With the days getting longer and brighter *we’re still hopeful*, there’s more chances than ever to get on your bike and ride around some of London’s best secret spots. London City Cycling have very helpfully put together some wheelie great secret routes that sound perfect for those bright spring days. All you have to do is print them off and go go go!
1. The Rhythm and Style of East London
This tour uses Brick Lane as its backdrop, so start off at Rough Trade records and navigate the backstreets of East London. Explore galleries, vintage shops and local pubs to round off your trip with a cheeky ice cold pint. Discover in more detail here.
2. Heading North Through Markets and Waterways
Starting off at Borough Market, this tour will take you around some of the best markets for food and all things eclectic. Weather permitting, the bike rides around Regent’s Canal and Victoria Park will be one for the ‘gram and round it off with a ride through the part of London that never dies – Camden Town. Discover in more detail here.
3. A Laid-Back Ride Through South London
Another tour starting off at Borough Market, this one instead takes you further south of the river along some of the prettiest streets and parks in this part of London. Dulwich Village is the final resting stop (and keep an eye out for cute dachshunds – apparently they’re the local dog of choice). Discover in more detail here.
4. Museums, Street Art and Craft Beer in East London
Expect to find some gems on this East London tour which takes you from Old Spitalfields Market and conveniently, finishes at Crate Brewery, which houses some of the best craft beer in this big city. And psst! They also do really good stonebaked pizza because hey, all that bike riding sure works up an appetite! Discover in more detail here.
5. The Markets and Squares of North London
If you’re a market lover of any kind, this tour is the one for you. Expect to find all the street food markets, flowers and drinks you could possibly want on an idle afternoon. This route also highlights the beautiful mix of architecture in our lovely city, so expect to come across some brilliant buildings and parkways. Discover in more detail here.
6. Peckham’s Diversity
Recently just named the best place to live in London, now is definitely a great time for this tour! It starts off at PeckhamPlex where cinema tickets are always only £4.99 *cue disbelief* and weaves its way around some of the quirkiest streets in the area. Finishing off along Peckham Rye Park and a bar, this tour has been craftily managed to help you get the best out of Peckham. Discover in more detail here.
All the London City Cycling routes, along with safety tips and bike hire advice, can be found here.
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