Explore art all over town with the Summer Art Map

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.

Photograph by Thierry Bal

Short and scenic rides – Colne Valley Park

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.

TFL staff Walk the Line for health

This is a guest post by Rachel Clark, Health Promotion Manager at World Cancer Research Fund UK.

World Cancer Research Fund UK set TfL staff a challenge to walk the equivalent of the Central Line.

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.

Art Night takes over east London from dusk till dawn

On July 1 Art Night, a free contemporary arts festival, takes over east London from dusk till dawn.

Art Night invites you to explore the culture and identity of the East End through a mix of dance, live music, installations, sculpture, meditation, workshops and tours. Experience the weird and wonderful, one-night-only, commissions by internationally renowned and local artists. And it’s all within walking distance of many Night Tube stations.

The Women’s Tour visits London for the first time

On Sunday June 11th London hosted Stage 5 of the Women’s Tour, as the UK’s leading women’s cycling race visited the capital for the first time. The route started and finished at Regent Street St James and took in some famous sights along the way, as the riders passed through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. This post shows some of the day’s highlights. 

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Photo Highlights

London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman joins 9-year old Tom, winner of the Design a Flag Competition, to get the race underway!

London sightseeing – we join City Cruises on the Thames

On Saturday June 3rd, we helped organise a fantastic river meet-up with Instagrammers London – a group of photographers who arrange hugely popular photo meet-ups, with our boat for the morning kindly provided by City Cruises. The trip highlighted the amazing photo opportunities available onboard City Cruises’ services, and with summer finally here, why not take a look at their website for details of all the sightseeing cruises they have to offer. 

Here is a summary of the trip the Instagrammers took, and a flavour of some of the amazing sights you can expect to see on a Thames river cruise:

Our City Cruises boat arrives at Westminster Pier bright and early.

Short and scenic cycle rides – Dulwich Park, South London

This summer, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and try out our hand-picked cycling routes featuring some of the most beautiful parts of London.

Our first ride is just under 3 miles and takes in the stunning Dulwich Park, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village and Christ’s Chapel.