Ride Leader: Steve
Ride Rating: Medium
Ride into central London to see the best of the year’s Christmas lights. Confidence riding in traffic required. Bike lights essential, fairy lights optional!
We will be riding in 2 separate socially distanced groups of 6. Booking is essential.
Christmas Lights Ride
Ride into the West End to visit some of the best seasonal lights.
Riders need to be confident in traffic as some of the roads may be busy.
Sadly, we have had to cancel this ride.
In previous years, other LCC groups have run similar rides and although there is nothing listed as yet, it is worth checking in case anything is added – https://lcc.org.uk/events
13 miles into & through Central London to view the best of the year’s Christmas Lights. Riders must be able to handle busy traffic & the multitudes of Christmas Shoppers!
Photo credit: Robin Stephenson (2016 ride)
On the evening of Monday 7th December, Newham Cyclists toured the extravagant lighting displays of London’s West End. We met by the steps at St Pauls Cathedral before following a route that took in all the major shopping streets and some iconic London venues such as Trafalgar Square and Somerset House.
Bill joined us on Bond Street outside Burberry’s, had he been Christmas shopping? It was not clear, as he wasn’t saying. The route deviated from the plan and we took Regent Street instead of Piccadilly down to Piccadilly Circus. A minor route planning mistake by the ride leader caused a little confusion, but once regrouped we headed for the bright lights of Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square
The famous Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square looked as if it had been exposed to strong winds as it seemed to have a natural tilt, and the horse skeleton with the stock market data stream on the fourth plinth required some interpretation. Carnaby Street lights were impressively gaudy and Covent Garden had an excellent tree, as did Somerset House.
There were some challenges as the roads were busy and there were lots of pedestrians, however the evening temperature was mild and and dry and there was no wind. We returned via Winterville in Victoria Park, but the bike parking was woefully inadequate so we did not go in and diverted to the People’s Pub on Victoria Park Road for deserved and festive refreshment.
More pictures, courtesy of Robin here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsstephenson/albums/72157662020002231