Celebrating another summer of cycling events and activities, Westminster City Council have released 4 new bike tours in the city which take in some of London’s most iconic and unusual sights.
The themed routes, led by qualified instructors, cater to a variety of tastes, allowing everyone from celeb spotters to chocolate lovers to indulge their passions from the saddle.
The 4 new bike tours are:
Discover where the super-rich, live, socialise, shop and spend their money:
The tour starts at the epitome of super-prime development, One Hyde Park, before continuing along to Belgravia and through Eaton Square. Visit the Queen’s London residence then up to St. James’s, where the wealthy socialise in some of the most exclusive private members clubs. Later, explore the tangle of streets in Mayfair tucked behind Park Lane.
Sweet tooth’s can be indulged along a 5-mile route:
The tour starts at Rococo Chocolate’s flagship store with its Moorish courtyard oasis and a glass window in the shop floor which will let you spy into the kitchen. Visit Britain’s oldest chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker, founded in 1975 – one of only a few chocolatiers to hold a Royal Warrant. Finish at one of London’s most flamboyant shops at Choccywoccydoodah, a specialist in "one-off sculptured fantasies".
Published in 1966, the Nairn's London tour will show you buildings you may have passed hundreds of times but never noticed:
The tour starts at The Economist Building, St James’s Street: "This is where the angriest of Britain’s young architects were finally given their chance." Next, view The Salisbury, St Martin’s Lane: "Real West End glitter, with all the stops out." Finish with Hyde Park Corner Screen: "It must be taken for granted more often than any other building in London…"
The antiques and auction houses tour will enable you to see the best of the best in antique shopping:
Visit the world’s oldest auction house, Christie's, which has been selling some of the most finest art, jewellery and furniture since 1766. See some of the best quality and rarest first edition books at Peter Harrington Rare Books. (Please note: The antiques won’t be on sale, but you can browse the Wallace Collection for unsurpassed displays of French 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain.) Browse over 150 stalls at Church Street Market and see if you can find something priceless. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of something really special, take this ride mid-to-late week when more of the auction houses will be open.
Westminster City Council has partnered with Cycle Confident to deliver a total of 10 themed led rides for free. The family-friendly rides have been designed by experienced cycle instructors to allow all abilities to enjoy London by bike.
Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council’s cycling champion, said: "These tours are a fantastic way to visit some of Westminster's best known landmarks and also discover some of its best kept secrets."
For cyclists wanting to go it alone or arrange their own trips, Westminster’s led cycle rides are available to download.