On yer bike!
Condor Cycles on Grays Inn Road turns 70 this year, and in that time it’s ridden the crest of many a cycling boom and picked up more knowhow about pedalling around our great city than we’ve had hot dinners.
As such, when we enquired about concocting a map for the perfect Clerkenwell-to-Clerkenwell afternoon bike ride, they got in touch within minutes detailing a wonderful bespoke route.
STAGE ONE: CONDOR CYCLES
Start your journey at one of Clerkenwell’s oldest and finest establishments. You can buy any supplies you might need here, including an actual bike.
STAGE TWO: KING’S CROSS
Head towards London’s fashionable King’s Cross, before turning WEST (aka LEFT) and using the bike lanes to whisk you away to Regent’s Park.
STAGE THREE: REGENT’S PARK
Start with a leisurely lap of the outer circle, where you’ll spot the shiny golden dome of the London Central Mosque, then dart (or glide) into the inner circle for views of the lovely boating lake.
STAGE FOUR: REGENT’S CANAL PATH
Exit the park at London Zoo, which is well signposted. Swerve any escaped lions or pedal as fast as you can away from any chasing leopards, then dip down onto the Regent’s Canal Path.
STAGE FIVE: CAMDEN LOCK
Follow the path all the way to sunny Islington, but be sure to dismount your steed at Camden Lock. You’ll need to walk it across.
STAGE SIX: LOOK MUM NO HANDS
The path stops at Islington, so from there head towards Old Street, and eventually finish at the wonderful cycle-caff Look Mum No Hands, where you can enjoy a sophisticated cup of coffee and a massive snack.