Monday, 23 June 2014

Dickens and Shakespeare in Southwark - Sat 28 June 2014

Join me on a free, leisurely five-mile ride around the Thames area of Southwark, exploring the links with Shakespeare, Dickens, Keats and Chaucer.

In Jacob’s Island, the warehouses are roofless and empty; the walls are crumbling down; the windows are windows no more; the doors are failing into the streets; the chimneys are blackened, but they yield no smoke. Thirty or forty years ago, before losses and chancery suits came upon it, it was a thriving place; but now it is a desolate island indeed. The houses have no owners; they are broken open, and entered upon by those who have the courage; and there they live, and there they die. They must have powerful motives for a secret residence, or be reduced to a desitute condition indeed, who seek a refuge in Jacob’s Island.”

The free two-hour ride is part of the Bermondsey Carnival and will set off from (and return to) Southwark Park at noon, and again at 3pm, from the Cycle Parking next to the Park (cycles cannot be taken into the Carnival). Book at or just turn up on the day.

Catch glimpses of Shakespeare's world

Discover sites that featured in Dickens' novels

and places Dickens passed

 see where Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims set off from

and take a selfie sitting alongside the poet Keats in the shadow of the Shard

 This is a Cycle Confident ride for Southwark Council

Sunday, 22 June 2014

FREE London Festival of Architecture London Villages ride - Sun 22 June 2014

London Villages: Clapham and Stockwell

14:00 - 17:00 | 22 June 2014

Meeting Point: Clapham Common Bandstand , Near Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE

This gentle 8-mile ride features recent place-making developments: Van Gogh Walk (Winner - Design Excellence - Placemaking awards 2013), Venn Street (Highly Commended, Excellence in Walking & Public Realm, London Transport Awards 2012) and the Edible Bus Stop as well as the brand new 'The Pavement' Clapham Old Town. Buildings include the new Clapham Library, looking like a row of books, by Studio Egret West and the Grade II concrete modernist Stockwell Bus Garage designed by Adie, Button & Partners (1952), plus deep level air raid shelters and the home of Sir Charles Barry.

To book a free place on the ride email with LFA Ride in the header and the names of participants in the message. Numbers are limited and you will receive an email letting you know if you have a place. Bikes are not provided so you will need to bring your own. Should you or any of your party need to drop out subsequently please let me know so I can offer the place to another person.

Sponsored by Lambeth Council