It goes without saying that being a tourist in London gives you so many alternatives for what to do with your time. Besides the Big Ben, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace and all other popular tourist attractions, London is home of the most beautiful parks in Europe as well as some breathtaking cycling routes. In this article, we’re going to present to you some of the best cycling paths you absolutely need to enjoy if you’re visiting London. So, no matter if you come here with your own road bike or decide to enjoy a pay-as-you-go set of wheels, these scenic central routes in London will make the perfect bicycle trips.
Battersea Park to Greenwich
With a total length of 16 kilometers and a difficulty level that is set to medium for beginner cyclists, this route along the Thames is part of Route 4 of the National Cycle Network. It is packed with a lot of highlights such as the Globe, the Tate Modern or the London Eye and it perfectly combines traffic-free roads with amazing landscapes. If you decide to try this route out, make sure to do it at your own pace and even stop at the Borough Market as an extra cultural experience. A visit to the Royal Observatory is also a must and a well-deserved prize for finishing the 16-kilometer route.
Limehouse Basin to London Fields
Spreading over just 6 kilometers, this route on a not-so-popular section of the Regent’s Canal has everything a good cycling path should have. Riding through east London, this biking path will take you to three really beautiful parks. Leaving the Limehouse, take the Thames Path heading to Islington. On your way you’re going to admire a vibrant canal community and as you’ll reach the narrow green strip of Mile End Park you can take some time off and just relax on the grass. After your well-deserved break, it’s back on the canal to head north towards Victoria Park and further down to Broadway Market. If you’re biking on this path during weekends, this is probably the point you’ll jump off you bike to make it easier to tackle the tourists. Finally, if you came prepared, you can take refreshing dip at London Fields Lido or enjoying some high-quality mobile slots on PokiesWay before hopping back on your bike.
The Tower of London to Big Ben
Without doubt one of the routes that will have you pass the most tourist attractions, this riverside biking path takes you to a veritable tour of the very heart of London. It has the extra advantage of also following one of the big cycle lanes so you will be able to focus more on the sights rather than making sure you don’t run over anyone.
Start at the Tower of London then pedal your way towards Lower Thames Street passing by the Monument on your right as well as the Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern on your left. Then, admire the awesome Somerset House before going further along Victoria Embankment with excellent water edge view points of the London Eye. Then keep on cycling and you will have a head-on meeting with Big Ben in front of the Palaces of Westminster for what certainly is a grand finale for a sightseeing tour. Also, we did mention the bicycle lane earlier, however, you still need to make sure that you keep your eyes on the road at least half of the time to avoid any incidents.
These are the most exciting urban biking paths in London that combine the love for two wheels with an extraordinary city. Of course, there’s also an infinite number of routes in London’s major parks as well as other hidden gems. Don’t hesitate to share your favorite routs in the comment section and let everyone know about the wonders you can enjoy on two wheels.