Kayaking London’s canals by night with Secret Adventures – a perfect winter escape

It is a cold, mid-November evening. Twenty-two people stand squeezed into lifejackets and brightly-coloured waterproofs; 11 kayaks float silently, waiting for us like a pod of whales upon the glassy surface of Limehouse Basin. The cloudy night sky shows no stars, but the rain, at least, stopped sometime earlier. Excitement fills the air - whatever the weather, I don't think…

9 bright & functional cycling accessories for summer (part 2/2)

Welcome to part two of Shiny Shiny's summer cycling round-up! This time I've tried and tested some fantastic accessories, and again, they're all chosen with safety and style in mind where possible. Click here to read part one, which is a round-up of bright and colourful clothing for female cyclists. 1. Overboard waterproof yellow pannier, £39.99 This…

Top picks for summer: colourful, functional cycling clothing (part 1/2)

Summer is here! OK, it's been here for a while - and so a round-up of the best clothes, accessories and the occasional gadget for summer cycling is long overdue. (Incidentally, we've got a list for winter, too, if you're in the cold camp.) Sadly, cycling can be very dangerous - especially for women - so…