Where to Cycle In London
The possibilities are endless, and it's great just to jump on your bike and follow your nose. One of the biggest advantages of cycling is the fact that you can do it at your own pace, stopping whenever you fancy. By all means make it up as you go along. However, if you would like a plan to start off, here are a selection of our favourite itineraries:
Along the Thames Riverside to Richmond
You can start this at several places, including Battersea Park (and cycling past St Mary's Church, dating back to 1777) and Putney, the start-point for the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Upstream from Putney, the ride is entirely traffic-free, and you can include Kew Gardens, the bird-watchers' paradise London Wetlands Centre and Richmond Park, dating back to the 12th century and the largest open space in London.
If you fancy riding from Westminster Bridge to Putney along the
South Bank of the Thames, we have mapped a route, with accompanying
'cue sheet', here:
If you've taken a look at this route, and you'd like to download an A4 PDF printer-friendly copy of the directions, just right-click here and choose 'download file as'....Download Westminster to Putney Route
The South Bank to Tower Bridge
Starting on the South end of Westminster Bridge, you head East past the London Eye (it's usually very crowded on this section, and you'll probably need to wheel your bike for a few minutes) then past the Tate Modern art gallery, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, historic Southwark and London Bridge right up to the Mayor of London's office and Tower Bridge.
All along this route there are fabulous views
across the river to the sights of Westminster and the City of London. Thursdays-Sundays, stop off at Borough Market, near London Bridge
(click on right). It's been there for 250 years, and the range of food and drink available just gets broader!
The Heart of London and the City
On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, when the financial institutions of the City of London (the "Square Mile") are closed and the roads areoften deserted, it's a good time to soak up this most historic part of London. There's a different site of interest each way you look. For example (L-R above): Leadenhall Market, the Lloyds Building, Swiss Re ("The Gherkin"), St Andrew Undershaft, the Royal Exchange.