Meet the hero: Lee Mannion


Lee Mannion is a journalist, who’s written for numerous publications including West London Living, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and the Daily Express. He pens the blog Can I Write for a Living. He also happens to be a resident of Kensington and Chelsea, and one of our bike heroes. Lee chose a classic Brompton bike to ride on for the summer.


You’ve written for numerous publications, what is your favourite thing to write about? 

Good news stories. Most ‘news’ is bad things happening and that filters down to people feeling miserable and afraid about the world they live in. Getting paid to travel is pretty cool too.


We’re keen to share tips with our bikeminded community, do you have any routes you’d recommend in the borough? 

This route only starts in the borough but if you’re nervous of London traffic, you can get into central London completely off road once you’ve got to Bayswater. If you enter Kensington Gardens there, go down past Kensington Palace then turn left, riding past the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. The route continues past the Serpentine along Rotten Row through Hyde Park. There is a cycle path at Hyde Park Corner through the Wellington Arch and down the South side of Green Park, past Buckingham Palace and along the left side of the Mall. So you can get to Trafalgar Square traffic free. Plus it’s a really nice ride.

And any tips for good places to eat? 

Fez Mangal on Ladbroke Grove is an unpretentious, good value favourite. Apart from that, The Henry Root in Chelsea is a total winner and Kensington Place on Kensington Church Street has been dependable for years.

What is your favourite area outside London to ride around? 

Generally I don’t, but Sussex, where my family live, is beautiful.
What is the one thing guaranteed to make you smile on your bike?
Traffic jams that I can cycle past.


  1. Mary-Lu Bakker says:

    Aug 18, 2011


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