Themed bicycle rides in Westminster
Discover the sights, shops, food and history of the borough on guided group bicycle tours.
Published: 8 January 2021
Last updated: 8 January 2021
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Wealthy and celebrity Westminster
Discover the City of Westminster’s Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Mayfair where the super-rich live, socialise and shop. There are 80 billionaires in London, more than in any other city in the world, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2015, and this 8-mile ride shows you how they spend and invest some of their money.
Westminster's finest chocolate tasting
You’d expect to find some of the world’s best chocolatiers in Westminster; this route helps you to choose your favourites. Expect to spend a pound or two in each shop.
Westminster antique shops and auction houses
A 5-mile ride introducing many of Westminster’s centres for antique shopping and some of the many dealers in works of art, vintage cars, first editions and all kinds of other collectibles. It is best ridden mid-to-late week, when every place open. Many are also open on Saturday, though very few are open Sunday.
Published in 1966, Nairn’s London is perhaps the most provocative, inspiring and elegantly written book on London’s buildings. Half a century on it has been republished by Penguin. This ride provides a good route to see a selection of the buildings still standing and read some of the best writing.
The City of Westminster has wildlife in its parks, canals and, of course, at the London Zoo. This ride includes those plus sightings of human representations of wildlife; some of real creatures and some of mythical ones. You can try and time your ride to catch the pelicans being fed in St James’s Park between 2.30pm and 3pm.
Westminster public and street art
This 8-mile ride covers some of the most famous, and sometimes controversial, public art (officially commissioned or permitted to be installed) and street art (unofficial, but occasionally left in situ) in the City of Westminster. Throughout the ride it’s worth keeping an eye out for ‘No Entry’ signs with sticker overlays by Florence-based street artist Clet Abraham.
Westminster rock n pop
A 7-mile ride covering the highlights of rock and pop in the City of Westminster, with suggested tracks for each stop.
A 7-mile ride tracking a few of Westminster’s lion statues. More can be found in ‘London Pride, the 10,000 Lions of London’ by Valerie Colin-Russ. The ride is best done on Sunday mornings as much of the ride is on major streets.
Discoveries, creations and inventions in the southern part of Westminster. This 6-mile ride includes, alongside many other 'firsts':
- the first public building in the world to be entirely lit by electricity
- the London home of Benjamin Franklin, 'The First American' and inventor of the lightning rod
- the site of the world's first demonstration of television
- the incredible institution in which Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Strontium, Barium, Boron, Chlorine, Iodine and Argon were discovered
- the place where the first traffic lights in the world were installed, and;
- the building from which Dracula first emerged
Beatles by bike
Discover highlights of the Beatles’ history in central London on this 6-mile ride, with suggested tracks for each stop. Highlights include:
- the birthplace of Beatlemania and the site of the last ever live Beatles performance;
- the gallery where John Lennon met Yoko Ono and the club where Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman
- the studio in which ‘Hey Jude’ was recorded, and the Abbey Road studios and famous zebra crossing
- the building in which ‘Yesterday’ and ‘I Want to Hold your Hand’ were written