A reminder about our annual London ride!
We will meet outside Euston Station at the picnic tables outside Café Rouge / Café Nero (a slight change from our spot in previous years closer to Melton Street) at 10 a.m. on Saturday 12th August.
This is a return to our usual ride around London. Last year we rode to London but in previous years we did this:
- 2015 included Karl Marx’s Grave in Highgate Cemetery, an ascent of Swains Lane, a Northampton connection at the Emirates Stadium, Burgess Park, the Imperial War Museum, the Oval, Battersea Park, Brompton Cemetery and Hyde Park. Led by Ian M.
- 2014 included the Cross Bones Burial Ground, elevenses at The George Inn, a Banksy near the Alaska Factory, the Cutty Sark, the tunnel to the Isle of Dogs, the Bamboo Bicycle Club, Victoria Park, and Columbia Road Flower Market. Led by Alex & Miriam.
- 2013 took us around Regent’s Park, house façades with no houses behind them in Bayswater, over the Serpentine, across Hyde Park Corner, viewing graffiti under Waterloo Station, lunch on the South Bank, over Tower Bridge, the Cable Street Mural, alongside an ornamental canal, and Postman’s Park. Led by Iain D.
I hope that gives you a flavour of what you might expect. The route isn’t revealed until we actually ride! But there has been a request for a visit to the Olympic Park; may include an unusual Blue Plaque; and could well involve a ride along a Cycle Superhighway. Two of us will ride a recce of the route one week earlier to get a feel for the traffic flows on an August Saturday – and to be clear where we’re going!
The ride is open to everyone on any sort of bike.
I’m grateful to Alex for reminding me about planned engineering works on August weekends. Fortunately, Saturday 12th August is free of these and there are normal train services from Northampton to Euston (other Northamptonshire stations are available). There is no charge for taking full-size bikes on London Midland trains. You do *not* require a reservation. All of Saturday is off-peak and so there are no restrictions on bikes on any trains. (Wellingborough to St Pancras on East Midlands Trains are a different matter.)
From Northampton the 0825 and 0850 trains will get you to Euston before 1000. If you are thinking of buying the cheapest Advance Non-flexible tickets over the web for particular trains, presently on sale at £7.50 each way (£4.95 with railcard), experience suggests that you do not select your return leg train before 1800. Otherwise, an Off-Peak Return – which can be bought on the day and used on any train – is £27.80 (£18.35 with railcard). That will allow you to enjoy a pint in the Bree Louise at the end of the ride (with a price reduction if you have a Camra membership card with you).
Save the date – Saturday 12th August – for what is always an enjoyable day out!