Clement, Star of Sink or Shpin, Shares His London To Do List
Fresh from another ‘innovative’ class, our favourite gym instructor Clement took a well-deserved break to share his To Do List tips.
Have a read, take some notes, and then make sure to catch Clement’s Sink or Shpin class at Boom! Cycle Studios before he’s, ahem, let go…
At time of writing, there are five classes left:
- Wednesday 24th @ 8:30pm
- Thursday 25th @ 8:30pm
- Friday 26th @ 7:30pm
- Saturday 27th @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Book tickets here – we promise, it’s the funniest fitness class you’ll ever have!
So, Clement, tell us about your favourite secret/offbeat places in London?
I’ve only been in Londres for a few weeks, so it’s difficile to say. I walked all the way from King’s Cross to Crystal Palace because it sounded so beautiful, but it burnt down years ago and now they just have a poor imitation of the Eiffel Tower. I did have a nice café au lait at the Café St Germain but it turns out it’s a haven for cyclists, so I was put right off my croque madame. I then went for a walk in Crystal Palace Park and had a cry next to one of the dinosaurs.
What offbeat events are on your To Do List in the next month or so?
I’m planning to go to an ‘Eye Gazing’ party next month. Basically, it’s speed dating but you don’t talk to anyone. You just look at each other for two minutes. I went last month and found it very difficult as I realised it’s actually not possible to look at both of someone’s eyes. So I got really dizzy and passed out. The key is to gaze into the middle of someone’s forehead. But I guess ‘Forehead Gazing’ doesn’t sound as nice.
What are your favourite things to do for free or little money in London?
I went for a swim in Hampstead Heath and brought my Shpin bike, Brigitte, with me. The lifeguards said she wasn’t allowed in with me. That’s fair enough, I suppose, because the ponds are meant to be segregated. The water certainly got my blood pumping because I went swimming completement in the nude, but immediately after read a newspaper article entitled “Swimmers warned not to swim naked in Hampstead Heath after crayfish invasion.” I’ll stick to the municipal swimming baths, merci.
Other free things to do in Londres I have discovered are: have a Shpin on a Boris bike. I made some rollers which you can put on the back of a Boris bike. If you want to borrow them, just email me.
Also – to see free theatre shows (admittedly just the second half), just go in during the interval. They never check your ticket.
What’s your ultimate London confession?
I once went to Herne Hill velodrome and sprinkled the track with drawing pins during a race. I’m not sure why. I think I was feeling particularly low that day.
What event or product of your own would you like to pimp on To Do List?
I am taking my own Shpinning classes from Wednesday to Saturday this week (until the 27th October). I may well do a few more after that date. It depends on my homesickness and a few other factors. Keep checking my website – www.sinkorshpin.co.uk – for more details.
I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.