Saturday, 30 May 2015

London Spy 30:05:15 – Our Saturday Review of #London

It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London over the last week or so, click the links for the full stories…

NFL: Countdown to Dolphins v Jets at Wembley – American Football International

ENTERTAINMENT: Liza Minnelli Returns to the Palladium – What's On Stage

CULTURE: Celebrating Soho – The Guardian

PROPERTY: London's New Luxury Post Codes – Daily Telegraph

TRANSPORT: History of the 711 Green Line Bus – Reigate Mirror

DINING: Printed Food – CTV News

CITIES: New York v. London… London Wins! – Business Insider

TOURISM: Record Number of Visitors Second Year In A Row – Evening Standard

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.

This week, we're recommending a book-ahead event - and we're sure booking will be essential for Afternoon Tea at Kensington Roof Gardens

The date is Saturday 29th August 2015 and the event is back by popular demand.

From 12pm – 4.30pm, 100ft above Kensington High Street you can enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and many more tasty treats!

Afternoon tea is £29.50 per person, and you can upgrade and enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne for £10 on the day. To ensure your party are seated together please book your tickets in one transaction.

We'll be running our regular Saturday Kensington Walk, with David or Angela leading, on the day at 2pm.

The Roof Gardens website is here:

Walking & Footwear News

An app that tells us how to walk.

How. To. Walk.

Sweet baby Jesus…

Back in ancient Greece, Plato told the story of a man who gazed so intently at the stars that he walked right into a well. Supposedly, Thales was "so eager to know the things in the sky that he could not see what was there before him at his very feet". Flash forward to today, and scientists have finally found a way for us to avoid the fate of an absent-minded professor. But before we get too excited about enhanced navigation, we should pause to consider why commercial applications might encourage us to embrace something awful: an alienated relation to our own embodiment.


Full story here:

Roger Bannister's record-breaking running shoes – in which he broke the four-minute mile barrier back in 1954 – are up for auction this September and are expected to fetch something in the region of £50,000…

The shoes, made by GT Law and Son, have long, thin spikes and weigh 4½ ounces, much lighter than other shoes at the time. “I could see there was an advantage in having the shoe as light as possible,” said Bannister, who started his running career while he was a medical student at Oxford in 1946.

Full story in The Guardian.

Seen In London This Week

A family out for a half-term stroll in Wandsworth…

Read in London This Week

Thanks to Toronto-based London Walker Vanessa B for the lovely review on her classic film blog Stardust

Without a doubt, the best walking tour company currently operating in London, England. Each time I've gone to the UK, I've gone along on a handful of walks and I've enjoyed each one immensely! The guides are amazing and so damn knowledgeable - you can literally ask them anything and they'll have an answer ready for you! London Walks offers daily walking tours set within the city of London and day trips to just about anywhere else in England. If you know you're going to be visiting London soon, I would definitely suggest logging onto the London Walks website to check out their daily tour schedules.

You can visit Vanessa's blog here:

Heard In London This Week

It's the London Walks Podcast! Literary London Parts 1 & 2.


(P.S We're currently making a few notes of the next London Walks Podcast on Crime & Punishment)

Thanks for reading! Stay in touch! London Spy will return next week

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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