The London Bicycle Tour Company is London’s original bike tour, operating since 1991. The tours are safe, suitable for all standards, and offer an exciting way to discover the best sights of London.
Classic London is our most popular tour of central London, covering the classic sights that light up the capital’s skyline from Westminster to the City of London.
Your journey starts from our base.Equipped with a bike, your guide will lead you across Blackfriars Bridge and onto Victoria Embankment along the East-West Cycle Superhighway – London’s latest exciting initiative to improve cycle safety.
The first stop on the boundary of the City of London and the Metropolitan capital. Be enlightened on how the river became slimmer in the 1800s.
Then comes Cleopatra’s Needle and spectacular riverside views of the Southbank with its iconic London Eye. Cycling right under Elizabeth Tower, with Big Ben towering over you.
Stopping in Parliament square to enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster right under the gaze of Winston Churchill, before heading off to Buckingham Palace – via St James’s Park – in time to catch the Changing of the Guard* *subject to happening that day.
If you’re in luck, the royal standard flag will be raised and you may catch a glimpse of the Queen as she takes up residence in her ‘office’.
From here it’s straight to Trafalgar Square to see Lord Nelson on his pedestal guarded by bronze lions not far from elegant fountains.
Next you’ll head to the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, an area renowned for its high-quality restaurants and lively street performers.
Then it’s time to head towards London’s oldest quarter as we enter the heart of the legal district and make our way past Lincoln’s Inn Fields and follow the old cattle routes to Smithfield Market, where we hear of its turbulent past and gruesome medieval history.
A pedal ride later and you’re at the penultimate stop, taking a moment to admire St Paul’s Cathedral before crossing over Blackfriars Bridge and heading back to the wharf.
The tour operates:
DAILY departing at 10.30 hours from Lambeth Towers, 74 Kennington Road, London, SE11 6NL (close to the Imperial War Museum. Nearest tube station is Lambeth North just 5 min walk away)
*Additional departure at 14.30 hrs (July-August only)
Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons on a tour. In the event only 1 person is confirmed for a tour they will be transferred to another tour or refunded in full. Tours operate in all weather. If it has been raining for 15 minutes consecutively at the time the tour was due to depart then clients can if they wish request to transfer to alternative tour or be refunded less a £5.00 admin fee. The only experience required is that all participants can ride a bicycle. If a participant is unable to ride a bicycle safely then they may be asked to stop riding and will not be refunded. Safety helmets are provided free of charge.
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