What’s it like?Leave the hustle and bustle behind and ride along the Thames on London’s best cycle superhighway.
And with minimum traffic along the route, it’ll be a calm ride.When you reach the Island Gardens, take the underground Greenwich Foot Tunnel to the other side.
Lock your bike near the Cutty Sark and grab a picnic or some snacks, then walk to the top of Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory.Enjoy arguably the best view of London – especially on a summer evening.
Why I love it: If a friend is visiting and I want to give them a tour of London, this is the ride I take them on.
On Your Bike by London Bridge is a good place to rent a hybrid or road bike for the rideLocation:
Start near Tower Bridge and follow Cycle Superhighway 3 from Royal Mint Street towards Canary Wharf.Come off CS3 and let the Thames lead the way, all the way to Island Garden.
From there take the Greenwich Foot Tunnel across.Return along the South side of the Thames.
Best for Roadies - Richmond Park What’s it like?
Expect hill repeats, beautiful views and plenty of other people on two wheels to share the experience with.A loop of the park is approximately 5 miles (around 8km), so most serious peddlers tend to repeat the ride to get their workout.
Why I love it:With around 600 deer in the park, you always get to see some wildlife along the way.
Bike rental:Try the cycle rental shop just outside the Richmond Train Station.
Alternatively, On Your Bike by London Bridge hires out road bikes for approximately £49 for four days.Location:
Best for Families - Wandle Trail What’s it like?
Established in 1988, the Wandle Trail is a cycling and walking route that follows the River Wandle – making for a perfect, largely traffic-free ride with kids.Plus, along the way you’ll see a working waterwheel mill.
Why I love it:You are surrounded by greenery almost the entire ride.
Drop the pace as this is a really relaxing cycle: you won’t hear much, other than the gentle stream rolling by.Bike rental:
Location: The trail starts at East Croydon Station and ends by the Thames near Wandsworth Town Station.
Best Short Ride - Hyde ParkWhat’s it like?
If you find yourself in central London with only a couple of hours to spare, I highly recommend a short loop around Hyde Park, along the designated cycle lanes.And there’s always a Santander bike rental docking station. nearby.
Why I love it:Hyde Park connects some of the most beautiful parts of London and it’s a great spot for people watching.
On the north side is a Victorian era pet cemetery – take a peek through the railings.The inscriptions on the tiny gravestones speak of the love Victorians had for their pets.Simply pay at the nearest bike rental docking station with a credit or debit card.There’s an access charge each time, plus a sliding fee depending on how long you use your bike (but under 30 minutes is free!).
For more information about Santander Cycles, see the Transport for London website.
I like starting the loop from Marble Arch.