On Your Bike! 6 Wheely Good Routes For Cycling In London

Celebrate the inaugural World Bicycle Day with some pedal power, by taking one of these charming cycling routes.

On its worst days, the Tube is dark, cramped, and sweaty. So why not feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, with a leisurely pedal down the best cycling routes in London? It’s easy to hire a bike in London – here’s where to go next.

1. Stratford to Waltham Abbey

Photo: @tmnikonian

All the inspiration you need to complete this one comes at the start. It begins in Olympic Park, scene of some rather historic British cycling victories back in 2012. You don’t need to be Chris Hoy to tackle this route, as it takes a leisurely meander up the River Lea. Take in the sights of the wonderful Walthamstow Wetlands as you head north, to the end point at Waltham Abbey, a quaint market town that’s home to many a cute pub, and a rather splendid church.

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2. Regent’s Canal

Photo: @elodie_london

Here at Secret London HQ, we’re rather familiar with the overburdened hellscape that is Camden Town station. So we’ll heartily endorse any cycling route that negates the need to go there. This route follows Regent’s Canal past Kings Cross, through the East End and then onto Canary Wharf, although you can take it the other way to see ZSL London Zoo, Little Venice, and Paddington Basin. Quite the charmer.

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3. Richmond Park

Photo: @simonfromengland

Wonderfully wild, Richmond Park is unlike any other park in London. A jaunt along the Tamsin Trail is the perfect way to discover what Richmond Park has to offer – it circles the park, taking 40-60 minutes to complete. Keep your eyes peeled for the herd of deer roaming wild and free, and once you’re done, head somewhere pretty for a bite to eat. We’d suggest the fairytale Hollyhock Cafe for a big ol’ slice of cake. You’ve earned it!

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4. St James’s Park to Kyoto Garden

Photo: @_felice_c

If you want to live the park life, take this cycling route. It traverses St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and ends at the magical Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Green as you like, and quite flat too, this is a gentle jaunt through some of London’s prettiest spots. Take a picnic to eat at Holland Park, or hop back on the bike and strike out for the cafes and bakeries of Notting Hill for a bite to eat.

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5. Croydon to Westerham

Photo: @stewart_mckeown

One for the southernmost of South Londoners, is this one. Especially since it takes you almost all the way to Kent. Alright, stop the howls of “that’s not London!” because this is a bucolic beauty. The (ahem) charms of Croydon quickly give way to rolling hills and scenic English countryside, ending up on the very edge of the wonderful Kent Downs. Of all these cycling routes, it’s probably the steepest, but the views and country air provide a perfect payoff.

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6. Regents Park to Hampstead Heath

Photo: @vexell

From one beautiful London park to another. Starting at Regents Park, you can cycle through Queen Mary’s Rose Garden and on to Primrose Hill. Dodge tourists in Camden, and then mosey on up to Hampstead Heath, where the views from Parliament Hill are worth all that pedalling. From here, you can wander around the faded splendour of the Hampstead Pergola, take a dip in one of the Hampstead bathing ponds, or sink a pint at The Spaniards Inn, one of London’s oldest pubs.

Check out a possible route here.