One of my favourite pleasures of my daily cycle commute is often overlooked and undocumented by others. It is the capacity to pass through so many different scents whilst pedalling around a city. You wouldn’t think that cycling in such an overcrowded, polluted place that you could breathe in pleasant smells, but you can and when you do they are like little nuggets of delight.
So here are some of the smells I enjoy when I'm on my bike-
1. Scent of flowers – This is the ultimate aroma and I'm lucky that I pass a stretch of road everyday which smells of floral heaven. I haven’t been able to track down the specific plant but this fragrance has been going strong for 3 months now – let’s hope it survives winter!
2. Laundry – If you ever get to pass a launderette make sure to take in the sumptuous whiff of washing detergent. It’s nice I tell you. Passing a launderette + potholes + rain = replicating being in a washing machine! You can’t beat it. Try passing Eskimo Laundry on Mackenzie Road, N7 for a sniff.
3. Wood smoke- Ok, so I didn’t expect that living in London there would be the countryside wood smoke smell that I am so fond of but it does and I can’t get enough of it, especially during Autumn.
4. Dinner – Yes please! There is nothing like cycling through a street when every house in the entire road is cooking what smells like a Michelin star dinner...So it’s probably just Garlic, onions and spices but it’s lovely. Make sure to cruise down Ashley Road, N19 for the best dinner aromas.
Do you have any smells to add to the list?
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