Saturday, 9 January 2016

London Spy 09:01:16 Our Weekly #London Review #LondonSpy

Happy New Year! Our weekly London roundup returns starting, as always, with a few headlines that caught the eye in London over the last week or so, click the links for the full stories…


TRAVEL: Zone 2 Boundary Shifted East – Evening Standard

A TfL spokesman said the new Tube map was intended to “recognise the shifting economic map of London towards east London”.

“Re-zoning these stations will benefit more than 100,000 people per week and will ensure customers travelling to Stratford from central London will never require a ticket valid in Zone 3," he added.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “We’ve been campaigning for this for some time. The truth is London's moving eastwards and it’s sensible to reduce the cost of travel.

“It's going to encourage people to come to Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town, which will be great.”


ARCHITECTURE: Will London Soon Be "Dubai-on-Thames"? The Straits Times

According to think-tank New London Architecture (NLA), a total of 236 new buildings of 20 storeys and above are planned for London in the next decade. Add the fact that 55 of these new structures will measure 40 storeys or 132m and above, and it is easy to see why fears of a "Dubai-on-Thames" have been triggered among the populace of this 2,000-year-old city, renowned for fiercely protecting its heritage, traditions and crumbly, stone buildings no taller than the 111m-high St Paul's Cathedral.

 "Yes, the London skyline is set to change dramatically," says Mr Chris Wilkinson, founder of architectural firm WilkinsonEyre, "...but this is only part of a gradual evolution since the Great Fire of London in 1666. Cities have to change to suit new requirements because nothing in life stays exactly the same."

ENVIRONMENT: Mayoral Candidates On The Spot Over Bishopsgate Goodsyard Development – East London Advertiser

Candidates for May’s election for London Mayor and the London Assembly are being challenged over where they stand on the controversial Bishopsgate goodsyard development.

Environment groups including the More Light, More Power campaign which is fighting proposals for what it calls a “Berlin Wall of skyscrapers” that would put a large swathe of Shoreditch in shadow from the sun, are to put questions to the candidates in a public debate.

The environment hustings is being staged at Shoreditch Church on January 21, starting 7pm.

In Brief…

PROPERTY: London's Cheapest Homes – The Londonist

PHOTOGRAPHY: Short Docos on London Photographers – The Londonist

FOOTBALL: Spurs Can Win The League – Evening Standard

PLANNING: The Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street – MayorWatch

FOOTBALL: Not So Happy Valley in South London – South London Press


The campaigning has started in earnest in the mayoral Campaign 2016. Here are a few highlights from the week…

OPINION: Zac "Arrogant" & Labour In "A Mess" According to Disgraced Ex Tory Councillor Brian Coleman – Camden New Journal

Zac seems to me to have that supreme arrogance that comes with huge wealth,” Mr Coleman said. “He has never served in local government but I think he will win as the Labour Party in such a mess.

GREEN PARTY: Abolish Zone Travel System – The Londonist

LABOUR: Freeze the Cost of London Travel – This Is Local London

CONSERVATIVE: Mayor Race Will Be Hard For Tory Candidate – The Spectator

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.

No museum this week, no gallery or shop. Something a little more whimsical, altogether cheaper for the post Christmas purse and healthier for the New Year fitness regime.

If you do one other thing in London this week, simply take a wander across Waterloo Bridge…

Toward Westminster

Toward The City

A latter-day Terry & Julie

The simple pleasures are often the best and the easiest to forget.


Walking & Footwear News

Dawn Of The Smartshoe

The future is here, folks. Park your flying car for a moment and listen-up…

With a design that could be described as Michael Jordan meets Marty McFly, we aren’t expecting this shoe to win any fashion awards. And priced as high as $450, it also promises to put a dent in your bank account.

Controlled by a smartphone app, the shoe automatically tightens with the push of a button.

Interesting… but do they come in something more like a brogue? Then I'd be interested.

Full story at Geekwire:

Seen in London This Week

An outstanding new London Walks film made by London Walker and storyteller Jim Albritton

Heard in London This Week

David's latest poetry film following the success of his inaugural London in Poetry Walk last week…

Read In London This Week

London Walker Nicola Sutherland with a few words of praise on Facebook for the abovementioned London in Poetry Walk

And Finally…

It's farewell to the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. This year the tree didn't only brighten up the square, it also kept us chuckling on Twitter. Having Tweeted last week that it was off on holiday after a long, hard Christmas, the Mayor "chipped in" his twopenn'orth and the tree was forced to postpone the holiday and reply…

Thanks Trafalgar Tree and Happy New Year to all Londoners, London Walkers & Daily Constitutionalists!

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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