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A day in the life of a London Banker

My work day begins before I go to bed the night before. I check the weather forecast, pack a shirt and arrange a cycling outfit dependent on the weather. The alarm wakes me up at 6am. I generally roll out and stretch before making a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal, taking a look at the headlines on the FT website and listening to the start of Today.

I leave the flat around 6:45. Why? I cycle to work. I always used to cycle to school from 16 on the roads and stopped on starting my previous job. The olympics changed all that – I thought I’d give it a go for a few weeks and see how it went. My route involves getting down on the A41 and that 6:45 start means I have the bus lane all the way to Swiss Cottage through to 7am.

a day in the life of a London banker

People see cycling as risky but it gives me a unique sense of freedom and the ability to observe the whole city. I go through Regents Park and its a fantastic way of noting the seasons change as I peddle past the zoo with few cars behind me and the sounds of the occasional animal if I listen carefully. London Roads are fast with little segregation; without a doubt the hardest aspect of the journey is the Euston Road up to Kings Cross – you see everything and have to be careful of cars, lorries and passengers lugging suitcases to the Eurostar.

By the time I get to work about 25 minutes later, I can have a shower and change. I keep spare suits and smart trousers at work to save on weight. We are lucky to have a dry cleaning service, a drying room and an interior cycle park. About 10/11 hours later, I’m ready to leave – the days can be intense with short lunch breaks.

Generally, I head straight home but I always take a different route back which is mostly longer. This tends to involve a steep climb through Highgate as climbing is also part of my training for Ride London in August this year.

By the time I’m back, I can relax a bit. Sometimes I’ll go out locally as West Hampstead has a great social scene. I’m also lucky in that I can visit my Mother for a surprise as she is only in Harrow. Most times I’ll read a book or watch some TV.

On days I am out outside NW6, I won’t have cycled and will tube it. London has such a great variety of stuff to do – I generally go to the theatre, cinema or the odd exhibition. It’s just easy to meet friends and find something to do. There is the occasional work/friends drink or dinner and I also do some committee work for the Friends of Fortune Green.

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Eugene is fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Ride London. Donations to his JustGiving page will be gladly received.

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Photos of London on Instagram

Instagrammed: December in London

This month I’ve made a conscious effort to capture London on Instagram. Unfortunately even an Instagram filter can’t make my photos look great – but they are a visual memory of the great time I’ve had this December in London.

Photos of London on Instagram

Clockwise from top left:

Waiting to enter the Houses of Parliament via the Cromwell Green entrance for the Centre for Cities Christmas Reception.

The bookshop from John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Located in the heart of Mayfair this store is the stuff of literary dreams.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson visiting West Hampstead and addressing local businesses at The Wet Fish Café. Let me know what you think he was saying when I snapped this picture!

The abandoned Down Street underground station, located close to Hyde Park and Piccadilly. Take a look at this urban explorer blog for a look behind and below the door of this abandoned station.