The Royal Oak pub in Columbia Road.
The dining room offers a fine menu with very well presented dishes.
The Grocery Shop – Local, organic and fairtrade food
Wimbledon Common is not for sure one of the most famous parks in London, it is not too far from the most famous Tennis Club of the world, though and If you are looking for a place to quiet by yourself, in absolute silence and where the only “noises” come from the flowing water and from some wild animal, then this is the right place. Gigantic trees create paths viable by bicycle or on horseback. It is just you and the nature. And your bike obviously. In addition among Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park a tourist attraction: the windmill with his own museum.
By Filippo B.
Just fifteen minutes by bike from Oxford Circus in London you can find yourself in front of a proper farm with pigs, donkeys and goats. The farm established in 1984 has become a multidisciplinary centre for locals and not only. The vegetables of the gardens are used for suppers at Frizzante, the inner “agriturismo” runned like the italian tradition with organic foods from farms around London and Kent. We can find also a shop selling foods gifts and t-shirts and a bike repair. The events held in the place are all of different kind:from pottery classes to summer cycle-in cinema where viewers feed the projection with the pedal power. Schools are welcomed to visit and there is also a yoga project for refugees and asylum-seeking women.
For understanding how London is going mental about bicycle you need to pop in event like this. A launch party of a bike shop is transformed in a unmissing event for fashion victims and trends addicted. This it happens because Tokyo Bike is not a just a shop retail. The bike brand was born in 2002 in Japan and the aim is offer and design bicycle suitable for the cities (in the begin was Tokio and this is why is called “Tokyo Bike”). So we have light and clean aesthetic in a very Japanese way, attention to details and the function. The company was already active in UK, has organized the party in partnership with Dezeen, that brought his dj with Dezeen music project. In the shop there was the exhibition of six customized bikes from six creative artists and during the evening a 520 £ worth bike was gifted as a prize for the business cards competition. The shop will provide a workshop service for repairs and customizations, also selling their own bikes and selected accessories.
87-89 Tabernacle Street
London, EC2 4BA
Filippo and photos by Anna