Saturday, 21 February 2015

London Spy 21:02:15 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…

TRAVEL & DESIGN: More Changes To the Tube Map? – Londonist

ENVIRONMENT: The Thames Flood Barrier & London's Future – The Guardian

POP CULTURE: New Romantic Soho – Financial Times

FOOD: Underground Dining! – The Guardian

On Twitter This Week

This one has been doing the rounds, but it still makes us chuckle:

The Daily Telegraph this week presented a round-up of the funniest London travel Tweets. This was our fave…

Read the whole article at The Daily Telegraph's website

 The "P" Word…

For better or for worse it's the hot topic in London and we London Walks guides are ALWAYS asked, "How much is the property around here?"

Property, of course, is worth whatever price people are daft enough to pay for it, but here are a couple of wilder examples from this week's property market…

You can read the full story of the Quarter Million Pound Shed in the Evening Standard at

Or how about this, the slightly more reasonable one-bed-flat in Victoria…

A pokey one bedroom flat in central London has hit the market for more than the price of a 14-bedroom Devon mansion.

The pied-a-terre in Rochester Row, Victoria, has just 336sq/ft of space, which is around the size of a large master bedroom.

It was originally a studio flat, but a screen has been installed to create a separate bedroom.

The property, less than a mile from the House of Commons and Big Ben, has been put on the market for a staggering £449,000 - more than double the average house price in England.

Indeed it is £50,000 more than a Devon mansion that is also currently on the market.

The full story is in The Daily Mail

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.

V&A Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

3 May 2014 - 15 March 2015

Always good to get a recommendation from a London Walker, and last Thursday on the Kensington Walk, a group of women on a day trip from Ely advised us all to visit the Wedding Dresses exhibition at the V&A. Thanks ladies (and thanks also for braving the elements in Kensington!).

Our London Walkers told us that they did manage to pick up tickets on the day, but booking is advised.

Here's what the V&A website has to say:

This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries. On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and will include some important new acquisitions as well as loans including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day. The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.

The V&A website is here:

Seen In London This Week…

Our Associate Editor Richard III got these excellent shots of the annual Pancake Race in The City last Tuesday…

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