This week, we’ve got London cycling guru Andreas joining us for London Grilling.
Well-travelled and revered throughout the biking community (he’s been mentioned in The Guardian and on BBC News London for starters), we’ve asked Andreas to give us his best London tips. Unsurprisingly, Andreas’ tips tend to lean towards life on his trusty bike, but whether you’re a ‘two wheels good’ or ‘two wheels bad’ person, you’re sure to pick up an idea or two.
Over to Andreas…
1. What’s your secret London tip?
Don’t take the Underground! You can avoid spending rush hour squashed like a sardine by choosing to go by bike. Don’t let everyone put you off cycling before you’ve tried it for yourself. Most people can’t go back afterwards.
2. What’s your secret London place?
The Horse Hospital – A favourite place for slightly out there exhibitions and as a good place to have a drink with a friend. I need to visit more often.
3. What’s your biggest gripe about London?
As much as I love London, I do wish sometimes things could be a little cheaper. For once I’d like to walk up to a bar, buy a round of drinks for my friends and then have some change in my pocket!
4. What advice would you give someone moving to London?
For someone new to London I’d really recommend getting a bike along with two bike locks. You can see and experience so much more of London on two wheels. It really opens up the city. If you think “but cycling is too dangerous” then just Google ‘cycle training UK’ and find a course near you. They’ll teach you five or six key tactics that will make an unbelievable difference to how safe you feel on the road. It’s something I recommend to all new cyclists.
5. What would you choose to do in London if you had more space and time?
I’m always hearing about interesting events and exhibitions. I’d love to have more time to attend and to meet new people. I used to regularly attend the London Bloggers Meetup. I’ve made a couple of really good friends from there and I’d recommend it for anyone.
Our thanks go to Andreas for a great Grilling and if you’re interested in hearing more, why not head over to his site.
See you next Friday, when the Grilling will continue with another of our London friends.