When stuck for things to do in London it’s a safe bet to head down to Southbank, you’ll always find something.
I met up with a friend and we checked out the new Tanks at the Tate, had some fun with the light installations, then had a super burger at the pub Founders Arms next door. And by the London Eye we found a Mushroom Beer Garden at the London Wonderground! How good is that.
A sad walk along Southbank after getting my brother’s wallet stolen, we drank a beer and then ran into the people gathering for Critical Mass. I had totally forgot about but a friend talked us into hiring a couple of Boris Bikes and joining in, so we did. And what fun it is to cycle together! Skateboards, cycles, happy faces, music….
I should’ve realised something was wrong though when the police stopped us from crossing any bridges over to the north side of Thames, but more than anything it just made me annoyed. Why couldn’t we cycle freely? We eventually reached a tunnel and crossed the river through that, then made our way further east and to Stratford.
Also now I thought we better turn back, meters running on the bikes and it was getting dark. But the police got to us first, ran into us and started arresting anyone they could grab. I managed to get away but my brother was not as lucky and was put in handcuffs. His first time in London and he was flying back to Sweden the next day, and I was totally freaking out. I pleaded with the police to let him go and I just couldn’t understand what we were being charged for. So they cuffed me as well and I was still worrying the most about the ticking meters.
They arrested 150 cyclists yesterday and with all the prisons full it took us 5 hours in a police bus just to finally reach a prison with free cells. After DNA tests, fingerprints, questioning, we were finally released after 9 hours. Early this morning we could finally dock the bikes (that’s one hefty charge of £100) and head home. Although we were granted bail and have to be back at the police station in September. There goes my planned trip to Israel for a friends wedding…
Apparently it was illegal to cycle north of the river yesterday, I just wish we’d known. So we will always remember the 2012 Olympics as the day we got our wallet stolen and then got arrested for riding a couple of Boris Bikes.
Last few days spent with my brother who’s in London for the first time!
Woke up in an attic this morning. I love the English houses from this height, when you can see the gardens and the chimneys.
Met up with my ex-colleagues last night and we did the usual round around Soho. Crazy.
For all you London cyclists out there – be aware of taking the fast route down the Olympic game lanes this summer. We are not allowed to be there and if you get caught you’ll get a £130 fine. If you can’t pay this they will impound your bike. Or, just make sure you’re riding a Boris bike…
This month’s Critical Mass will fall on the same day as the Opening ceremony.
So come along with your bike/skateboard/rollerskates next Friday – meeting’s at 6.30pm under the Waterloo Bridge.
The wizard Logan Hicks has a solo show opening at Larzarides gallery The Outsiders on the 20th of July. The king of stencils has been working on some amazing new work and is coupling that with showing off some his photographs as he’s also a keen photographer.
Amazing London photographs by Jocelyn Bain Hogg.
Good news of the day: a bouncy castle in the shape of Stonehenge is coming to London this weekend!
Oh the disappointment I felt when I as a kid was told for the first time I was too old to jump in the bouncy castles… Now we get a megabig one which is open for all ages!
Between the 21st of July and 12th of August this castle will travel through different London parks and it’s totally free too. Stonehenge On Tour
The latest guy to be jailed on the London graffiti scene, ZERX.
My heart breaks a little every time they catch one.
Their dangerous weapon? Paint.