Saturday, 27 December 2014

London Spy – The London Walks Saturday Review 27:12:14



It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London this week, click the links for the full stories…


MUSIC: Queen To Usher In New Year - Music Times


SOCIETY: London –World's Divorce Capital? – Santa Fe New Mexican


ARCHITECTURE: Tate Modern…In Gingerbread – ArchDaily.com


RESTAURANTS: The Goring, SW1 – The Guardian






MUSEUMS: Will Movie Fans Flock To BM? – Daily Telegraph




ARCHITECTURE: Designing The Serpentine Pavilion – Financial Times


LIBRARIES: The Future Of Britain's Libraries – The Guardian





If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…



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.


D.C Editor Adam writes… I once had the great privilege of interviewing Jack Doroshow, star of the late 60s underground documentary The Queen. The film centres around a drag queen beauty pageant in New York City and is a landmark movie in gay culture with candid backstage footage in which the contestants hold forth on everything from matters of sexual identity to being drafted to fight in Vietnam.

Mr Doroshow told me that one day he'd like to retire to England where, he believed, people were much more relaxed in their attitudes towards cross dressing. I always think of him at this time of year when we flock to the theatres for the annual pantomime.

Clive Rowe is currently giving his Mother Goose at the Hackney Empire…



…in a panto that has become something of a London institution. Away from Hackney the capital teems with pantos north, south, east and west. The most comprehensive list of London pantomime and family shows can be found at the Official London Theatre website and Time Out also has a round-up of the best that London has to offer.



Seen In London This Week…

Delighted to see Intoxica Records has returned…



Late of the parish of Notting Hill, Intoxica has re-opened in the back room of David Drummond's showbiz book shop Pleasures of Past Times in Cecil Court WC2. Welcome back!

A casual enquiry of the friendly chaps who now run Pleasures of Past Times as to the whereabouts of Mr Drummond himself yields up the good news that he is still up on his hind legs! Now retired, he was the most splendidly irascible shopkeeper in London, often shoo-ing browsers (your correspondent included!) out of the door so that he could close up for lunch.

Here's a map to Cecil Court…







Heard In London…

The Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 this week (starts Monday) is The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark. Read by Emelia Fox it's a must-hear for all our Kensington London Walkers




And don't forget to catch up with our own London Walks Podcast



This Week On Facebook – "A True Gem Of A Tour"

Thanks to My Passport In My Pocket for joining us on the Lure of the Underground walk…



… which she describes as "a true gem of a tour". Thanks! For more on The Lure of The Underground visit www.walks.com.



Happy New Year No.1. Second Last Word to Boris…

On our New Year's Eve London Walks, and in the run-up to the big night, we London Walks guides are often asked about the fireworks display – vantage points, access, and so forth. This year, the event is ticketed and all the tickets are now sold. Without a ticket you will not be able to attend and the Mayor strongly advises not to buy tickets from resale outlets, touts or scalpers.

Our own New Year's Eve programme consists of Ghosts Gaslight & Guinness at 7:30pm from Holborn tube, Jack the Ripper Haunts at 7:30pm from Tower Hill tube and the Auld Lang Syne on The Thames pub walk at 7:00pm from Blackfriars tube. Full schedule at www.walks.com.



Happy New Year No.2. Last Word to Robert Burns…

Here's D.C Editor and London Walks guide Adam pictured a couple of years ago by the Burns statue in London's Embankment Gardens…



… and here he is this summer by the Burns statue in Dunedin, New Zealand declaiming My Heart Is In The Highlands (even on holiday he can't stop shouting in the street!)…



… and here he is again on the London Walks website reciting Robert Burns's Auld Lang Syne (CLICK HERE!). Happy New Year!








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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