Christmas Lights Ride 2015!
Last Monday, Newham Cyclists guided a Christmas Lights Ride of London that toured the gorgeous displays of festive illuminations and made everyone feel all ready for their Brussel sprouts!
Starting at the steps of St Pauls Cathedral, the group followed a route that took in all the extravagant shop windows and fronts, iconic London venues such as Trafalgar Square and Somerset House and finally a trip to the pub, of course.
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, and ended the evening in the People’s Pub on Victoria Park Road for well-deserved and festive refreshments!