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Grand London Bike Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Recommended by users of Trip Advisor – One of the top-rated things to do in London
  • See the capital’s most famous monuments as well as places that the tour buses don′t reach
  • Discover bizarre, weird and amazing facts about London!
  • See the world′s smallest police station and the church that inspired the wedding cake
  • The route follows riverside pathways, cycle lanes and park routes, ensuring complete safety at all times
  • Small group tour with no more than 12 people
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3.5 hours (including a break)

    Start time

    10:30am
    Please make sure you arrive atleast 30 minutes prior to departure as the tour will not wait for late arrivals.

    Meeting Point

    The guide will meet outside the entrance to platforms 1 & 2 at Waterloo train station.
    Waterloo train station is located above the underground station, so if you arrive by underground, then go up the escalators into the main train station after you have gone through the ticket barriers, and then follow the clearly marked train platform numbers along until you reach numbers 1 & 2, where you will meet your tour guide.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    See London in all its glory – great monuments as well as hidden treasures – on this enthralling cycle tour.

    As you pedal along, your expert guide will share hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history as well as showing you the ‘must see’ monuments and landmarks.

    Following easy, safe routes such as riverside pathways and cycle lanes, the tour includes highlights such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the magnificent Royal Parks. You will also pedal along the Mall taking in Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden and St Paul's Cathedral.

    Discover unique, strange and amusing elements of this great city. How else would you ever find the world’s smallest police station or an ancient Egyptian tower that has survived 3,000 years; learn about the historic struggle between the town planners and the milkmaids at St. James Park; or discover the church that inspired the wedding cake?!

    Itinerary

    This fascinating guided tour not only shows you a great selection of London’s ‘must-see’ sights and attractions, it also takes you off the beaten track to places that tourist buses cannot reach. Cycling casually alongside riverside pathways, cycle lanes and park routes, ensuring your complete safety at all times, the tour takes you past highlights such as:

    London Eye: At 135-meters (443 ft) high, this is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.

    Big Ben and Houses of Parliament: The graceful neo-gothic Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ‘Big Ben’ is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace and is often used to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well.

    Westminster Abbey: This grand church is the traditional place of coronation and burial of British monarchs.

    Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard: Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence. If the time is right you may see the Changing the Guard ceremony.

    A Secret passageway from Whitehall to Downing Street: A secret entrance to 10 Downing Street lies behind the Cabinet Office at 70 Whitehall. It runs along Cockpit Passage, which was used in the 16th century by the young King Henry VIII to reach his indoor tennis courts.

    Royal Parks: London is famous for its magnificent parks like Hyde Park or St James’s Park. You will stop for a break and refreshments (own expense) in one of the Royal Parks.

    Admiralty Arch: A spectacular archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall and Trafalgar Square.

    World's Smallest Police Station: In a corner of Trafalgar Square, unobserved by most visitors, you will find the world's smallest police station!

    Trafalgar Square: One of the most famous squares in the world. In the middle is Nelson's Column, guarded by four lion statues at its base.

    Benjamin Franklin's residence: Dating from around 1730, this historic building was the home of scientist and ‘Founding Father of America’ Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775.

    Chinatown: In the Soho area of the City of Westminster you will catch the aromas of Chinese cooking and find a colorful concentration of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and souvenir shops.

    Oldest wig shop in London: One of the quirky sights on the tour is the city’s oldest wig shop.

    Cleopatra's Needle: One of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City respectively during the 19th century.

    Covent Garden: Once an important fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden is now one of London's most popular tourist attractions. It is famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House.

    St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street: The beautiful spire of this church designed by Sir Christopher Wren inspired a local baker to make a cake that became the prototype for all modern wedding cakes.

    St Paul’s Cathedral: Also designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this world-famous London landmark sits on top of Ludgate Hill in the City of London.

    The tour takes 3.5 hours and ends back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Bike and helmet rental
    • Bi-lingual guide (English and Spanish)
    • Ponchos are supplied in case of rain

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Children under 8yrs are not permitted on this tour.

    Please note that all tours start 10 minutes after the advertised departure time. If you are late, your fee will not be refunded but you will be able to rearrange the tour depending on availability

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have