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Discover the secret history of London



If you enjoy a bit of culture and like getting out on the bike than a series of tour rides run by Bikeminded, the cycling campaign run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, this summer could just be your thing.

Bikeminded is launching a summer programme of themed cycling tours aimed at getting more people on their bikes to discover the secret haunts and history of the London borough. The tours will bring the streets of that part of London to life through film, music and the adventures of Alice in Wonderland.


The film tour will explore Kensington and Chelsea’s rich film history by visiting locations made famous through the screen, from crime films such as 1950s Blue Lamp through to spy thriller James Bond.

Bikeminded is launching a film competition, Bike Cycle Shorts, alongside the Film Tour. For more details on that, see our separate sub heading below.


Saturday 28 April  -11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
Saturday 12 May– 11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
Saturday 26 May– 11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00


For music lovers, their tour will pedal back in time by joining a magical musical mystery cycling tour of legendary hang-outs of hippie and rock stars of the 60s, punks and reggae artists of the 70s, synth pop-stars of the 80s and contemporary musicians of today.


Saturday 5th May – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Saturday 9th June – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Saturday 7th July – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

Alice in Wonderland

Bikeminded’s summer cycle season finishes with its Alice in Wonderland Tour. An immersive and interactive theatre experience on two wheels, the White Rabbit and Alice will weave a journey through the park spaces and hidden corners of the borough.


Wednesday 18th July 19:00 – 21:00 – please arrive at 18:30
Thursday 19th July 19:00 – 21:00 – please arrive at 18:30
Friday 20th July 19:00 – 21:00 – please arrive at 18:30
Saturday 21st July - Matinee for families – 13:00 – 15:00 – please arrive at 12:30  and 19:00 – 21:00 – please arrive at 18:30
Sunday 22nd July - Matinee for families – 13:00 – 15:00 – please arrive at 12:30

To book a place on any of the tours please visit: http://www.bikeminded.org/events/bike-tours/

Cycle Shorts film competition

Bikeminded wants you to get creative and produce a film that shows others the delights of cycling. The film can be funny, serious, arty, in fact anything you like. It can be live action, or animation, location, or studio based, it is up to you, but it must have references of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in some shape or form. And it must be no more than 90 seconds.

Once you’ve shot the film, upload the entry to Vimeo or YouTube, send Bikeminded the link with the competition application form (see here).

All uploaded films will be judged by award-winning film director and bicycle enthusiast Richard Loncraine with all shortlisted films being shown at an exclusive screening at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

A special prize will be awarded to the People’s Choice film. This is the film that receives the most votes online. The winner of this film receives £500.

The winner of the Judge’s choice film will receive £1000. That film will be screened at the Olympics Festival site on Exhibition Road in Kensington.

The competition deadline is Friday 15th June 2012 at 5pm. More details on the competition can be found here.

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See also

Sky Ride and Breeze ride activity for 2012

Tube style map shows Birmingham’s traffic-free cycle routes

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