Saturday, 25 April 2015

London Spy 25:04:15 Our Saturday #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: Save the London Skyline – South London Press

CRIME: The Hatton Gardens Heist In Pictures – Evening Standard

PHOTOGRAPHY: Travel Photography on iPhone – The Guardian

SPORT: How To Follow the London Marathon – The Daily Telegraph

SPORT: The London Marathon Guide – Daily Mirror

PUBS: North London Pub Saved By Community – Tottenham & Wood Green Independent

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.

From 1st May there's a great new exhibition at Orbital Comics in Great Newport Street…


From May 1st – May 14th this year, Orbital Comics will be hosting COVER VERSIONS: When Music & Comics Collide! 

12 comic artists have been tasked with taking an album of their choosing, and creating a new piece of cover art for it: It could be their favourite album, one they listen to whilst working in the studio that often provides inspiration, or an album that they secretly think could benefit from a better sleeve! 

The finished pieces will be displayed at 12 record sleeve size, and when the exhibition closes, a short print run of each piece will be made available for purchase, with proceeds going to Brain Tumour Research

In the lead up the show, the Orbital blog will be launching on 1st April, with articles & interviews on the crossover between comics & music, with a number of events to be announced coinciding with the exhibition, including a launch night on 1st May!

(DC Editor adds: Don't forget that we moved our blog-based Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London over to its own dedicated blog. You can read it here:

And here's how to find Orbital…

Walking & Footwear News

Shoes are in the media this week here in the UK. First up is this question in The Guardian:

Given that women with size 8 feet are tall and women with size 4 feet are small, why do shoe shops put the size 8 shoes on the bottom shelf and the size 4 shoes on the top shelf?

Shoes will feature in the forthcoming General Election according to The New Statesman:

“Views not shoes,” declares the Fawcett Society in its new campaign to monitor the ways in which female politicians are subjected to sexist reporting. “Are we given shoe commentary rather than hearing what women have to say on the economy?” asks the society; to which, I am afraid, the answer appears to be yes. But what might come as a surprise is that most of the commentary doesn’t concern women – not even Theresa May, she of the leopard-print kitten heels and thigh-high patent leather boots; or Nicola Sturgeon, with her fondness for L K Bennett nude courts – but the male party leaders instead.

Read the full story HERE

Lastly, the New York Times has been measuring the walking habits of New Yorkers. Read the article here and get in touch if you use a pedometer or step counter here in London. Back in 2014 we measured our Ghosts of the Old City Walk with a GPS step-counter. We counted 2,595 steps and burned 108 calories. 

Then we had a look at the mapping facility on our iSteps app. And the route looked like this…

…and we couldn't help but notice that the outline left on the map looked a little like a profile of Frankenstein's monster. Don't see it? How about this, then…

Spooky, huh?

Seen in London This Week…

Springtime. Here's Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III…

This is Notting Hill, opposite Annie Lennox's house.  A camellia growing under a tree in blossom.

Do feel free to send us your springtime in London pics to the usual address.

London Walks Guides News

Happy Birthday to Katy!

Here she is in action…

Heard In London…

We're currently working on Episode Two of our Literary London Podcast. In the meantime, catch up with Episode One…

Read In London This Week

Via Twitter, thanks Colin Ellard for the following…

Guide Adam replies: Cheers Colin! I hadn't realised that I was leading a Psychogeographic Romp, but from now on I won't call it anything else! Thanks for getting in touch.

Thanks for reading! Over the next few days we've got a whole load of Literary London stuff coming up on The Daily Constitutional – and the next London Walks Podcast will go live too. Stay in touch! London Spy will return next week

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