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Review: Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle in London – 28th July 2018

This weekend, cyclists take over the streets of London with the sixth edition of Prudential RideLondon which is considered the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Over the weekend of 28-29 July 2018, there will be a large number of events all over the capital.

Like the London Marathon, there is the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique. However, amateur cyclists can participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals or they can ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – a 46-mile sportive created specifically for newer and also younger cyclists.

The weekend started off more sedately with Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle which offers riders a wonderful opportunity to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.

The event showcases the capital as part of a festival of cycling with the route open from 09:00-16:00 and takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields and returns to the Victoria Embankment, taking in a section of the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3).

The eight-mile circuit passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering views of London.

More than 70,000 cyclists enjoyed the traffic-free roads of central London in 2017 and it is expected this year will see even more cyclists along the route.

If riders want to take a break from the cycling, there is plenty of entertainment at the Festival Zones in Southbank, Guildhall Yard, Leadenhall Market, St Paul’s Churchyard, Aldwych, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Green Park. At the zones there are a wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities throughout the day.

In Green Park, top stunt rider Andrei Burton and his world class team of male and female champions take on the world championship standard course which includes a series of replica iconic buildings as obstacles.

Interest in cycling has grown and grown in the last decade and the Prudential RideLondon is a great festival of cycling with a large number of events and attractions. Like the London Marathon there is something for everyone and is a wonderful day out for everyone especially families.

For more information , visit the Event website here

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Southbank Winter Festival until Sunday 11 January 2015

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The Winter Festival transforms the  Southbank Centre for the festive season. The new Southbank Christmas Market will have  its many stalls offering a variety of  festive food, handmade craft gifts and warming drinks.

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For a quiet drink there is the  Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, the Deck Bar and the Christmas Tree Cafe.

Alongside the market, get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze or jump aboard the Southbank Centre Express.  Inside the Royal Festival Hall and surroundings is  the ever popular Slava’s Snowshow, LA SOIRÉE’s unique take on the world of circus and burlesque and the always entertaining Fascinating Aïda.

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Throughout The Winter Festival, Hayward Gallery presents MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality.

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Between 11 November 2014, 10:00am – 4 January 2015,  Australian artist Amanda Parer  presents  a series of large  creatures within their Winter Festival habitat.

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Voicelab hosts free popup performances from choirs throughout The Winter Festival at Southbank Centre.

Hear choirs of all styles singing seasonal songs around Southbank Centre during December.

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Southbank Centre invites you to help knit blankets for older people at Christmas.
Following the great success last year, the Get Your Knit On! project is back.

Complete beginners and experienced knitters are welcome to learn to knit squares and how to sew them together to make blankets. You will need to bring your own wool and needles – ideally double knitting wool (DK) and 4mm needles.

The Get Your Knit On! project is in partnership with Age UK Lambeth who we are working with to distribute these blankets to vulnerable older people who need help keeping warm this winter.

Alternatively, come to our Knitting Lounge in the Foyer Spaces, Royal Festival Hall where people can meet and knit together (open daily from 6 December – 11 January).

Relaxed workshops where you can get advice and learn with others take place on
Wednesday 10 December, 3pm – 5pm
Saturday 13 December, 2pm – 4pm
Friday 19 December, 2pm -4pm
Thursday 8 January, 4pm – 6pm
6 December 2014, 10:00am – 11 January 2015, 22:00pm
Be creative with your gifts this winter and explore alternative ways of giving at Southbank Centre.

Visit our pop-up charity shop in Spirit Level where you can donate to a good cause and find hidden gems amongst an array of second-hand books, clothes, accessories, CDs and DVDs. You might even want to share your well loved items by gifting them to the shop!

From 6 December 2014 – 11 January 2015
Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

There will be a large range of events taking place at the Southbank Centre , to find out more visit the website here

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A Short Guide to the Southbank Centre

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The Southbank Centre

Location – Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

The Southbank Centre is one of the premier Art and Culture venues in London, it is located on the South Bank of the Thames. The centre consists of three main venues (the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery. It also has a number of smaller performance spaces such as the Purcell Room and Poetry Library.

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Bust of Nelson Mundella at Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre has its origins in the 1951 Festival of Britain which was built on this site, however a large number of buildings were only temporary, a notable exception being the Royal Festival Hall. Other buildings were added in the 1960s and 1970s until it was decided in the 1980s to rename the complex the Southbank Centre. The Centre is a favourite of many Londoners despite its concrete and rather grey exterior. Recent changes have included a wide range of restaurants and a number of outside exhibitions which has added to the attraction of the Southbank has a meeting place and social hub even if you are not attending one of the events in the centre. It is one of the most visited artistic venues in London with over three million visitors each year. It puts on over a thousand performances of Music, Dance and Literature annually and an amazingly wide range of performing arts. One of the more unusual aspects of the centre is the Skate park situated in the undercroft, although this has developed independently of the centre it has become a mecca for Skateboarders in London.

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For the visitor to London, the Southbank not only offers a wide range of attractions but is ideal to sit in the large foyers with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery closed on 21 September 2015 for two years of essential repair and maintenance.

During this time, Southbank Centre’s classical programme continues at Royal Festival Hall with chamber performances taking place at St John’s Smith Square

To find out about the wide range of events at the Southbank Centre visit their website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
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A Short Guide to the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Queen Elizabeth Hall

Location – Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is the second largest venue in the Southbank Centre complex, the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium has around 900 seats with the nearby Purcell Room has 360 seats.

The QEH was part of the Festival of Britain complex built in 1951 and hosts mainly Classical, Jazz and Avant-Garde Music and Dance performances.

The Purcell and Front Room in the QEH complex are popular for more small scale readings , talks and concerts.

The Hall features a great concrete frontage over the Thames along the side of the auditorium at roof level.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery closed on 21 September 2015 for two years of essential repair and maintenance.

During this time, Southbank Centre’s classical programme continues at Royal Festival Hall with chamber performances taking place at St John’s Smith Square

For the latest information about events, visit the Southbank Website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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