Got a coffee lover and/or cyclist in your life you need Christmas present ideas for? Or fancy treating yourself ahead of the festive season? Well, SPIN x LCF being held in London next weekend may be the answer.
Taking place from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December at The Yard on Worship Street in Shoreditch, the event sees the organisers of SPIN – The Urban Cycle Show team up with the people behind the London Coffee Festival.
So far, around 60 coffee and cycling brands have signed up to the event, the former including Union Coffee Roasters, La Marzocco and Make Decent Coffee, while the latter feature names including Brooks, Mosquito, Hill & Ellis, Nuun, Rusby Cycles, 8 Ball Bikes and Death Spray Custom.
World and Paralympic champion Mark Colbourne, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will be at the Alchemy stand at the show on the Sunday, talking about how he overcame a broken back in 2009 to win gold in the Velodrome at London 2012.
According to Alex Daw, director of Spin INTL, “This event mirrors the buzz, energy and synergy between cycling and coffee.
“For consumers nowadays craft, heritage and convenience are paramount and so we are providing a platform for independent brands and retailers whom you won‟t find on the high street.
“All this set against a backdrop of superb coffee, live music, fine food and craft beer!”
Ludovic Rossignol, head of events for the London Coffee Festival, adds: “London has become a Mecca for the ‘made by hand’ and with the return to simplicity, authenticity and clean lines, the link between coffee and cycling has never been stronger!
“We believe there's never been a better time to launch the very first caffeine-fuelled Christmas shopping event dedicated to coffee and bike lovers."
Entry costs £5 on the door, or you can get tickets for free online – although there is a booking fee of £1.75 per order and a maximum of two tickets can be ordered per transaction.
Spin x LCF
89 & 1/2 Worship Street
London, EC2A 2BF
Friday 29 November
16:00 – 22:00
Saturday 30 November
10:00 – 14:00 (am session)
14:00 – 19:00 (pm session)
Sunday 01 December
10:00 – 14:00 (am session)
14:00 – 18:00 (pm session)
Full details of the event, including details of all exhibitors, can be found on its website.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.