Saturday, 14 March 2015

#London Spy 14:03:15 Our Weekly Review Of All Things London, Walking & London Walks

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…

DRINK: A Pop-Up Soho Whisky Bar – Daily Telegraph

ARTS: Fire at Battersea Arts Centre – The Independent

TOURISM: Top 40 UK Attractions – Daily Mail

GALLERIES: The National Gallery Bans Selfie Sticks – The Guardian

FASHION: Alexander McQueen Exhibition at The V&A – Washington Post

POLITICS: Pankhursts Back On the March – International Business Times

CULTURE: London Stereotypes – Time Out

We were also intrigued by the following, shared by a guiding colleague in Spain:

Italy’s antitrust authority has fined the travel planning website TripAdvisor €500,000 (£392,000) following complaints of improper business practices. 

In a statement, the authority stated that TripAdvisor had failed to adopt controls to prevent false reviews, while at the same time promoting the site’s content as “authentic and genuine”.

A UK regulator has previously said that TripAdvisor needs to stop claiming that all the reviews on its British site were written by independent travellers and therefore reliable.

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 Museum of Brands is staging a late-night Guinness themed treasure hunt with cocktails and live music to celebrate St Patrick's Day 17th March!

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising
2 Colville Mews
Lonsdale Road
Notting Hill
W11 2AR


Adults (includes gift aid): £6.50
Children (7 - 16): £2.25
Family: £15.00
Concessions: £4.00
Carer for disabled guest: Free

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Monday: Closed, except bank holidays

Walking & Footwear News

Seriously, folks: it's really REALLY good for you. Keep walking…

A recent study has shown that, “Physical activity may create a ‘reserve’ that protects motor abilities against the effects of age-related brain damage.”

Read the full story in the Daily Express

Seriously, folks: this has to be really REALLY bad for you…

For some women, finding the perfect pair of boots is nearly impossible, and they're willing to go under the knife for slimmer legs. Monica Escobar, 39, is one of those women.

This year Escobar decided to take a drastic step towards getting the calves of her dreams by having calf boot surgery, also known as calf liposuction.

Full tale HERE.

Are cowboy boots EVER a good look? Certainly not in this tale from Tulsa:

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma say a naked intruder is now behind bars.

They arrested Shawn Miller Monday night after a woman reportedly found him naked in her garage.
According to the police report, the woman screamed, and the accused thief, wearing nothing but cowboy boots, ran out of the garage.

Full story HERE

Travel etiquette, when on roam… 

"The authorities on the islands of Phi Phi in Thailand are to put up signs in public toilets telling Chinese tourists not to clean their feet in the wash basins, according to a local news website."

Full story in the South China Morning Post

And finally… Bean Boots. Frankly we've never 'eard of 'em, but by all accounts they're back in style:

"They’re all over college campuses and high schools,”  L.L. Bean spokesperson Carolyn Beem told “Without changing anything, they’re back in style.”

In fact, the boots are so popular they sell out every winter. In December, reported that between 60,000 and 100,000 pairs were backordered."

We found this story in UK Business Insider – but if any of you Daily Constitutionalists and London Walkers can give us a personal recommendation, then drop us a line at the usual address.

Heard In London This Week: The London Walks Podcast

Don't forget to catch-up with our current podcast on London Museums – all three parts are available now…

Seen in London This Week: The Latest London Walks Film

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