try a new way to get around....
For many workers, commuting is the pits! From leaves on the line to rail replacement services, it doesn’t take much to seriously screw with a straightforward journey.
Hopefully not too many readers will be affected by the Southern Rail sink hole/cancellation/ emergency timetable/ staff shortage debacle that’s happening right now. But, if you’re looking for a novel way of getting about once you’re in town there are some exciting transportation developments in the works for Londoners
Hendricks Gin have launched H.E.R.B.E.R.T. or to give it it’s full name Hendrick’s Extraordinary Roving Bus for Exceptionally Refined Travel. Although at £2.50 it’s slightly pricier than your average bus journey, you’ll get G&Ts, cocktails and cucumber macaroons in return.
They’re running a limited service from tomorrow (21st July) until 29th July (not Mondays though) in the centre of town including stops in Westminster, Euston Road and on the Southbank. For more info on booking tickets see the Hendrick's site.
For those looking to maximise their commute and multitask their way in to work, Ride2Rebel might have the answer. R2R, a subsidiary of Rebel1 Studios, plans to convert buses into moving Spin Studios and run services from Stratford, Angel, Kensington High Street, and Clapham Common, depositing riders at their central London premises in time for a shower before work.
You can find out more and sign up here. Alternatively, you could just get on your bike!
After looking like it might never actually happen the Night Tube will finally be pulling into a station near you as of August 19th and I have to admit, I’m pretty excited.
Although initially only running a limited service across Jubilee, Victoria. Northern, Central and Piccadilly lines it is set to revolutionise late night travel for millions of Londoners. TFL estimates that it will reduce night time journeys by an average of 20 minutes and up to an hour for some people. It should also reduce strain on the night bus network which has seen usage rise by 173% since 2000.
No more night bus for me!