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Explore the history and breathtaking urban landscapes by cycling both banks of London’s famous Thames river. Embark on an incredible bike tour adventure and experience London in a whole new way.
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Cycle along both banks of the Thames River and listen to an expert tour guide sharing tales of legend and fact about a city that has united against Great Plagues, Fire and War, while developing into the cradle of modern civilization and commerce. For lunch, wander through the aromas of London's oldest and largest food market (not included) before cycling across London's Tower Bridge.
- Duration: 5.5 hour(s)
- Available: Thu, Fri, Sat
- Pick-up: Not available
- Inclusion: English-speaking guide / Bike / Helmet (provided but optional) / Fully guided tour by bike along the London River Thames / Stop for snack (cost not included)
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Schedule & Location
Time & Location
Time & Location
10:15 You will find your tour guide holding a sign between 10:15am & 10:35am
10:35 Depart on your London bike tour along the River Thames
The London EyeDespite being widely ridiculed when it first opened, the London Eye is now one of the most recognizable and loved structures in London. On a clear day, it offers you a truly unparalleled, panoramic view of the city.
Tower BridgeOne of the most stunning and iconic bridges in the world, Tower Bridge was built 60 years into the reign of Queen Victoria and during the height of the British Empire. You'll have the opportunity to take photos at its most spectacular vantage point then actually get the chance to cycle across it.
Shakespeare’s GlobeHave you ever used the expressions: to kill with kindness, one fell swoop, or dead as a doornail? In the shadows of the historically accurate recreation of the Globe Theatre, learn about the less trumpeted side of William Shakespeare and his direct impact on our 21st century lives.
Borough MarketOpen Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A hidden, culinary gem in London with a history going back 900 years, Borough Market offers the finest food from all over the world. We'll break for about an hour, giving you free time, grab a snack and still enjoy a pint at a local English pub with your guide.
St. Paul's CathedralSt. Paul's Cathedral is the defining masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren's architectural genius. In more modern times, this is where the world mourned the loss of Sir Winston Churchill and celebrated the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Tower of LondonOriginally built by William the Conqueror, this World Heritage site has been used as a royal residence, prison, observatory, treasury, mint, and even a zoo. The top of the list of recognizable prisoners includes: Saint Thomas More, Sir Walter Raleigh, Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn.
London BridgeThere has been over 10 bridges on this site dating back to Roman times nearly 2000 years ago. Some were carried away by the tides, others burnt down and one was pulled down by a vengeful king giving rise to the famous nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down".
Big BenAttached to the houses of parliament, Big Ben actually refers to the 13 tonne hour-bell within the clock tower. London first heard the chimes on May 31, 1859.
The MonumentThe Monument was built by Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666. The magnificent 61-metre column acts as a symbol of London's faith in itself and offers an amazing panorama of the surrounding area.
Leadenhall MarketThis fantastic, off the beaten track market sits at what was once the centre of Roman London. Here you'll learn about how Roman London was reduced to a thin layer of ash by Queen Boudicca. Fans of Harry Potter will recognise it as the real life setting of Diagon Alley, filmed on location here.
15:30 The tour ends
Required Items to Bring & Attire
- Please wear clothes that are easy to move in and bring gloves if it is cold.
Where is the meeting point for the London River Thames Bike Tour?
- The morning and evening tours meet directly outside Southwark Underground Station (Jubilee Line) where you will see your guide holding a sign.
Is the London River Thames Bike Tour difficult?
- There is a lot of riding on the road for this tour itinerary. You must be confident on a bike.
London River Thames Bike Tour spends more time on roads than other bike tours in London (check out the Royal London Bike Tour if you want to avoid roads as this itinerary is mostly in the Royal Parks of London and away from traffic). The cycling is not intimidating or strenuous but if you are not a confident cyclist then we recommend the Royal London Bike Tour as a better option for you. Children are welcome on this tour but should be competent and confident on a bike.
What happens if it rains?
- The tours run rain or shine and plenty of rain ponchos are available. The tours in the rain can be a different kind of fun and an even more fun memory! If you have a reservation and the weather is really bad, you are welcome to reschedule the tour for any other day for up to year but you must call to arrange in advance.
Do we stop for lunch on the London River Thames Bike Tour?
- Yes. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you will stop at Borough market, London's oldest and most atmospheric food market, which has a huge selection of food from around the world. There is also the opportunity to have a pint at a pub. On every other day you will have the option of cafes, a fish & chip restaurant or a pub. Lunch is not included in the tour price.
Where does the London River Thames Bike Tour end?
- The tour finishes at the same place it starts.
Do we go inside the sites and attractions of London?
- No, the London River Thames Bike Tour offers an overview of the sites and more about getting a feel for the city. There;s plenty of photo opportunities in front of many famous landmarks like the London Eye and Tower Bridge.
Is there a space to store bags or luggage?
- There is limited space for luggage to be left in the garage, and you can strap smaller bags to the rack on the back of the bikes.
Can I supply my own bike on the London River Thames Bike Tour?
- All bikes are provided but you are welcome to bring your own bicycle and will receive a discount of 10%. The insurance only covers the theft of tour bicycles, so please do bring your own lock for the lunch stop. Advise at time of booking if you intend to bring your own bike to qualify for the discount.
Do you have children's bikes?
- Yes. Limited amount of children's bikes and baby seats are available. Unfortunately there are no tag-alongs available for this tour. You and your children will need to be comfortable cycling alongside traffic for this tour, so if you are at all unsure about your child's ability to cycle on the roads in London, the Royal London Bike Tour might be the better option for you because the bulk of the itinerary is designed to ride through London's Royal Parks. Please be sure to specify at time of booking.
Are helmets provided on the London River Thames Bike Tour?
- Yes. You are not compelled by law to wear helmets in the UK, but we have more than enough for everyone so the choice is entirely yours.
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