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Our most recommended London Bike Tours

London: Piccadilly and Soho Beer Bike Tour

1. London: Piccadilly and Soho Beer Bike Tour

Enjoy a wee toast on a unique beer bike tour through the streets of London. Travel in style and experience London’s famous landmarks in a completely different way. Raise a toast with your companions as you go on a 1 or 2-hour tour.  During your experience, cycle to local, world-famous pubs in London for a pint. Join a tour that has played host to James Corden, the Late Late Show, and the cast of Dark Phoenix. An onboard guide and barman will point out the sights and keep the drinks flowing. Drinks are not included but feel free to bring your own.

London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

2. London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

Saddle up for a fun bike tour of London and see the city like a slightly eccentric local. Ride a fabulous classic-style, traditional English Pashley bicycle, pedaling across the capital using riverside paths, dedicated bicycle lanes, and quiet back streets. Cruise at an easy pace to ensure your comfort and safety at all times, the tour is ideal even for those who haven't ridden a bicycle in years. Make frequent stops to soak in the sights, take photos, and listen to your guide recount interesting facts and strange historical tales of landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and the London Eye. Visit lesser-known spots, including a bizarre stone nose, wartime bunkers, legal graffiti zones, and the best spots for food and drink. Take a break at the best-rated ale and cider pub in town, learn about traditional brewing techniques, taste samples, and enjoy a pint with your group.

Secret London Tour by Bike

3. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

4. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

London: Street Art Bike Tour

5. London: Street Art Bike Tour

Join London's original street art tour provider to see some of the world's finest street art around Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Hackney as well as some hidden away pieces. On bike you will get to see much more in two hours than you can see on any other walking tour.  You'll hear the stories and motivations behind incredibly imaginative works of all shapes and sizes created with a staggering array of materials from all of the world's finest street artists including: Banksy, Shepherd Fairey, Phlegm, Invader, Conor Harrington, D*Face, Stik, ROA, Vhils and loads loads more.  Unlike any other London Street Art Tour, you will get an authentic first-hand experience: your guide will either be a well-known street artist or a well-respected expert who has produced stacks of behind-the-scenes documentaries about some of the world's top street artists. 

Royal London Half-Day Bike Tour

6. Royal London Half-Day Bike Tour

Discover royal London by bike! Hear about kings, queens, and princesses from your engaging guide. Learn about the royal parks and palaces and the history of parliament. Discover the heroes and villains of Britain's historic battles and hear lots of London trivia along the way. The comfortable cruiser bikes provide for smooth cycling as you tour classic London attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Halfway through the tour you’ll take a break at a traditional English pub. Why not enjoy a bite of lunch and a traditional pint of English beer? After lunch you’ll continue your journey and discover more of royal London. Singing “God Save The Queen” as you cycle is by no means compulsory, but it's strongly encouraged! With a friendly guide and action-packed schedule, this is one tour you shouldn't miss!

Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour

7. Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour

Experience a thoroughly English adventure on a 3.5-hour bike tour of the paths of the River Thames in southwest London, cycling to Hampton Court Palace, former home to the Tudor King Henry VIII. Meet your guide at Richmond Train Station to get set up with the comfortable, easy to ride bikes and helmets (if required). Then, pedal off along leafy riverside paths, passing pubs and rowing schools en route. See the remains of the 16th-century Richmond Palace, home of English monarchs for 150 years. Bike past the 17th-century Ham House, which boasts links to King Charles I. Watch the boats pass through Teddington Lock. Then, stroll around an 800-year-old market to grab a snack to enjoy in historic hunting ground full of deer. You will reach Hampton Court Palace by about 13:00-13:30, where your guide will help you purchase entrance tickets. You can also buy them online in advance if you want to avoid the lines. Your guide will arrange for your bikes to be collected, leaving you free to enjoy Hampton Court Palace at leisure.

London: Royal Deer Park Bike Tour

8. London: Royal Deer Park Bike Tour

Enjoy a quintessentially English adventure, cycling through Richmond Park, where deer still roam. Savor a pub lunch or just drinks if you wish.  Located 10 miles from central London, Richmond Park was once a hunting ground for English royals in the 17th century and remains a royal park today. A license has been especially granted by Royal Parks to run these guided tours inside the park. From certain points, you will be rewarded with views across London as far as St. Pauls Cathedral, and west to Windsor Castle. Enjoy an optional walk through the protected Isabella Plantation, before stopping for a pub lunch. If you choose the full-day tour option, continue after lunch and explore the surrounding area full of historic houses by the banks of the River Thames. Take a ferry trip across the river to Twickenham, home of English rugby. Finish with a picnic of a pot of tea and homemade cakes in a beautiful secret statue garden and riverside pub, or head to Twickenham Train Station for direct trains back to Central London. If you prefer to take a half-day tour, you can finish after lunch and enjoy the riverside cycle back to Richmond Train Station.

London: River Thames Small Group Bike Tour

9. London: River Thames Small Group Bike Tour

Enjoy breathtaking views of London’s landscapes on a leisurely half-day cycling tour of both banks of the River Thames. Cycling in small groups, the tour focuses on the history of the people and city, revealing legends and facts about a city that has united against the Great Plague, suffered from terrible fires, and survived wars. You will be riding down streets once frequented by Shakespeare, Dickens, and Chaucer, as well as catching sight of iconic buildings such as the Tower of London, Shard, and more. Stop for lunch at Borough Market, and savor the aromas and taste of artisan produce at London’s largest and oldest food market (at own expense).

London: River Thames Evening Bike Tour with Beer Tasting

10. London: River Thames Evening Bike Tour with Beer Tasting

Watch the sun set over the River Thames on a 4-hour evening bike tour in a small group through the heart of London, taking in many iconic city sites, including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Sir Christopher Wren’s majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Globe Theatre. Admire the city’s lights glistening over London Bridge from the comfortable seat of a cruiser bike. Learn the history of this ancient and modern part of the city, full of stories of artists, famous writers, royal residents, and thieves. You will bike at a leisurely pace, but part of the journey is on the road, so a level of competency and confidence is required. But as cycling can be thirsty work, you will pop into one of London's best pubs, dating back more than 400 years (beer tasting included), at a strategic point along the route.

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London bike tours: Everything you need to know

Biking across London allows you to appreciate the city's cultural venues and historic attractions. Stop by the local pub or café for tea and crumpets or a bite of fish and chips on your way. With a full belly, hop back on your bike and burn through those calories while experiencing the rest of the city.

What sights can you expect to see on a London bike tour?

Choose from a number of unique London bike tours and experience the city on your terms. Some tours allow you to participate with a venue request. The guide will then arrange the tour to suit your preferences.

Buckingham Palace

On more structured tours you'll be able to see attractions like Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London home. Inside, the estate boasts 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms. You may find yourself lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Queen, Prince Philip, or even one of Her Majesty’s prized corgis waltzing across the 39-acre garden.

Westminster Abbey

Tours also often take you through Westminster Abbey, where you will see the coronation church that was built in 1066. With over a million people viewing the still-active church annually, you may run into some crowds. On your bike tour, however, you can learn all about its famous ceremonies without having to wait in line.

East End

Some tours will take you through London’s historic east end. You can travel along the banks of the Thames or pedal past the Tower of London and hear about the castle’s history as a prison as well as a royal palace. You can also travel above The Tower Bridge to the Glass Floor that allows you to see almost 140 feet below you. You may even see the bridge open as you stand above it.

Hyde Park

Stop by Hyde Park on your way through the heart of London. Set up for large scale events and concerts, this bountiful park offers enough space for loud crowds as well as quiet passersby. Put on the brakes when you see the Diana Memorial Fountain, reflecting Princess Diana’s life and her open, welcoming personality. The queen oversaw its construction and opened the fountain to the public in 2004. She made sure to use top-notch talent and tools.

How long do the bike tours last?

  • Most London bike tours last 3-4 hours. 
  • Your tour guide will offer insight into the history of the area and share little-known stories. 
  • You can also choose from a range of time slots and ask all the questions you want, finding out the facts from a local perspective.

How difficult are bike tours in London?

  • Bikers of all skill levels are welcome. The terrain mostly consists of small hills and minimal twists and turns, encouraging young and elderly cyclists to join the tour. 
  • If you have special accommodations or concerns, let your tour guide know at the beginning of the tour. 
  • Be sure to take a peek at the section of the tour description labeled “not suitable for” and the one marked “important information” to get details about the specific London bike tour you are considering.

What do you need to prepare for a London bike tour?

  • The majority of the bike tours provide you with a bike, helmet, and reflective vest. 
  • Pack extra money for refreshments or a couple bottles of water and some snacks in your backpack. 
  • Check the weather forecast to make sure you are dressed comfortably for the excursion. London is known for its rain, so think ahead and pack an umbrella or raincoat. 
  • Don't forget to bring a camera as you will be riding past a plethora of sites you will not want to forget.

    What are some bike tours in London that offer something unexpected?

    The Secret London Tour by Bike leads you downside roads and alleys to give you the opportunity to enjoy London from an insider’s perspective. Listen to stories of scandal spanning over the years of London’s history. Bike through the financial district and imagine a time when polar bears were spotted in the River Thames. Covering about 15 miles, the river offers easy access for goods and transportation in and out of London.


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    What people are saying about London

    Overall rating

    4.8 / 5

    based on 1,260 reviews

    The bike tour was fantastic! Katie really made the tour so incredible she is so sweet and so enthusiastic and lively, all of her stories about London’s history were so entertaining! I would highly recommend this tour to all visitors, it covers the main sights and the bikes are great and really the best way to see everything, and like I said Katie is amazing!

    fun, informative, excellent bike tour - takes in all the main central sights (Kensington gardens and palace, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and lots in between) - guide is absolutely brilliant and knows so much about London. Fully recommend

    Ola was really nice and explained the history of the stops on the trip really well. I warmly recommend his tour, nice way to discover/explore London

    Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting. A great way to see lots of interesting places that we normally wouldn’t find alone.

    Awesome experience! The guide Ola is outstanding, would highly recommend this activity to anyone in London.