The last day of 2004 saw a new venture for Lambeth Cyclists: architectural bike rides when a group set off on a cycle around London looking at the architect John Soane’s quirky work, starting in the sunshine at Dulwich Picture Gallery and ending in the dusk at Soane’s distinctive tomb in the atmospheric Old St Pancras churchyard.
More Architecture rides coming soon
We are planning further rides looking at the architecture of London and the surrounding area over the next few months. Later in January 2005 we are poised to go on the second in the series when we went hunting for Hawksmoor starting with the western towers of Westminster Abbey, taking in the baroque wonders of church architecture including Christchurch Spitalfields and the church with the most original exterior in the City, St Mary Woolnoth before finishing at Greenwich, looking at the Royal Naval Hospital.
The idea of the rides is to have some mutual self-education by using the bicycle to enrich our understanding of London’s fascinating fabric, and to have an interesting social day out on our bikes. It’s a kind of architectural book club on wheels.
None of us are experts but all of us have an interest. We aim to have a meeting a week or two before the ride to share any research we’ve done and agree what buildings we want to visit, and then devise a route. The rides are provisionally scheduled for the last week in the month and are always easy going cycles around London with lunch, tea and other refreshments stops along the way. All are welcome.
Join in the research or just turn up for the ride.
Suggest an architect or a theme.
Contact ride co-ordinators Janet Paske and Mark Knox at Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com. Details of the meetings and rides will be publicised on the website and in the Lambeth Cyclists email bulletin.