I spent Saturday in London with my lovelier half showing him the sights of East London near to where I used to live (Poplar). The best thing about actually living in London is that you find all the interesting and beautiful places that you just don’t find when you go to the City as a tourist. Below are some of my favourite places!
We cycled from London Bridge station to the pretty blue CS3 cycle route from Tower Gateway, then through to Canary Wharf where we jumped off our bikes to explore the London Docklands Museum . This museum is rather fascinating if you are the kind of person who enjoys the history of London! It has pirates, a model of the old London Bridge AND a great cafe for cake and tea. A great cheap day out.
Limehouse is such a pretty place; it has all the character of a small riverside village with the benefit of being pretty close to Central London. It has a little harbour that is full of boats. The warehouses that are converted into flats and best of all…. it is the mouth of London’s Regent Canal! This Canal, as the name suggests, leads North West directly from Limehouse all the way up to Regents Park; it is the most perfect cycle route!
We actually didn’t cycle the whole way along the canal but split off at the intersection with the Hereford Canal which took us down the side of the Victoria Park (such a pretty park!) and towards the Olympic stadium. You do get a very good view of the Olympic park from this side! Heading North from there we cycled up to Hackney Marshes (who knew that there is so much green in London!) and through to the hidden little nature reserve on what remains of a few old mills.
From there we headed back South on Cambridge Heath road to arrive at the V&A Museum of Childhood which is a great way to spend the afternoon dreaming about your childhood and remarking on the toys that you used to own. It also had good facilities for tea and cake and even some rocking horses to ride! Well worth a visit if you are in the area!
After having an amazing time on a horse our next destination was the old Shoreditch Underground station….. and hot tub cinema. The film was Disney The Lion King and the hot tub was 40 degrees… amazing evening! After that all that was left to do was jump on the train back to the sticks… aaaaaaaaand sleep..!