London: Thames River Ale Tasting Bike Tour

London: Thames River Ale Tasting Bike Tour

From $419.43 per group up to 4

Cycle the historic Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race route of London’s River Thames on a full or half-day bike tour from Putney to Richmond. Visit a local pub for some samples of locally brewed ale and savor lunch in an 18th-century riverside pub if you wish.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 4 - 6 hours
Starting time 10:30 AM
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Private group


  • Cycle the University Boat Race route of the River Thames London
  • Hear about Saxon and Roman history while passing by old riverside houses and pubs
  • Pass London Fullers Brewery and taste famous London Pride and other beers
  • Pass working boat yards and enjoy parts of the Grand Union Canal
  • Cross the River Thames 4 times (Half-day trip: 3 times)
  • See the remains of Henry VII's Richmond Palace linked to royals for 150 years
  • Finish at Richmond and a riverside pub or walk to the nearby train station
  • Choose a half-day option to enjoy Kew Gardens or lunch at a riverside pub
Full description
Enjoy a quintessentially English adventure, cycling the banks of the River Thames in London, crossing the river 4 times. End the tour at the famous Royal Kew Botanic Gardens or continue cycling to finish up at riverside pub in leafy Richmond. Cycle the route of the famous annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, where the 2 historic universities battle for supremacy. Look out for practicing rowing teams as you bike the quiet South West London sections of the river. Pass old riverside pubs, from Putney to Richmond, and hear the history of brewing in the area. Stop to enjoy shots of ale at one of 2 locations, and visit a brewery shop where you can buy souvenirs during the week. The full-day ride takes you to working boatyards and a garden center set in the grounds of a 16th-century stately home. Cycle through beautiful Syon Park, passing historic Syon House, and ride through Old Isleworth town, passing 18th-century riverside pubs/ Cross the River Thames using the unique Victorian Richmond Lock and arrive at Richmond where you can enjoy a riverside pub. Return from Richmond Train Station on the Underground District Line or Mainline train to London Waterloo. You can also choose the easier half-day ride and finish before or after a pub lunch. You will be free to visit Kew Botanical Gardens, Kew National Archives, the Steam Museum, or the Musical Museum.
  • Bike hire with helmet
  • Local guide
  • Ale tasting session
  • Pub lunch
  • Transport to/from start and finish location
  • Entrance fee for attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Outdoor clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Sensible outdoor clothing/shoes advised, some of this route can be muddy.
  • Booking is essential to reserve your bike.
  • Luggage transfer and accommodation help is offered if needed (extra cost on request).
  • No refund on cancellations within 72 hours of tour, however dates can be changed but subject to a charge.
  • Private Tour is for 1-4 people with bike hire
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Would recommend this tour.

The ale tasting tour was fab! Ginette (our guide) made my daughter and I feel really relaxed straight from the off.Lots of fun,and the other people in our group were lovely too!

20 June 2013

Thumbs up

Choice of Ales were great! Had a scrummy goats cheese sarnie for lunch too, I really enjoyed biking past all the pretty houses. The best bit for me wasthe afternoon too with homemade cakes in teh park - such a nice touch and such a great end to the day :)

9 May 2013

Merry Pedaller tour

Saw loads of great sights with Ginette and our cycle gang crew! Pased lots of rowers, boat houses, cyclists, dog walkers... All very serene and pretty and relaxing. And Ginettes little historic storeis along the day were just right. Can't believe we were out from 10 am - 5 - the day flew by!

7 August 2013

Thanks for a magic day

Everything was wonderful - thank you Ginnette for youre cakes and everything else!

1 September 2013

Excellent tour!

Started at Putney Bridge, where Ginette the guide explained the day and made us all feel welcome. She got us comfortable with our bikes, and then we begun our ride. Bisiting the old traditional pubs and going by the river was so nice - I can vouch that the ale tastings before lunch were grand -t the realy thing, and I really didn't want the tour to end, but end it did in Richmond. Highly reccomended.

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2 August 2013

A very nice and interesting day

We enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide did a bery good job , friendly and knowledable. A Lovely day to remember.

13 July 2017

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