"I'd recomend having more days, in London, and cutting the bike ride short, to spend more days afterwards in London as well, because with all these quaint british pubs, you'll need the extra time.
of course, there are some very nice pubs in Wales.
maybe we could arrange a social night while you are here, and show you some places, and entertain you with our stories of London life ;-) you'ld get to meet some real Londoners."
Thanks, John I wish I could spend more time in London. I'm very impressed with this web site and the obvious pride people take in your particular section of London. I'll be riding with a group in Wales and as for a longer holiday, unfortunately, the boss has a mania for work. So two days in London on the way out and another day or two on the way back is the best I can manage--this time.
This will, however, be my fourth trip to "This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle." I'm very much a fan of Britain. I love your landscapes, your pubs, your humor (P G Wodehouse is my hero), and your people. It would be great to have a social night. The 30th or 31st of July or August 8th would be the best for me. If anyone is up for that, it would be wonderful.
As you'll no doubt know from your guidebook, no visit to England would be the same without drinking several pints of our loverly ("hard", apple) cider.
If you're planning to go cycling around the (also very nice now, look you) Welsh borders, then I'd give you two bits of advice:
1) Don't be afraid to stray or even, (for a short while), stay on the Welsh side. The views are lov-lee, and some of the people can speak English.
2) If real border country is betting a bit too hardcore, step back a bit into Herefordshire (county that borders Wales, but also has lots of places that have always been English, so manages to mix safety with that border/frontier feel) and go on the cider cycling trail linked below. I went to school around there, and it really is beautiful. I've heard that even teetotallers, having viewed the area without the benefit of cider, say that it's nice.
Hope you enjoy your trip
"The Cider Cycling Route starting from Ledbury is a good one to follow, especially in the spring (blossom) or autumn (harvest and cider production). " [quote: the local tourist office]
You have a pop at someone you labelled a cycling "fanatic" in another thread, which is somewhat hypocritical given that in practically EVERY bleeding thread you bang on about cider. Give it a rest, man. It's extremely tedious to read.