Matt's Top Pick - 5 cycling spots in London for a great day out

For this blog, I want to share with you my favourite cycling spots around London. I’m sure we can all agree that the same old cycling commute to work can get a little repetitive so cycling around the city on a weekend can help restore some love. It’s also a guaranteed fun day out with a partner or with your cycling buddies, especially when you stop off for a couple of drinks along the way!

These different routes will suit a variety of cycling levels as well as providing a decent/ pleasant ride.

Westminster Bridge to Maltby Street Market

This riverside cycle lane is packed with sightseeing, great food options and plenty of beer to choose from. It’s only a 6km ride and I recommend getting a Santander bike on Lambeth Palace Road to start with. From here, head over Westminster Bridge until you get to Big Ben and then head along Victoria Embankment. You’ll have great views of the London Eye and the South Bank on your right before continuing past Somerset House. Then ride along Upper Thames Street and Lower Thames Street right up to the Tower of London.

Once you’re at the Tower of London cycle across the iconic Tower Bridge and turn right onto Queen Elizabeth Street where you’ll find a Santander docking station on Tooley Street (the walk to Maltby Street Market is less than 10 minutes). When you arrive at Maltby Street Market you’ll be able to enjoy some amazing food followed by the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile. My favourite brewery is The Barrel Project… try The Brux of It beer.

Kings Cross to Portobello Market

This journey will take you from King’s Cross to Portobello Market in a blink of an eye, plus the 10km route is mainly composed of flat quiet roads so you’ll be able to take in all the scenery (without working up too much of a sweat). After joining the Regent’s Canal Towpath, you can pretty much relax and enjoy the views until reaching Camden Town. You’ll cycle past some amazing houses and I’d recommend locking up your bikes in Camden Lock and having a good old explore.

Continuing your trip, you will spot some wildlife at the zoo in Regent’s Park. Plus, there are loads of nice waterside pubs to stop for a quick drink in Little Venice before making your way to the final destination. Weaving down the quiet side streets into the heart of Notting Hill, you’ll find Portobello Market.

Battersea Park to Greenwich

If you love central London and enjoy cycling through the city, a 16km ride from Battersea Park to Greenwich will take your breath away (literally!). Riding along Thames River you will spot all the riverside landmarks including the London Eye, the Globe and Tate Modern. This journey combines quieter roads with traffic-free paths allowing you to explore around. If you want to enjoy some food and drinks on the way you can make a stop at Borough Market or if you are riding with a cycling buddy and want to get competitive, a race to the Royal Observatory can be good fun!

Tottenham Hale to Victoria Park

This ride begins on the towpath just off Ferry Lane and follows the River Lea to Victoria Park. This is a great route for discovering London’s lesser-known waterways and you’ll get some amazing views of Walthamstow Marshes, I’d definitely recommend having an explore.

Once you reach Hackney Wick station, you have the choice of two different final destinations: the Olympic Stadium which can be reached by the towpath running parallel to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or you can follow up to Victoria Park where you can enjoy a coffee or lunch at Pavilion Café through the Hertford Union Canal.

Tamsin Trail - Richmond Park

Looking for a leafy circuit which is great for cyclists? The Tamsin Trail at Richmond Park is the perfect spot. The 12km trail loop connects all corners of the park. Along the way, you’ll pass the Isabella Plantation; a woodland garden with seasonal flowers, the Pembroke Lodge; an 18th-century historical Georgian mansion (which offers afternoon tea if you fancy a treat during the ride), vast wildlife including the royal deer grazing around the park’s meadows and amazing views! Make sure you make your way to the top of the hill for a great view of St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Once you’re done with cycling around the loop you can head into Richmond and explore the many pubs on offer. 

These are only a few of the many places to explore in London. The best thing to do is to jump on a bike and get cycling! If there are any good spots that you think we should give a try, pop us a message and it can maybe be featured in our future blog posts.

Enjoy the ride!

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