UPDATED October 5, 2014

BY Shanny Hill

IN Company, Events


UPDATED October 5, 2014

BY Shanny Hill

IN Company, Events


A Cyclist’s 48 Hours in London

I am in London to show the film about our Cairo to Cape Town cycling expedition. While I was here, I thought I would also get a feel for cycling in the city.

A few hours after arriving, I hopped on a ‘Boris Bike’ – the London city cycle share program – and pedaled to Mare Street where we would be showing the film. I was impressed with the number of cyclists on the street all all types of bikes and riding style (and fashions) from kitted out racers, fixed geared riders snaking through traffic, to upright cruisers on their way from shopping.

film screening

The film was hosted at probably the most ideal location we could have asked for – Look Mum No Hands – in the east end is a cycling themed cafe. They regularly have live viewings of the big European Pro tours and cycling-related films such as ours. The sounds of clanking beer glasses, cappuccinos being frothed, and lively chatter filled the space. They have a menu and so its a great place for a post-ride beer, or for a casual evening out. For our screening, we had a great crowd of over 70 people who came to find out what the film is all about and to get a grasp of what the Tour d’Afrique is. We had several of our former riders in attendance and I can’t thank them enough for helping me to answer questions after the film, and for their enthusiasm with which they described their experience on our tours. Thank you Naomi, John, Lizzy, and Ali (TDA 2013), Ross (TDA 2013), Denise (India 2014), Bob (SR 2012), Mick (OE 2013), Clive (India 2011). Great to see you all again, and I sure we’ll cross paths again someday.

with the Shard in background

The next day I met up with Matthew who runs Cycle Tours of London  – sightseeing tours of the city, by bicycle. He took me on his East London tour – we crossed the Tower Bridge, pedaled to Borough Market, and down Brick Lane with ‘The Shard’ stabbing the sky in the distance. Matthew weaved us along side streets and back alleys and we avoided most of London’s weekend traffic – but I do think London suffers from a bike lane deficiency just as my own city Toronto does. Maybe this will eventually solve some of their issues. After that I capped off my day with some local craft beer and dinner at another Look Mum No Hands location on Old Street – where they also have a repair shop during the daytime hours. Thank you to Matt and Alex and all the Look Mum No Hands staff who offered their space and help us promote the event. Thanks to Matthew for a great cycle tour of the city – highly recommended.


5 Comments for "A Cyclist’s 48 Hours in London"

Hi Shanny,

Thank you for the great movie night in London. Your Q&A was handled very warmly professionally. I had to restrain myself from competing for the books! If the movie is available somehow I would like to show it to Andreas’ friends here in Victoria sometime. I have the feeling he will be on and off the road for some time.
Nice to meet you.
Best regards,

    Hi Marc, email your address to [email protected] and we will send you a copy.

Loved the film and the evening at Look Mum. I am a transplanted Canadian, but had never heard of the TDA. I’m not sure I have it in me to do one of your tours, but I’m sorely tempted. I’m also wondering if the book is available to buy in London.

Thanks and all the best for future tours and adventures!


    Hi Arlene, The book is not available in London but you can order it from our website – https://tdaglobalcycling.com/book/

    Hi Arlene……

    It is now September 2021, , but I just found this article and you after searching for many years!! Hope this message reaches you and we can reconnect!!
    ❤️ Holly & Rob Herron

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