Saturday, 1 February 2014

London Spy: News & Links From The Week Gone By

Five Stories.

Five Headlines.

Five Minutes.

In the London News This Week…



FARMING: Crop Growing London-Style – BBC



LITERARY: Sometime Londoner Burroughs Gets New Biog – The Independent






DRINKING: London Coffee Shops – Time Out






Best of the London Blogs This Week


London Theatre takes centre stage this month on The Daily Constitutional, so here are our favourite London Theatre blogs…



Easily the finest of all theatre blogs has to be actor Nick Day’s Royal Shakespeare Company blog.

Not least because he’s our fine London Walks colleague and he promised to give us £4.50 for cutting and pasting the above line from an email written by his own fair hand. (No, Nick, we won’t take a cheque.)


Joking apart, what lifts Nick’s blog is his clear passion for writing it. No different, then, from his walking tours. 

His blog offers insights into the process of theatre that are revelatory to we civilians. You can read it here: www.rsc.org.uk/explore/blogs


(And here’s Nick in full-spate leading the Greenwich Walk: www.youtube.com)






Theatre critic Mark Shenton keeps us up-to-date on a daily basis with his blog for The Stage, the newspaper of the theatre profession. His beat ranges from first nights (he pretty much gets to them all) to news and debate. Great piece the other day on what happens when first night disaster strikes. He also blogged most vividly about his own ludicrous firing from the Sunday Express! Shenton’s View can be read here: www.thestage.co.uk



Lyn Gardner has been with The Guardian ever since legendary London mag City Lights folded, and her Theatre Blog for that newspaper’s website is required reading. Great writing, vivid insights, and regularly goes “off the beaten track” to keep us informed. Here it is: www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog









A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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 www.walks.com.

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