You are one ride away from a very good mood. #londoncycle
I’ve lived in London since June 2017 and frankly speaking, it’s just too good to be true. People who don’t like London just don’t know where to go and what to look for. For that exact reason, I’ve taken on a mission of writing a how-to-expore-London guide.
Even though there are many must-do touristic places, my storytelling will be slightly different. For now, I will go by an idea if you have a “wanna see it all” attitude — rent a bike.
GETTING A BIKE
- Santander Bikes — £2 for 24h access as long as you dock a bike every 30 mins at any station (now there are more than 780 docking stations across Zones 1&2)
- OfO Bikes — download an app, get a bike near you, unlock it by scanning its QR code; costs 70p for every 30 mins with a max daily cap of £5.
1. first reason for the ride to start in Angel is the beauty of this area;second & more genuine reason is personal convenience motive cause I live here. In all seriousness, infinity of yummy places on Upper Street, romantic vibes of Regent’s Canal, hidden gems of Camden Passage and diversity of Exmouth Market (Clerkenwell direction) made this area one of my most desirable places to live
2. short cycle down South leads to magnificent dark red Victorian buildings (Holborn bars) -take a pic and get on Holborn road
3. via Holborn Viaduct, reach St Paul’s area and may be take a break here to enjoy Cathedral Gardens & Madison’s views (sneaking into St Paul goes without saying, entrance is free). More about Madison — being a trendy rooftop bar, it actually neighbours with a public panoramic viewpoint — so get a lift to the 6th floor in One New Change Shopping centre and enjoy those breathtaking views of the London skyline free of charge with no prior booking required
4.head down Fleet Street, passing by simply gorgeous Royal Court of Justice and docking your bike somewhere in Covent Garden
5. go check out Seven Dials, queue for arguably best coffee in the city — Monmouth Coffee Company — and make your way to colorful life of Neil’s Yard.
*If you got hungry/tired from cycling, get that unbelievable £11 steak in Flat Iron and just get lost in Covent Garden Market.
6.cycle through City of Westminster, bypassing 10 Downing Street (yeap, that’s Prime Minister’s Office), Parliament Square, Wesminster Abbey and other beauties.
7. time has come to get on Chelsea Embankment and enjoy the scenery of quite a few bridges over the Thames (Albert is my favorite, especially at night)
8. head to Sloane Square area, first cycling on King’s Road and then going on the ancillary narrow roads of Chelsea.
- Transport for London cycling intiative includes designated quiet cycling routes — link bellow — alongside super highway cycling. Quietway 15 (Belgravia to Earl’s Court is one my favorites, so strongly recommend getting off the high street and exploring )
9. take a “museum route” to Kensington Gardens via South Kensington, catching a glimpse of the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums with Royal Albert Hall further down the street.
10. cycle through the park with a pond on the right hand side and Queen’s summer residence (Kensington Palace) on the left. Finish in one and only Notting Hill.
Hope you will have an amazing ride and find this info useful! Enjoy ;)