Festival time

Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are

So it’s all kicking off with stuff going on in London. The City of London festival is in full swing and, last week, was the children’s parade. The theme was books (I think) as I saw some great papier maché “Where the Wild Things Are” characters, and a huge “Hungry Caterpillar”. I caught it on my lunchtime jaunt to One New Change. Great costumes, great music (even a little mini-samba band) and good vibes for all.

Mini carnival types

Mini carnival types

Circus man

Circus man – I think

There’s still plenty of free stuff to enjoy too. Remember the pianos dotted about the other year that anyone could play? Well, this year it’s guitars in little upturned rowing boats. The promo pics look ace and on this page there’s also a handy map for you to find the hidden instruments.

PS. Don’t forget the Tour de France comes through town on Monday. It’s going to be BIG! W

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Getting oot and aboot

Isn't it beautiful?

Isn’t it beautiful?

“Oh that W is always on about bikes”

“Cycling, cycling?..Oh for ‘eaven’s sake”

I know. I know…but on a lovely day, there really is no better way to see the city. And yesterday, feeling like it might be the last time I’d be able to feel the warmth of the sunshine, I thought I’d see if it was possible to get from St. Paul’s to Battersea Park in a lunchtime. You know what? It only blummin’ was. Down to Embankment and over Westminster Bridge, and I was in the park and cycling about within 20 minutes. A quick whizz round the lake and I was back in time to eat my apple as well.

Check it out…I’ve never been to Battersea Park before and had no idea there was a pagoda thingie there. Love it.

A buddha in suburbia

A buddha in suburbia

And what’s not to like about green spaces and lovely views of the river.

I like the boats

I like the boats

You can see the city from 'ere

You can see the city from ‘ere

And I even had time to snap someone getting ready to film outside the HP building.

Bit of filming going on

Bit of filming going on

So my advice is check the weather, and if the rain’s staying off – get out. You can see a lot more than you think.

W