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Lady Vélo chooses her five secret London spots

Posted at 10:15 am, June 1, 2014 in Secret London, Top 5

Lady Velo ©Ian James

You all know Jools Walker aka Lady Vélo, don’t you? She started her blog Velo-City-Girl in March 2010 after purchasing her Pashley Princess and her life has been a bike blogging adventure ever since. Her blog is the go-to place for cycle style tips and reviews. Jools is also operations manager for Vulpine cycling apparel and a guest presenter on ITV4’s ‘The Cycling Show’. In other words, she’s a busy bee on a bike. An east London girl through and through, she also knows some good spots around town. Jude Brosnan

Sager & Wilde

Sagar & Wilde

‘Me and my boy love discovering new wines so it’s a stroke of good luck that Sager & Wilde is almost on our doorstep. They have an amazing wine list which changes every day, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to chat to you about the wines and their stories. They also have an ace selection of bar snacks. This is one of those places where a quick drink can easily turn into a very leisurely afternoon lunch. If you get anything from the cocktail menu, it HAS to be The Sherry Old Fashioned.’

Postcard Teas 

Postcard Teas

‘I love a good cup of tea, and this shop is like the ultimate tea caddy. With its selection of some of the finest leaves from the world’s best estates, Tim d’Offay and his team have a real passion for teas, which is wonderful. You can try before you buy, and they hold tea schools on Saturdays.’

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel London

‘Ace has become a second HQ for VCG editing and blogging and I can get here easily by bike from home. I’ve yet to stay in one of the rooms, but the lobby of Ace has a fantastic long communal table and wifi, which makes it an excellent working space. With Bulldog Edition for coffee, Hoi Polloi for cocktails and meals (brought to the table), it has everything I need to keep me going on a long writing session.’

Barbican Cinema

Barbican Cinema 

‘I’m not a huge fan of big multiplex cinemas, and the Barbican is certainly at the other end of this spectrum. Probably not much of a secret, but it offers a diverse selection of films, festivals and screen talks. The surroundings are lovely and the cinema seats are the most comfy I’ve ever sat on.’

Tokyobike

Tokyobike ©Jools Walker 

‘This is one of London’s most beautiful independent bike shops. It is always a pleasure to visit. Selling their own brand of stunning bikes for city riding, along with stylish accessories for life on and off the bike. I can spend hours here looking at bicycles.’

For more from Lady Vélo, have a read of velo-city-girl.blogspot.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @LadyVelo and Facebook facebook.com/LadyVelo.

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