Saturday, 14 November 2015

London Spy 14:11:15 Our Weekly #London Review

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…

ARCHITECTURE: Interview With David Adjaye – Interview Magazine

I got into architecture because I was searching for a way to produce in the world. I went to art school and thought I would do it through art, but I realized very quickly that I was interested in the social ramifications of form making. So buildings became the vehicle and fulfilled that thing. That satisfied me when I produced them. I decided this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Read the interview at

ARCHITECTURE II: London's Forgotten Feminist Architects – Broadly

"We saw well-meaning men once again deciding that their theories were best suited for meeting the needs of women."

Read the full article at

PROPERTY: What Estate Agents Say/What Estate Agents Mean

Up-and-coming: Suicidally boring and unattractive parts of London where no one really wants to live but you now have no choice.

Full story at Time Out

AMERICAN LONDON: Top Spots For Thanksgiving Dinner in London – Bloomberg

TRANSPORT: Reviewing the Boris Bus – CityMetric

SHOPPING: Pavillion Books to Open in Covent Garden – The Bookseller

EAST LONDON: WWII Bomb Found In Spitalfields – Evening Standard

POLITICS CANADA: Justin Trudeau to Meet HMQ – CBC

SOUTH LONDON: The Famous Crystal Palace Subway Open To the Public At Last? – South London Press

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.

'Ave a cuppa tea… at Twinings Tea Shop & Museum, 216 The Strand.

Here's what they've got to say for themselves on the Twinings blog:

In a time when coffee was king, one man, Thomas Twining, went against the tide to share his love of tea. His passion turned a little-known drink into the nation’s favourite hot beverage.

For us, tea is more than just a drink. It's been part of our daily lives and that of generations of tea lovers for over 300 years.

Our story started in 1706. Back then, the most popular drinks in England were coffee, gin and ale - even at breakfast! Although tea had been drunk in China for thousands of years, it had only just been imported to England, and lots of people were suspicious of it.

Opening Times…

Monday - Friday  9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm

Walking & Footwear News

Okay, we get a bit of rain here in London – on average about 109 days worth, according to Travel Pulse and journalist Josh Lew:

Actually, London’s image as a rainy destination is a bit overblown. On average, it rains about 109 days per year. While that is a lot compared to many other cities, the number shows that the chances of having your UK vacation completely rained out are not as high as you might think.

Broadly, Mr Lew's article is pretty positive about our climate – for this, much thanks Josh. But we have to note that he's also a teensy little bit of a big sissy when it comes to a few drops of rain:

Tourists can take a “when in Rome” approach and similarly ignore the precipitation. However, a squall could prove quite unpleasant if you are planning a stroll through Hyde Park or a sightseeing walk around the West End or Notting Hill.

We're always asked "Do you do your walking tours in the rain?" And the answer to that is yes. But that's not what matters. The fact is that YOU GUYS do our walking tours in the rain and that's what matters.

It takes more than a few spots of rain to deter a London Walker. And that's just ONE of the reasons why we love you.

Read Josh Lew's full article HERE:

You can also catch up with our earlier love letter to the London Rain HERE

Read in London This Week

Thanks to London Walker Jackie for the following Tweet…

Seen in London This Week

We had a lovely time with the Nikon Owners Photography Group on Wednesday on the Ghosts of the Old City Walk. Here's one of the shots from the tour…

London Spy will return next Saturday. Have a great London week!

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