Saturday, 9 May 2015

London Spy 09:05:15 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. the big story is, of course, the General Election…

ELECTION 2915: Lib Dem Grandee Loses Seat In South London – South London Press

ELECTION 2015: Labour Dominates North London – Ham & High

ELECTION 2015: Labour Dominates East London – The Wharf

ELECTION 2015: Results from West London – GetWestLondon

ELECTION 2015: Is London Mayor Our Next Prime Minister? – Channel 4

SOHO: Record Store Lost to Gentrification – West End Extra

FASHION: Saatchi Gallery to Host London Fashion Week – Fibre to

BOOKS: Female Sleuths In Victorian London – Vancouver Sun

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.

If you do one other thing in London this week, why not help to SAVE London?

We've listed them before on this London Spy page – and we'll keep doing so because we believe them to be among the most important organisations in London. If you do one other thing in London this week, please pledge your support to the East End Preservation Society and the Save Norton Folgate campaigns.

Our historic East End is under threat from property developers. Every voice counts against the march of the bulldozers…

Follow the Save Norton Folgate campaign here:

And here's an eloquent video introduction to the East End Preservation Society…

Walking & Footwear News

The Daily Constitutional Editor writes…

Last Saturday I lead (and blogged about) three London Walks in one day, taking around 24,000 steps across the face of London in my beloved Doctor Marten boots. Here they are, pictured at around 10:00p.m last Saturday heading home on the tube.

The DM is 55 years old this year. Here's a great post from Bustle about the history of this fine shoe…

Built more for function than fashion, it must have seemed unlikely back then that DMs would become such an enduring fashion staple. In the late 1970s, Dr. Martens were cited as standard police footwear in the U.K. as the oil resistant soles made them suitable for dealing with traffic accidents. The boots were also popular with factory workers and builders due to their practical, sturdy nature.

And walking tour guides!

Read the full piece here:

The author is artist Lani Irving, AKA The Busy Badger, self-confessed goofball, writer and maker of art and coffee. 

You can view and buy her work here: and here Thanks for this excellent history Lani! 

Seen In London This Week

Which one's the cut-out? Which one's the real construction worker?

Heard In London This Week

It's the NEW London Walks Podcast! Literary London Part 2.

Andy looks at the London of the Shardlake novels and Adam goes up the Charing Cross Road in search of bookshops. P.S

P.S London Walker (and classic film blogger) Vanessa B: There are bookshop recommendations in this podcast. Hope you find 'em useful!

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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