Saturday, 26 March 2016

London Spy 26:03:16 – Our Weekly London & London Walks Review #LondonSpy

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…

Compiled & Edited by Adam Scott-Goulding

LONDON: I loved this London Day & Night video as shared by Travel + Leisure magazine…


Watch the video here:

LONDON WALKS: The Summer 2016 leaflet is nearly ready! All the London Walks for Mondays to Fridays are already on the website so you can start planning your summer walking now!

Full calendar here:

BRUSSELS: Rick Steves responds to the terrorist attack on the Belgian capital and to the U.S State Department's travel advice

At frightening moments like this one, keep in mind that there’s an important difference between fear and risk. As the State Department recommends, while you’re traveling, be vigilant. Be aware. Exercise caution. But at the same time, don’t be terrorized. That’s exactly the response the terrorists are hoping for.

Brussels — and the rest of Europe — are, if anything, safer today than before yesterday’s attacks. Security everywhere will be on high alert. But, unfortunately, many Americans will cancel their trips to Europe. As a result, ironically, they’ll be staying home in a country that loses dozens of people each day to gun violence.

Read the full piece here:

In Brief…

EASTER WEEKEND TRAVEL: Thanks to the London Evening Standard for this piece on travel disruption this Bank Holiday weekend.

MUSIC: David Bowie Brixton Mural to be Preserved – The Hollywood Reporter

HISTORY/NATURAL HISTORY: Release the Kraken! Crystal Palace 1854-Style – BBC

FOOTBALL: London's Best Ever England Players – Evening Standard

OBITUARY: ‘Queen of Soho’ Elena Salvoni dies at 95 – West End Extra

PHOTOGRAPHY: London As Seen By International Photographers – Islington Gazette

DC Catch-Up

Stories you may have missed on The Daily Constitutional this past week…

This week The Daily Constitutional launched a new series on eating & drinking in London called I Know A Nice Little Place

Tuesday saw a review of Bradley's Spanish Bar  while on Thursday we pointed out some choice places to eat and drink on Fleet Street

The series was launched by LW guide & Daily Constititional Associate Editor Kim tucking in at Herman Ze German on Villiers Street.

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.

Play Top Trumps!

I took delivery this week of the new Top Trumps game London Galleries…

All the major galleries are featured with a good sprinkling of more obscure establishments thrown in. My fave feature is the tick box on every card. You can play the game on the Tube on the way to the gallery and then tick the box when you have visited. Excellent!

These cards will be playing a BIG part in my forthcoming Easter Holidays with my eight-year-old daughter (although we'll also be packing the Adventure Time set, too - slightly less educational but a ton o' fun!).

Visit the Top Trumps website HERE.

Walking & Footwear News

Shoes on a Plane – Off or On?

For starters, it's gross. But some Conde Nast Traveler editors disagree, and say go on, let your feet loose. Which side are you on?

We've all been there: You board your red-eye, settle into your seat for what's hopefully a snooze, and wrap your legs in a blanket. And then a thought hits: I'd be so much more comfortable without these damn shoes. Some airlines encourage you to free your feet, offering thick socks to wear for long hauls. But there are other factors at play: 1.) Feet can smell, and so can shoes when there's nothing shoved inside of them. 2.) If you take your shoes off, when you get up to use the restroom, do you then have to put them back on? It turns out, Conde Nast Traveler editors have very strong—and very divided—opinions on the matter.

Full story in Conde Nast Traveller:

Seen in London This Week

Short Preview vid for our NEW Rolling Stones in London Walk!

Read in London This Week

Blurbs from the forthcoming Summer 2016 London Walks leaflet which will be out next week!





Read in London This Week 2

This exchange on Twitter between London Walks Pen & Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent David Tucker and a couple of London cabbies…

And Don't Forget

Clocks go FORWARD this weekend…

London Spy will return next Saturday

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