Enjoy a lazy day on the river or hop on and off at some of London’s most famous attractions. Pop into a market or café for lunch, and maybe try to clock up some of our 30 things to do via the DLR (many of which are accessible from the Thames).
Next in our series of scenic cycle rides is the lovely Wandle Trail in South West London.
We rode a 7 mile section of this route between Earlsfield and Hackbridge. There are train stations at each end so it’s easy to reach with your bike if you’re coming from somewhere else. The whole trail is 12 miles if you’re feeling energetic!
ExCeL is one of the many venues served by the DLR, and we have tickets to give away for a group of four people to visit its LEGO’s BRICKLIVE event next week (Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July).
BRICKLIVE is the UK’s biggest celebration of LEGO. Built by LEGO fans for LEGO fans, it’s an opportunity to see the world’s best LEGO builders in action, catch up with the very latest LEGO sets (and rare vintage sets) and, of course, play with millions of LEGO bricks.
This month, the DLR turns 30. Regarded as a novelty when it was first opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1987, the driverless light railway has had front seat views of the changing landscape in east London. Today, the area is a vibrant, thriving part of London packed with well-known attractions and hidden gems.
One of the great things about London is that art pops up in all kinds of places. To celebrate this, and to help you find some of the best bits, take a look at the Summer Art Map.
The map brings together over 40 public artworks from across the city, including 5 commissions from Art on the Underground – TfL’s contemporary arts programme. They’re all pretty great, but here are just a few of the highlights, and how to find them.
Next in our hand-picked cycling route series is the beautiful Colne Valley Park.
The eight mile, mostly car-free route is set in Colne Valley Park, a 27,500 acre area of peaceful, tranquil parks, green spaces and reservoirs between the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal. It’s a circular route starting at Uxbridge and with lots of open space is a great place to get back on your bike if you haven’t cycled for a while.
This is a guest post by Rachel Clark, Health Promotion Manager at World Cancer Research Fund UK.
In today’s workplace many of us are becoming more and more sedentary, often sitting for hours at a time. Unfortunately, this inactivity can have serious health implications. According to a Lancet report, physical inactivity is responsible for 17 per cent of premature deaths in the UK every year and shortens a person’s lifespan by three to five years. World Cancer Research Fund’s evidence has also found that being physically active can decrease the risk of a number of different cancers.