Project V – Kate

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As you might be aware already Project V stands for Project Velondonista and consists of a collection of street style photographs of women with their bikes in London i.e ‘real life Velondonistas’. The idea behind the project is to encourage more women to cycle in London & to show that cycling and style go very well together.

This time around I am featuring my very dear friend Kate, with pictures shot in Hackney Wick last September, when the sun was shining and you could still get away with wearing sandals.

  1. Describe your (cycling) style:

I try to stay comfortable and practical at all times. My style is mostly casual; jeans, trainers, usually all black (duh)! I think the most dressed up I ever get is to throw on a blazer and maybe wear some flat sandals. You will never ever find me in heals, especially not on my bike.

  1. What do you ride:

A white Hoy Shizuoka Hybrid bike. It’s perfect for weekend rides and conveniently matches by boyfriend Stephen’s bike. If you’re lucky, you can catch us twinning around East London on our matching Hoys! #couplegoals

  1. Favourite hangout place in London:

It’s difficult to say. There are far too many great places in London, so I will narrow it down to my three favourite neighbourhoods; Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and Bermondsey.

Our group of friends tend to meet quite regularly in Hackney Wick. We love cruising around this neighbourhood stopping into places along the canal for tasty snacks and some casual drinks. I recently celebrated by birthday at The Plough at Swan Warf, definitely a good hang out spot on sunny days for a BBQ and table tennis.

I like to spend my weekends cruising around Victoria Park, maybe grab some brunch at Well Street Kitchen. On Sunday’s I will usually make my way down to Shoreditch House for a roast and maybe stop by Columbia Road Market to pick up some flowers on the way home.

More recently I have been spending a lot of time in Bermondsey. I will always make time to pop into White Cube Gallery. They have had some amazing shows recently. I can highly recommend the Anselm Kiefer ‘Walhalla’ exhibition, they have completely transformed their space.

There’s also the obligatory Matzo Ball Soup and Pastrami/Salt Beef Sandwich pit stop at Monty’s Deli, followed by quick walk through Maltby Market for some pantry goodies. Stephen really enjoys grabbing couple pints along the ‘Beer Mile’ on Druid Street. I like this neighbourhood a lot. There’s a strong sense of community there and lots to see and do.

  1. Favourite Shop

One of my favourite little boutiques is Triangle Shop on Chatsworth Road. Great for lifestyle items and all things homeware. I am always looking for new things for the flat. We love our little pikku potin hanging plant we purchased from there. They also have really nice minimalist jewellery from Matthew Calvin.

  1. Cycling item you can’t live without

A good pair of sunglasses! This summer I purchased the Illesteva Milan III shades which I am obsessed with but are a little bit more scenster, so I don’t wear them all the time. I tend to wear the classic Karen Walker Super Lunar Crazy Tort pair quite a lot. Come to think of it, I doubt you can find many pictures of me when I am not wearing sunglasses. Definitely my essential.





Thank you Kate for participating, if you wanted to get featured next and happen to be in London get in touch here.


  1. 05/01/2017 / 18:59

    What a great idea to feature women riding their bikes through London, I’m sure it will encourage more women to do the same. Kate looks very stylish while riding and the pics are gorgeous x

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 10:11

      Thanks Sarah – yes Kate is such a stylish girl isn’t she xx

  2. 05/01/2017 / 19:00

    I love these interview series. Its such a fab way to get to know fellow bloggers!

  3. 05/01/2017 / 19:39

    What a great series, I’ve never cycled in London before but I’d love to x

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 09:12

      You definitely should try it one day, it might seem daunting at the first but you will be surprised at how amazing it makes you feel! Plus you get to see London (or any other city) from a completely different prospective xx

  4. hannah
    05/01/2017 / 20:03

    These interviews are great as you can read some interesting info

  5. 05/01/2017 / 20:23

    Ah I love this. I’ve never seen someone so stylish riding a bike, she rocks it. Jo x

  6. 05/01/2017 / 21:02

    Love this series! I ride my bike (a no-name brand beach cruiser) ALL THE TIME at home, but I have never been brave enough to cycle in London – except for the occasional Boris Bike ride but those don’t really count, do they?

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 10:16

      I love cruiser bikes, they are just so comfy for a perfect cyele about! Where do you live? And yes Boris Bikes count – its not the most mobile bike but it is the same principle. Well done for braving cycling in London, fingers crossed it will soon be a safer place for anyone to cycle about xx

  7. 05/01/2017 / 22:12

    Oh I love Shoreditch it is where I do most of my photoshoots it has so much beautiful art!

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 10:06

      Shoreditch has quite the choice of graffiti fuelled streets and nice cafes and hangout places so perfect for picture taking!xx

  8. 05/01/2017 / 23:55

    This is a fantastic idea and I really like the photography in this post. x

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 10:16

      Thanks Leah! xx

  9. 06/01/2017 / 01:30

    I hadn’t heard of this project before reading this post. I’d love to cycle but don’t get much time to do much for myself at the moment although I doubt I’d look quite so stylish.

  10. 06/01/2017 / 09:04

    What a fabulous idea you should take this to the big bike festival Eroica this year. It is an amazing festival all featured around cycling!

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 09:08

      Hi Louise – thanks for the suggestion!i have yet to make it to Eroica but heard so many great things. Perhaps in 2017 !

  11. 06/01/2017 / 09:54

    Such a good idea for a feature. I am hanging my head in shame as I can’t ride a bike *eek* x

  12. 06/01/2017 / 14:06

    Lovely idea for a feature! Such good photography! xo

  13. 06/01/2017 / 14:45

    I love this post/series – such a unique idea! I really want to get into bike riding this year! x

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 22:27

      You definitely should – let me know if you have any questions about bicycles as will be very happy to help!
      Jb xx

  14. Dannii
    06/01/2017 / 18:02

    What a great idea for a feature. I have a bike obsessed friend that would love this, so I am passing it on.

    • velondonista
      06/01/2017 / 22:28

      Please do – the more the merrier! xx

  15. 06/01/2017 / 20:55

    What a great project, its fantastic seeing women on bikes and encouraging more to start cycling. The photograph is pretty epic too 🙂

  16. 06/01/2017 / 22:15

    What a great series, I enjoy riding my bike from time to time. Very positive post to encourage more cycling

  17. 06/01/2017 / 22:23

    What a fabulous little series! Please do more like this x

  18. 06/01/2017 / 23:15

    Fab post and very interesting concept that I’ve never come across before! x

  19. francesca
    07/01/2017 / 17:07

    How awesome I love the photos!! However I’dlove to cycle but I feel london is so dangerous when it comes to cycling and you really should be protected well with a helmet etc, road rage is rife here!

  20. 07/01/2017 / 17:19

    What a fabulous feature, and the concept is so unusual. I certainly hadn’t heard of it, but I loved looking at these photographs. Really cool shots

  21. nicol
    07/01/2017 / 20:55

    yes to the sunglasses! i always carry a pair with me and love to wear them whenever i cycle

  22. 09/01/2017 / 20:25

    What beautiful shots. Great to see such a positive article regarding women & cycling. Its unusual to see females cyclists around here but when we go over to Yorkshire there are tons. Love that the essential item is shades!

  23. 26/01/2017 / 12:12

    These pictures are so nice. I really like the idea behind it. Great post.


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