Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Gliding through the finishing line
A rare opportunity to let rip along London's roads without having to worry about cars and traffic lights, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a treat for any amateur cyclist. A very well-organised event, the ride starts at the Olympic Park, heads through the heart of London, into Richmond Park and past Hampton Court before climbing into the Surrey Hills.  The 100 mile route is supposed to take in Leith Hill and Box Hill. But, for the 2014 edition, torrential rain resulted in a diversion away from these climbs, reducing the course to 86 miles and less than 900 metres of climbing. In other words, this is a flattish, fast sportive and you might find yourself zipping along pretty quickly. When you head out of the Olympic Park on to the nippy A12, you'll find it weird, but exhilarating, to be cruising along such a wide road without a car in sight.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Flags of the Commonwealth, Horse Guards Parade, central London

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Sun Sculpture, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, central London

Made up of more than 1,500 hand-blown glass elements, American artist Dale Chihuly's Sun sculpture is 5.5 metres tall, weighs 2,000 kgs and is illuminated each night.  The Sun has also been on display in New York Botanical Gardens and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Urban Block Party, Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, central London

On the terrace outside of the Royal Festival Hall, Sip the Juice get the joint jumping

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, south London

Simple Minds, Kew the Music, Kew Gardens, west London

One of the venerable acts in the Kew the Music series of concerts, Simple Minds draws a mostly middle class, middle aged crowd. But don't let that put you off.  With the help of Pinot Grigio, Jim Kerr can rabble-rouse even the most self-conscious forty somethings and fifty somethings into action.  But, when you arrive, it can be disarmingly serene. You walk past Kew's magnificent and curvaceous Victorian Palm House and a row of refined stalls and hawkers selling picnic rugs, wine, gastronomy and various picnic condiments. You might even be offered free teabags. There is plenty of sustenance on sale, but most people are already equipped with food, wine, picnic rugs and even fold-up chairs. The well-heeled punters settle down in front of the full-scale concert stage (appropriately sponsored by John Lewis) overlooking a picturesque lawn surrounded by towering trees. To get a good spot near the dance area in front of the stage, you probably need to be queuing before the doors open at 6.30pm. But you may still be able to secure a few square metres of space under the trees as late as 7pm.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Temple of Agape, The Festival of Love, the Southbank, central London

The work of Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan, the Temple of Agape is made up of hundreds of  flag-like signs, hand-painted with words about love.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Snog on the Southbank, central London

Pink My Ride: Snog flogs frozen yoghurt on the Southbank