9pm, tickets are sold on the door and cost £5, which includes a free glass of wine."






If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…


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 largest Elvis exhibition outside of the US is currently in residence at the O2 – nice to see the space vacated by the much-missed British Music Experience being used for a musical exhibition.


From his car to his rhinestone-encrusted Vegas suits to his army uniforms, Elvis will NOT be leaving the building until August, but booking is essential for this display comprising more than 300 pieces from the King's Graceland home.


As is always the key with the best of such exhibitions, the music is never very far away. The strongest section of the exhibition is the Vegas "comeback" concert special of 1968, where we see not only Elvis's chair and guitar as used in that TV special…



… but are treated to the joyful sight and sound of a man hitting his stride and getting back to the thing he does – and loves – best after a long period making terrible movies in Hollywood. If you'd forgotten why he is the King, then head out to North Greenwich. We'll never be able to make up for the disappointment of Elvis neglecting to ever play live here in the UK, but this is the closest we'll ever get.


www.elvisattheo2.com



Seen In London This Week

St Paul's in a giant ball bearing…



(As posted on Instagram earlier this week)




Last Word…

DC Editor Adam writes… Hungry in Soho? Well take this tip from London Walker Susan –who divides her time between Connecticut and NYC and told me a great story about seeing Paul Simon live at a fundraiser in a local school hall with Harry Connick Jr on the same bill.

Susan pointed out Bar Bruno on the corner of Wardour and Peter Streets…




… and sang its praises. "Quiet, great price and a MOUND of pasta. I didn't want to stop eating it."

Thanks Susan – as I said to you on Friday, these recommendations ALWAYS sound better coming from our London Walkers.


Have a great week all!









A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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, 30 January 2015

A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.11: The Cartoon Museum @Cartoonmuseumuk


Our new series for 2015! Daily Constitutional editor Adam takes us on a Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London – 20 stops on a metropolis-wide search for all things illustrated. 

He'll be taking in everything from Gillray and Hogarth, to Scooby Doo and on to Deadpool and beyond! In addition he'll guide you to the best in London comic book stores as well as galleries that showcase the best in the cartoonist's art. 






Panel 11: The Cartoon Museum



Two weeks ago we featured The Cartoon Museum as part of our Best Museums In London series – you can catch up with that post HERE

But our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London would be incomplete with mentioning it again. Firstly, here's how to find the Cartoon Museum…





There it is, tucked away in plain view, struggling to be noticed in the presence of that upstaging old ham The British Museum.

Just to clarify: the good people at the Cartoon Museum are not describing the BM as an "upstaging old ham". That's all my own work, folks.

Indeed when Anita O'Brien, the curator at the Cartoon Museum got in touch with The Daily Constitutional recently, one of the first things she did was direct us to the British Museum as a great resource for London-themed cartoons. The example she sent was a George Cruikshank cartoon from the 1820s commenting on the spread of our metropolis - CLICK HERE to see the cartoon on the British Museum website.


Anita was writing in response to our request for a London-themed cartoon recommendation and she sent us not one, but two, in the shape of this pair of marvellous Heath Robinsons…







"There will be Heath Robinson stuff in the WWII exhibition, "Anita added, referencing the upcoming Heckling Hitler exhibition…



 … of World War Two cartoons which opens on 25th March. Thanks Anita!






The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London
WC1A 2HH

Still to come on our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London… From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, DC Thomson, and a wonderful indy comic book as recommended by Orbital comics, Metroland (my new favourite comic book).







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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Jack the Ripper Behind Bars At Last!

Exclusive. Your read it here first. Jack the Ripper is behind bars. Here's the photographic evidence…




Yes, as you can see our Jack the Ripper poster (and former meeting place) is behind bars. 


This is the scene at Tower Hill Station where, due to building works we now have a new meeting place for our London Walks.

If you are joining us at Tower Hill for a London Walk, your new meeting place is directly outside of the exit by the tram which looks like this…











A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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New Meeting Point For The Rock'n'Roll London Walk!

Next Wednesday night sees the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk!

The current London Walks leaflet lists Exit 3 at Tottenham Court Road as the meeting place for the Rock'n'Roll London Walk.

Exit 3 is now closed.

Here's how to find us from the Northern Line platform of Tottenham Court Road Station…









A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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