Saturday, 3 September 2016

London Spy 03:09:16 The Weekly #London Review Returns!

Back from its summer break! 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

PLAQUES: How do the folks at English Heritage go about making a blue plaque? This lovely film about the new plaque for Freddie Mercury reveals all:

GREAT FIRE: The Royal Mail has issue a series of comic book-style stamps commemorating the Great Fire of London…
The BBC reports… The stamps are designed by comic book artist John Higgins, who has used a graphic novel style of illustration.

They feature scenes from the start, spread and aftermath of the Great Fire, using a street map design.

Higgins has contributed to titles such as Judge Dredd and 2000 AD.

Philip Parker, from Royal Mail, said: "Despite the terrible devastation caused by the Great Fire, it provided the opportunity for the regeneration of large swathes of the city and shaped the London we know today."

LONDON BUSES: An unusual last stop for a Routemaster bus…

A 1960s London bus is just the ticket after being transformed into a luxury B&B.
Susan Moiser, 53, and her husband Philip, 54, bought the vintage Routemaster bus for £5,000 and spent £100,000 refurbishing the double-decker into a glamorous suite.

The couple hired an interior designer to turn the vehicle into a sumptuous living space, complete with private garden and hot tub.

Full story in The Daily Mail:

In Brief

THEATRE: Moulin Rouge the Musical Coming Soon – What's On Stage

EXHIBITIONS: Pink Floyd at the V&A in 2017 – Reuters

The Best Recent Posts from The Daily Constitutional…


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.

Last day TOMORROW for Exhibitionism. It really has been a gas gas gas…


 Over to the boys in the band…

Here's how to find the Saatchi Gallery…


Walking & Footwear News

So it seems that would-be London bankers can't climb the greasy pole of wealth if they wear brown shoes

[Job interview] Candidates who wear brown shoes, "loud" ties or ill-fitting suits can fall foul of "opaque" codes of conduct, the Social Mobility Commission found.

Firms recruit for front office roles from a few elite universities and only hire those who "fit in", it said.

Chairman Alan Milburn said "arcane culture rules" were locking working-class candidates out of City jobs.

A spokesman for the British Bankers' Association (BBA) said: "The banking industry has made significant strides to improve social mobility at all levels but recognises that we cannot afford to be complacent on this crucial issue".

Where one can but a pair of these "significant strides" (I take it they do mean trousers) remains unclear.

Full story from the BBC:

But my favourite walking story of the week was this one:

A woman has rang 999 to ask for a lift home in an ambulance because a shopping trip had left her with sore feet in Stratford.

The call to the emergency number shocked 999 dispatcher Jo Bird who tweeted they were “#notataxiservice”.

Calling 999 the woman said: “Erm, sorry about this but I’ve been on my feet all day and now my feet are hurting me so much that I can’t walk. They’re burning.”

She told how she had even rung the police for help and added: “I’ve just got two miles to walk home and I’m not going to make it in this condition.”

Full story at

Seen in London

Yup, it's a flying pig…

Heard In London

London Walks guide Karen Pierce-Goulding features in the Visit London Podcast with Anthony Davis…

Karen holds forth on London, how she became a guide and working for the "most prestigious walking tour company in the land"

Listen here…

And finally…

Earlier this summer The Daily Mail rounded up the 10 best walking tours in Britain – and THREE of them are London Walks!

London Spy will return next week

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