On Your Bike! 6 Pretty Spots For Cycling In London

Compared with other cities, London still has far to go in terms of integrating cyclists safely into the transportation system. That being said, it has made great steps in the right direction. You only have to look at the implementation of cycle superhighways and the Santander Cycle (read Boris Bike) rental scheme to notice that great changes are underway. On that note, put your helmet on, strap on your reflective strips and enjoy one of these fun bike rides in and around the capital!


1. Stratford to Waltham Abbey

Setting off from the Olympic Park, this journey follows the River Lea northwards, crossing picturesque riverside paths, beautifully decorated canal boats, plush green parks and vast reservoirs. The final destination is Waltham Abbey, a quaint market town and home to many a cute pub. Be sure to check out Waltham Abbey church, a breathtaking place of worship since the 7th century, the current incarnation of which dates mainly from the early 12th century.

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2. Regent’s Canal


If you work around Camden Town, this would be the perfect afterwork ride to burn a few calories whilst enjoying the sights. It follows the route of the Regent’s Canal past Kings Cross, through the East End and then onto Canary Wharf, where you can admires the architectural wonders that make London truly special. It’s mostly downhill too, which is a plus.

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3. Richmond Park

A jaunt along the Tamsin Trail is the perfect way to discover what Richmond Park has to offer. A former deer park for the royalty, it’s now open for common folk and is a true natural gem on the London map. The Tamsin Trail circles the park and takes from 40 minutes to one hour to loop and thanks to the refreshment stops along the way would be great for a relaxed weekend bike ride.

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4. St James’s Park to Kyoto Garden

[Mark Carnaby]
Traversing St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and ending in Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, this bike right is a quick green fix of some of London’s finest greenery. It’s an easy journey, being mostly flat and lasting around an hour if you take regular stops to look at the scenery. We recommend taking a picnic and enjoying it at the final destination, the Kyoto Gardens, a taste of Japanese tranquillity in a sometimes hectic capital city.

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5. Croydon to Westerham

This route is recommended for experienced cyclists as it follows quite a steep incline and could take up to two hours, if regular stops are taken to look at the absolutely stunning, rolling English landscape. Starting in Croydon, after 30 minutes you’ll be following country lanes through picturesque villages, ending up slightly outside Greater London on the Kent border in the village of Westerham. On the northern edge of the North Downs, this bike trip is lush, green and well worth the journey.

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6. Regents Park to Hampstead Heath

Starting in the ever-popular Sunday hangout spot Regents Park, a bike ride through Queen Mary’s Rose Garden will make a cute start for this journey. After Regent’s Park and the adjacent Primrose Hill, you’ll head through the home of alternative culture Camden Town, before cycling through Kentish Town and on to Hampstead Heath. This expansive space of wooded land and grass fields is the perfect space to have a refreshing ice lolly before heading to The Spaniards Inn, one of London’s oldest and most attractive pubs.

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Featured image: Royal Parks