Saturday, 24 September 2016

London Spy 24:09:16 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…

Compiled & Edited by Adam Scott-Goulding

US ELECTION: Stop Trump Bus Tours London. Video from CNN…

LONDON SUBCULTURE: Death of the Soho Sex Shop?

Prowler is a conspicuously friendly store; it opens at 11am on weekdays and is soon peppered with adults of all ages, browsing the shelves as if it were a Tesco Metro. No shifty glances or brown paper bags here.

"We have a lot of couples coming in," says Phillips, "we have hen dos, girls coming in for their boyfriends to buy underwear for them."

Where sex is concerned, Phillips says, the personal touch is essential — trained staff who can run customers through what's what. Funnily enough, that's something you might not have got years ago.

Full story in The Londonist 

LONDON CULTURE: The North-South Divide - Time Out treats us to five North Londoner clich├ęs…

The north Londoner treats the south Londoner like an arrival from a remote Amazonian village. The unfortunate south Londoner, they think, hasn’t heard of the tube, let alone been on one, so they must be guided through life in the big, bad city – ushered away from the tourist traps and led to the decent pop-ups. Next they’ll be asking the south Londoner if they have an indoor loo.

More in Time Out:

In Brief

TRANSPORT: Mayor Presses On With Walking-Cycling Agenda – Financial Times

LONDON PROPERTY: Lambeth in Focus – The Guardian

BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Mayor Orders Review of Garden Bridge – BBC

Some Recent Highlights from The Daily Constitutional…

Walking & Footwear News

The North London primary school that forced the kids to walk like Prince Phillip has abandoned their strange policy…

An ‘outstanding’ primary school has been forced to back down on a rule ordering children to walk with their hands clasped behind their backs 'at all times' after a revolt from parents, it has emerged.

Last year pupils at St George the Martyr Primary School in Camden, north London, were told they must walk in the 'correct way' in school corridors, which school bosses called the 'University Walk'.

The term is believed to derive from how students at elite universities - such as Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews - were told to walk in bygone years.

'Maximise learning time' and 'raise their aspirations'

Angela Abrahams brought in the rule last year when she was head teacher, much to the fury of parents, in a bid to "strengthen pupil safety, maximise learning time" and "raise their aspirations".

Full story The Daily Telegraph

Seen in London This Week…

As regular Daily Constitutionalists will know, I'm logging a London plaque every day during 2016 in the #Plaque366 project.*

*The Daily Constitutional will be keeping the plaques to a bare minimum in 2017!

On Wednesday I collected one that would normally have fallen outwith even the most irregular of my London perambulations…

Peter Quaife was a founder member of seminal English rock band The Kinks and I caught his plaque when visiting Fortismere School on its open day for parents and prospective pupils! I'll add him to #Plaque366 next week

London Spy will return next week

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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