Saturday, 11 June 2016

London Spy 11:06:16 - 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…

Edited & Compiled by Adam Scott-Goulding

FOOD: London's First Naked Restaurant…

It's intended to be the first naked restaurant dining experience, where clothing is optional, and you will have to leave your mobile phone in the cloak room, along with your cloak. Technology is not permitted in the dining area, for obvious reasons, and, for some, this may seem more extreme than being naked.

The Bunyadi will open in June and diners are granted access on a first-come-first-served basis. The wait list stands at over 40,000 and for those who wish to try the food without having to expose themselves, there will be a section for those who wish to keep their clothes on.

Read more:

MUSEUMS: Museum of London's New Building Plans Revealed…

Full story

TRAVEL: Twitter Alerts from TfL…

"Currently, obtaining live travel information via Twitter means having to visit the relevant account or searching through your timeline for the latest Tweets. This pilot will, for the first time, allow notifications to be sent straight to customers' mobile devices while they are on the go, or direct to their computer, free of charge as a 'Direct Message'. This will mean that customers can be informed straight away and avoid disruption," reads a blog post from Twitter's Cornelia Raportaru.

Full story at

In Brief

WILDLIFE (!): Three Foot Snake Found In Wembley - Evening Standard

MUSIC: Four New Venues for London – Music Week

FOODIE: Taste of London Fest Returns to Regent's Park – Evening Standard

The Best of This Week on The Daily Constitutional…

In the regular Monday London photoblog slot I went nosing around Fleet Street

On Tuesday LW's David took on the neo-fascist tone of the Brexit campaign, advising us to turn to WB Yeats instead in a post headed All This Endless Cant

On Wednesday award-winning LW guide Fiona Lukas suggested a couple of tunes for our Big London Playlist

On Friday I posted on pop and rock and Buckingham Palace – Rock'n'Roll London –God Save The Queen

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.

Punk 1976 - 78

The British Library

How do we "commemorate" the punk movement of 1976/77? It's been the topic of much debate on the arts pages this year and the British Library's free exhibition immediately raises a chuckle with its big sign that reads "No Photography". Presumably spitting is okay?

Having said that, it's a well-curated if small exhibition and a must for music fans. The sleeve gallery of 7" single artwork is particularly good and there's a continuous loop screen of the Bill Grundy incident with the Sex Pistols cussing on live TV, still thrilling and still hilarious. Here's the BL's intro…


Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University, including items from England's Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive, it celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.

The exhibition contains adult content.

The British Library
96 Euston Road

Exhibition runs to 2nd October 2016

Walking & Footwear News

Here's the latest on "Distracted Walking" – or "being an idiot" as it used to be called in the olden days…

Texting and walking is bad. It’s so bad, in fact, that New Jersey is considering making distracted walking a crime, with a punishment of up to $50 in fines and/or 15 days in jail. 

But potential fines and jail time aren’t the only reasons you should be wary of texting and walking…

Read the full article with accompanying video of distracted walking incidents at

Seen in London This Week…

On Friday LW guide Karen Tweeted from The Tower…

And Finally…

It's always my great privilege to show Maggie Williams and her students from the University of Southern Mississippi around Fleet Street…

… and they always bring me a special memento of our tour. Here's my new pal Northcliffe having a pint after Wednesday's walk…

Thanks to Maggie & the students!

London Spy will return next weekend.

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