Tillie and Coco are delighted to present a two-part special guest post from Kate and Nic. Kate lives in London and Nic in Auckland. They met at whilst studying for their bachelors in town planning, and both work in the profession on opposite sides of the globe – Kate in transport and Nic in urban design. Part One is Kate to Nic.
Kate rides an Electra Amsterdam. She says, “I chose it because I already have an Electra and really like the riding style. I’ve had the Electra townie in raspberry for 7 years and its starting to rattle a bit. I took the opportunity to upgrade to an even brighter, more lovely Electra. I don’t have a name for it yet as I’ve only had it a month and am not sure yet what its name is, I quite like its model name, Tulip, as it is such a pretty tulip yellow. I love the fact that people constantly want to talk to me because of it- it’s better than babies or puppies as a conversation starter! It’s very practical with the built-in lights, skirt guard and the luggage rack, which is a nice change to the Electra townie where I ended up loading so much on the handle bars that the bike dipped to the left a bit. And it’s a true cruiser, hard to get much speed up so it really gets me to relax and take things slowly.”
On Saturday the bf and I decided to make the most of the lovely weather, because lets face it we don’t get that much of it in London, and take the bikes out for a spin. We headed out from our place in Queens Park, and down the leafy streets of Maida Vale. We have a good route now where we can avoid a lot of the worst traffic, although the bf prefers to take the main roads when he’s not encumbered by me. I love the red brick mansions that line the streets near Little Venice, not far from where you used to live. Perhaps if we won lotto we could move in there! Seeing as the weather was so lovely we decided to take a detour and have a ride through Regents Park. It’s so pretty there at the moment with loads of lush blooms and the leaves just starting to turn.
By this time we were starting to get a bit hungry so decided to stop off at Kaffiene on Great Titchfield Street. There are a lot of kiwi accents in there so I presume there is some kind of Antipodean link. We had ourselves some gorgeous flat whites, which we are starting to find more and more of as the Australian and New Zealand cafes infiltrate London. When I first moved here, eight years ago (gasp!), good flat whites were fairly thin on the ground. We shared a delicious fig and goat cheese salad and a quiche. I say shared, but really I spent so long faffing with the camera that he managed to get a bit of a head start. I made sure I snapped a picture of Kaffiene for you as I left. So cute seeing people perched outside sipping their coffees. I had to stop on Argyll Street so took a picture of the mighty Liberty Department store, only my favourite department store in London.
We rode through Soho, dodging crazy pedestrians, and stopped on Archer Street to shelter from a rain storm. Well, it also happened to be a convenient place to get a gelato from Gelupo so it wasn’t quite a ‘chance’ stop. The bf had a very tasty clementine sorbet, whilst I splurged on ricotta, chocolate and black pepper which was a surprisingly good combination. On the way home we stopped at Waitrose for some dinner provisions. I got a postmodern London shot for you, cannily incorporating a London bus and a London taxi. It was a fab day of cycling and eating, with a well earnt rest on the sofa at the end. I hope you’ve had some lovely rides recently.