Bike tours in London take you to places you could well miss any other way. Get pedalling around the capital on a bike made for one or two! There are electric bikes making light work of hills, docked bikes you can just unlock and ride with an app and plenty of bike hire companies and ready-made tours to get you moving. So, hop on and ride some of London’s best cycle routes.
Electric bike hire in London
Fancy a battery boost as you pedal? E-bikes are a great way to get around the capital without breaking into a sweat. There are several electric bike rentals and tours across London. Here are some strong options.
With a fleet of over 700 e-bikes across London, Lime’s distinctive bright green and white bikes are hard to miss. To ride one, you just download the app, scan the code, ride and dock at a designated drop-off point. Bikes have adjustable seats, a bike basket and lights. You’ll need to find your own helmet if you want to use one, but they’re not compulsory.
London Ebike Tour
Cycle around London’s major landmarks on a two-hour tour that starts by Trafalgar Square. London Ebike Tours take you on an electric bike tour of London’s famous sites, think Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower Bridge. Groups are small and the guides tell you a little about each location.
ScooTours Royal Parks and Palaces Ebike Tour
Fancy a gentle e-bike ride through Hyde Park? ScooTours has a three-hour tour around Westminster, taking in the royal palaces and parks. The tour takes a beautiful route from Buckingham Palace into Hyde Park around the Serpentine to Kensington Palace. An experienced guide gives you a glimpse into Britain’s royal history as you pedal – or don’t.
Classic bikes in London
Two wheels, one rider, no battery. Get around London on a bike under your own steam. There are mountain bikes, road bike tours and bikes you simply find in the street and ride. You can bike to a prime picnic spot in summer or see the Christmas lights twinkle in winter.
Transport for London’s Santander Cycles have bikes across London where you simply turn up and ride. There’s an app you can use or docking station terminals where you can book your bike and get pedalling. You have the freedom to go anywhere you like for as long or short a ride as you fancy. Prices are pretty low too compared to other public transport. Just remember to dock your bike properly at the end.
On Your Bike Rentals
If you’d like to hire a bike for a day, a few days or a week, head to On Your Bike on Central London’s London Bridge Walk. It’s open early and late, so you can make the most of your hire time. You have a choice of road bikes, from standard entry level bikes to high-spec carbon framed bikes. Your bike hire fee includes a helmet, lock and bottle cage with optional accessories too. There are city hybrids available.
Breakaway Bike Tours
You can join one of the London tours or opt for a private family bike tour. Breakaway Bike Tours in London has two main tour routes, both lasting three and a half hours. There’s a classic Grand London Bike Tour, taking in the classic iconic buildings and monuments. Or you can choose the Secret London Bike Tour, exploring hidden passageways and hunting out cool street art.
Tandem bike rides in London
Sometimes, two sets of pedals are better than one! You can tandem around a park for an hour or hire a tandem bike for a day trip. Here are the best tandem bike hires in London.
Parkcycle Richmond Park
Pick up a tandem bike at the cycling centre in Roehampton Gate car park and cycle together around Richmond Park. Parkcycle operates from spring to autumn, with tandems you can rent for an hour or longer. Parkcycle staff will help you plan a route with or without hilly sections and a café stop. There’s also a discount if you book in advance.
The London Bicycle Tour Company
The London Bicycle Tour Company has an adult tandem you can hire for the day. Book online and pay a deposit, then collect the tandem from Kennington Road. Hyde Park is nearby, or for a longer route, you could follow the Regent’s Canal from Limehouse to Little Venice, taking in Camden Town.
London Recumbents Battersea Park
Battersea Park in South London was established in 1850 when bike carriages were common, and the wide lanes still offer the perfect leisurely bike ride today. Step on to a London Recumbents tandem with your child pedalling behind. Ride the 1.8-mile Carriage Drive circling the park, take in the historic attractions and explore 200 acres of park.