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Tweed Run’s Secret London Spots

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 20, 2013 in Secret London

Fresh from their 2013 annual tweed clad bike ride, we asked Tweed Run organisers Jacqui Shannon and Ted Young-Ing to give us their five secret London spots. Jude Brosnan

British Invisible Mending Service

As you might suspect we both own a fair amount of wool. Moths become a horrendous threat when most of your wardrobe is considered a tasty treat. We’ve had holes, but these people fix them and make them look pristine again.

Time For Tea

Originally a bank, and then a pawnbrokers, Time For Tea is a Shoreditch treasure. If you are lucky enough to happen by when it’s open, Johnny Vercoutre is an amazing host and it’s like stepping back in time. We love it when friends host dinners there. We think it is perfect for intimate gatherings.

Sargent and Co

Rob Sargent knows bikes. This quote from his website tells you everything you need to know: “There is scarcely anything in this world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those that study price alone are this man’s lawful prey. We deal only in steel”. How can you not love that?

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Over 700 antiques are on display in Sir John Soane’s own home, which itself is a testament to his love of beauty, his architectural ingenuity and his incredible imagination.

The Lea Valley Towpath to Cheshunt

This is our favourite chilled out ride. It is amazing, completely underutilized, our perfect ‘get away from London route’ and it’s mostly a nature reserve. We like the 11kms from Homerton’s Marsh Hill to Hooks Marsh and Cheshunt Lake. There are benches along the way if you need a break, toilets at Stonebridge and picnic tables at the Lock at Ponders End.

For more from Jacqui and Ted, see tweedrun.com

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