There were 19 riders who met up at the Albert Memorial on Sunday to do this year's Open Garden Squares ride. Two from Camden, three from NW London, one from Redbridge and a group from as far afield as Dulwich. We were joined by a further two who met us at Edwardes Square, which has perhaps the best kept square of all those in the area. At the Ismaili Centre we were welcomed by volunteers and given a tour of the roof garden there. Belgrave Square gave us an opportunity to stop for refreshment before embarking on the journey to the City.
There was a suffragette demonstration going on in Parliament Square so we had to walk through the Westminster Abbey grounds to get onto the eEmbankment Cycle Superhighway. We had lunch at the Barbican and then visited the Nomura tower block roof garden. Unfortunately I lost some of my photos when I put my camera through the security machine there and they temporarily confiscated my tyre lever, which looked too much like a weapon because I bought a very substation one when I found my plastic ones had a tendency to snap.
The garden next door to the Nomura garden was open for the first time this year, but we couldn't get in because it closed at 4pm. We then went to Lincoln's Inn to look at the gardens there and finished the ride at Fitzroy Square, where teas were on offer until 6.30pm.