Saturday, 4 April 2015

London Spy 04:04:15 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…

ENVIRONMENT: The London Skyline Campaign – The Guardian

LOCAL LONDON: Brixton Is Buzzing – New York Post

NEWS: Fire Beneath London's West End – The Guardian

FOOTBALL: Spurs' Harry Kane Scores For England – Evening Standard

BOOKS: Peter Ackroyd on Hitchcock & London – The Independent

TRANSPORT: World's Biggest Underground Networks – Washington Post

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.

D.C Editor Adam writes…

Last Monday, the first day of the school Easter holidays here in the UK, I took my 7-year-old daughter to the V&A. The V&A is, of course, a life's work and one couldn't hope to conquer it in a day (which is why our Friday highlights tour is such a good idea).

So we focused our visit on one section of this the vast and wonderful collection and hit the jewellery in a big way.

The collection features a range of ancient and modern techniques spanning 1400 years – some 3,500 pieces in all –  and is housed in two dramatically lit spaces. Our particular fave pieces were Edith Sitwell's jewellery, as vivid and bold as the women herself.

There is also an excellent facility to design your own ring on screen. You can email the results home or to a friend. Here's my daughter's design. I think she's going to be a Goth…

Find out more about the V&A Jewellery Collection here:

And visit the museum (open daily) at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL (tube South Kensington). Here's a map…

London Walks Guide News

Congratulations No.1

Congratulations to London Walks guides Fiona Lukas and Simon Whitehouse on passing their Blue Badge!

Congratulations No.2

To David Tucker, London Walks' pen & Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent on finishing the mammoth task of writing, compiling, editing, organising and generally sweating over the Famous White Leaflet! The London Walks Summer 2015 leaflet is ready and will be out there very soon!

Walking & Footwear News

Oldsters walk twice as much as youngsters, according to The Daily Telegraph…

Young adults are an "indoor generation" who walk half as much as pensioners and rarely get fresh air, a survey has warned.

Over-55s go for a stroll on average nearly nine times a month compared with just four for 16 to 24-year-olds, the poll found.

The elderly clock up on average more than 20 miles every four weeks, while young people only manage 12 miles.

Here at London Walks we can also confirm that groups of oldsters walk at least TWICE THE SPEED of student groups and don't care quite so much about the effects of London rain on their hair. 

USA Today says walking in a group is good for you. We know! We know!

"We promote walking because it's so easy to do," says Deborah Rohm Young, director of behavioral research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and an American Heart Association volunteer. "You don't have to change your clothes, you probably won't get sweaty… And it's safe."

Full story HERE

Seen in London This Week…

At the Blackfriars underpass…

Any ideas anyone? What does it all mean?

Heard In London This Week…

In keeping with our Literary London theme this month, here's the very latest London Walks Podcast…

London Spy will return next week!

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

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