Enjoy London town in all its splendour with BreakAway Bike Tours, the self-acclaimed most entertaining and personable bicycle tours run by genuine Londoners with a passion for their city. The company has two different tours, both of which are promised to be largely traffic free, using quiet streets, bike lanes, riverside pathways and park routes over busy roads. The first, the Grand London Tour (daily 10.30am), takes in the capital's "must-see" attractions such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and St Paul's. It also includes quirky stop-offs at the world's smallest police station, the oldest wig shop in London and a secret passageway to Downing Street. The second tour, the Secret London Tour (daily 3pm), combines medieval history, legend, scandal and modern glamour, covering some famous hotspots on the South Bank and in the East End and the City - including The Globe, The Tower Of London, Tower Bridge, Brick Lane and the Docks - as well as some tucked-away gems such as Dead Man's Hole, Artillery Lane, the 'Bow Bells' and a legendary pub tunnel. For more information and booking details go to www.biketouroflondon.com.
London Bike Tours
Nine-mile tours around town with experienced and knowledgeable guides
2 Addington Street, South Bank, London, SE1 7RY
Prestigious company offering tours in up to seven languages
1a Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP
Tube: Temple Station
Based in Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank, the prestigious company has been offering high quality bike tours for a number of years. The Central London Tour takes in all London's main sights, such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral - and is conducted in seven different languages (English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese). The West London Tour will take you along the Thames, through Westminster, past Buckingham Palace and into Hyde Park - with a foray into Soho and some of the main shopping areas. The East London Tour takes you past the Globe Theatre, the Tower of London and out to the Jack the Ripper haunts in the East End. The London Bicycle Tour Company also offer Night Tours and Olympic-themed tours. Bikes and helmets are provided and you can choose from mountain bikes and more traditional models. With experienced, knowledgeable guides it really is an energetic and fun way to get to know this vast city. Both tours are nine miles in length, so you might even burn some calories too. The company also hired out bike by the hour or day - so more adventurous tourists cruise along independently and plan their own tours.
Two pedal-powered tours through London - River or Royal
Queensway Tube, 89 Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4QH
The Fat Tire Bike Tours offer two pedal-powered tours through London - a Royal and a River tour. The Royal London Tour runs daily at 11am from 1st April through to 31st October from Queensway Tube while the River Thames Tour runs daily from 15th May to 15th September from 10:30am near Waterloo Station. The River Thames Tour is also run in the evening (Thurs-Sat) so participants can see the sun set over the city and the lights illuminate the famous facades of central London. The routes are relaxed and suited to all ages, while the guides work hard to show you an interesting and entertaining side to London. Helmets and rain ponchos are provided and although reservations are not required for the Royal London Tour, pre-payment and online booking must be made for the River Thames Tour. Prices start at £18 and more information can be found on www.fattirebiketours.com.
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