Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Monday, 15 February 2016
Chel-Ski is a new dry slope that offers skiing and snowboarding training just ten-minute walk from Fulham Broadway Station. Don't expect to be bundled up in salopettes as your hurtle into artificial snow drifts, because your session takes place on a giant astroturf treadmill. Getting used to skiing on the spot is a challenge, but once you are up and gliding smoothly it's the ideal setting in which to gain confidence and perfect your technique.Sessions at Chel-Ski are always with an instructor and as much for beginners as improvers - it must be far less scary to learn to snow plough on a bit of carpet than on an icy slope.
Despite the apres-ski themed cafe, this is no substitute for the real thing but, for what is essentially a combination of a lesson and a workout, it's great fun.
As is seeing how confused people get when you tell them you went skiing on Monday morning!
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Celebrate at the fabulously romantic Clos Maggiore for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in London.
The famous ‘Bob Bob Ricard’ of Soho serves a luxury British and Russian menu and is well worth a visit. Feel free to use the ‘Press for Champagne’ button as many times as you like.
Dining in the dark will open a new world of possibilities at Dans le Noir.
Fancy afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day? Why not try one of these lovely venues.
Alternative ideas for those of you who are very active
Try the ping pong at tables ‘Bounce’ or something completely different at the indoor rock climbing venue, The Castle Climbing Centre. An expedition across the roof of the O2 sounds like a challenge but could be surprisingly wonderful.
Views of the city
The view of the London skyline from the Shard is truly a breathtaking experience.
An unforgettable Champagne Experience at the London Eye will have you spinning in your own private capsule.
And lastly, one naughty little secret is the Coco de Mer. Pssst!
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
London on Christmas Day
Public Transport Services over Christmas
Public transport is limited over the Christmas period, so make sure you plan your journey in advance. There is no public transport running on Christmas Day. Make sure you can get home safely on Christmas Eve as there are no night buses and public transport starts to wind down from early evening.
Staying Safe Over Christmas and NY
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
Wheely good days out
1. Route - Bermondsey to Angel (paradise for foodies)
Start out at Maltby Street Market
Pick up some breakfast or brunch along the Ropewalk. There is an option for every appetite but we would particularly recommend the excellent doughnuts from St John.
Head for The Gherkin
From the Tanner Street docking station cycle over London Bridge, past the Monument and into the City to take a selfie with London's favourite food-shaped building.
Next on to Whitechapel
Drop off your wheels at Fashion Street and walk north up Brick Lane, enjoying the delicious smells from its famous curry houses.
You are heading for Elys Yard
Grab some street food from the gaggle of vendors there. Mother Clucker's fried chicken is just the delicious protein hit you will be craving. Then on to Brick Lane Market docking station.
Pedal over to Angel
Your final stop is Islington Green, where you can take your pick from the many cafes and restaurants on Upper Street. The tempting cake selection at Ottolenghi will be hard to resist.
2. Route - Hyde Park Corner to Chelsea (culture for vultures)
Pick up a bike at Hyde Park Corner
Make for the Serpentine Gallery to check out the 2015 Pavilion and Duane Hanson's disconcertingly realistic sculptures.
Next, to the Natural History Museum
Dock at South Kensington tube to experience the museum's virtual-reality tour 'First Life', which takes you back 500 million years. Lovely David Attenborough provides the intro.
Nip into the Saatchi Gallery
Do not miss the extraordinary permanent installation by Richard Wilson, or Ethiopian artist Ephrem Solomon's works combining newsprint and woodcuts (until 6th of Sept).
Wind up at Chelsea Physic Garden
Dock your bike at Royal Avenue, SW3. Protective brick walls mean the ancient botanical garden has its own micro-climate and the Tangerine Dream Cafe is a serene spot for tea.
Monday, 20 July 2015
The Beach at Brent Cross Shopping Centre
100 hundred palm trees and 250 tonnes of golden sand have landed in Brent Cross (North London). What can you expect? Teacup rides with a rollercoaster and one of the last remaining traditional helter- skelters. Enjoy the fish and chips together with many summery drinks on offer and chill out in giant deckchairs next to a paddling area. Great idea after day of shopping!
What you need to know: start from 10thof July – 2nd of September (12pm until 10pm), Tube Station – Brent Cross then 210 bus, Entry £3
Beach East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
With 2,200 sq metres of sand to tempt weary workers to unwind with sandcastle building and balmy evening walks. A gigantic paddling pool and fairground rides will entertain the kids, and Pub Tropicana and Coconut Joe’s bar will keep adults suitable refreshed. Bring me sunshine...
What you need to know: start from 11th of July – 31st of August (10am until 10pm), Tube Station – Stratford, Free Entry
The Beach at JW3 in Jewish Community Centre
You will find all the best bits of summer including deckchairs, paddling pools, barbecues and plenty of sand. There is fun for all ages and free entry, although some events are charged and ticketed.
What you need to know: start from 5th of July – 31st of August, Tube Station – Finchley Road, Free Entry