My latest coffee review is for one of the great cycling institutions of London. Look Mum No Hands was opened in 2010 by cyclists Lewin Chalkley, Matt Harper and Sam Humpheson and quickly gained a reputation as a venue for cyclists to grab a coffee, non-cyclists to meet, a venue for events and a place to watch major bike races. The café also boasts its own range of branded goods, cycling accessories and a workshop.
With this weekend’s Calcutta Cup looking likely to be the most competitive in years, I wanted to take an affectionate look at five of the best clashes between England and Scotland.
Let’s talk about cycling. What better to kick off my blog about all things velo than a post about a modern classic?
Coffee in Clerkenwell. Coffee in Farringdon. Workshop Coffee
There are a hell of a lot of places to buy good coffee in and around London’s Clerkenwell. If the coffee-loving hipster types live in Hackney, you’ll find many of them working in this part of town which is good news for me as I don’t work far from their either and am always searching for London’s best coffee.
Yoga for men as a means of improving core strength and overall fitness.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about improving my core strength. Most of my exercise tends to come from cycling on my road bike and running. I’ve run a couple of marathons in my time but injury seems to be getting in the way of that these days. I’m reasonably fit but the kind of exercise I enjoy doesn’t do a great deal for upper body or core strength.
I love socks. For many years, I wore plain black socks and had about twenty identical pairs; my ankles were just so boring. One grey morning I had a footwear epiphany and I’ve not looked back. Us chaps don’t have many means of being a peacock, especially those of us who wear a suit and work in an office. We’ve got ties, socks and maybe pocket squares. Socks are important and they’ve been having a renaissance over the last few years.