Saturday, 4 June 2016

London Spy 04:06:16 The 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…


Compiled & Edited by Adam Scott-Goulding

THE THAMES: A day in the life of Fiona Haughey, foreshore archaeologist and London Walks guide…

I was down at the river at 7 this morning, to lead a walk. My work is entirely unlike a lot of people’s, in that it’s entirely tide dependent — you can only go at low tide.

I call it beachcombing, which is very different from mudlarking. Mudlarking has an implication of digging, and unless you have a permit you are not allowed to dig. In the 1860s, when stuff was off-loaded from ships, you got a lot of stuff dropping into the mud, and you got a lot of kids going down into the mud to see what they could find, for the family to use or to be sold to raise money. Kids were the first mudlarks and it sort of escalated from there. There’s the Society of Mudlarks, but you have to be formally invited to join.

Read the full interview with Fiona at

FOOTBALL: West Ham United begin their move into the Olympic Stadium, and it's all looking a bit posh…

When it was first announced that the east London club would be “anchor tenants” at the iconic Stratford venue, sharing the ground with athletics and rock concerts, fans had the impression their home might be a soulless and industrial affair.

But, instead, claret and blue is everywhere, as are nods to the “three sons” of the club who won the World Cup in 1966. Add to all that the digital screen showing West Ham in their glory and the Olympic venue is more West Ham’s home than a rented piece of turf.

Full story in The Wharf

FESTIVALS: It's all kicking off in Camberwell – and the ever-reliable Camberwell Blog has got it all covered as far as the Camberwell Arts Festival goes…

Read the full story here

In Brief

EXHIBITIONS: Designology at the Transport Museum - Londonist

BARNET ELECTION: The Story Behind the Election Cock-Up - North London Today

EVENTS: Open Garden Squares in South London – South London Guardian

ARCHITECTURE: The London Festival of Architecture Kicks Off – New York Times

HOTELS: The Best 4-Stars in London – Daily Telegraph

BOOKS: Literary Festivals in London – The Upcoming

The Best Recent Posts from The Daily Constitutional…

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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.

Comics in the Kitchen

At Orbital Comics in the West End, throughout the month of June, an exhibition of foodie cartoons and recipes…

For Orbital’s next thematic exhibition, they’ve gathered a bunch of food-loving cartoonists and illustrators and asked them what they really enjoy cooking these days. Their answers will be up on the Orbital Gallery walls throughout June, as a glorious exhibition of illustrated recipes.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street

Walking & Footwear News

So I absolutely LOVE this article:

There is so much fetishizing of exercise. What with the gadgets and gear and just-right outfits – the Lycra! The Lululemon! – at times fitness is more like maintaining membership at an exclusive club.

But the beautiful, gentle act of walking, that’s different.

Walking is not about gear or clothes or expertise; it’s easy, cheap, and exceedingly kind to the body. Walking for the sake of taking a walk is emotionally as well as physically pleasing; walking for the sake of getting somewhere is cheaper and easier on the planet than driving. And for whatever reason you find yourself walking, it's a great form of exercise. Walking is a win-win-win-win.


Seen in London This Week…

As shared on Twitter by London Walker Lynsey Smith…

Heard In London This (And Every Week This Summer)

On Thursday with London Walks you can tour The Beatles' London in the morning and the London of the Rolling Stones in the afternoon. But who's best? To help you decide (or perhaps just to annoy you ;) ) I've compiled a playlist to go with the two London Walks tours – Beatles v. Stones…

London Spy will return next week

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