5 brilliant bike rides in and around London

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Despite its reputation as a sprawling metropolis, London includes many fantastic spots which are best seen on a bike, and plenty of stunning spaces to explore on two wheels! We’ve compiled this quick guide to 5 brilliant bike rides in and around the city, ideal for free-spirited travellers to try this month…

Tottenham Marshes to Victoria Park

Starting off at Tottenham Marshes, this route allows you to take in the River Lea, following the towpath through one of the city’s lesser-known spaces. Whilst most are familiar with the Thames, the River Lea is a waterway which is rarely mentioned in touristic guide books, but it is nonetheless very beautiful.

Once you reach Hackney Wick, you can follow the towpath which travels through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This gives you access to all the incredible attractions on offer at this London mainstay, including great cafes and the chance to explore the spot which hosted the London 2012 Olympic Games during your stay at the Montcalm Shoreditch.

Regent’s Canal to Little Venice

This route follows the Regent’s Canal through to the beautiful surroundings of Little Venice, which is home to not only incredible waterways, but an array of cafes and pubs with great views. You’ll pass through Islington and London Zoo, and will have surely worked up an appetite before heading to restaurants in Shoreditch for a celebratory meal.

Thames Sightseeing

Travelling along the Thames offers the opportunity to see many of the city’s most impressive sights, including everything from Big Ben to the Palace of Westminster. On this trip, you’ll set off from Westminster Pier, before heading past the Tate Britain and Battersea Park.

At Wandsworth Bridge, switch to the Thames Path and push your bicycle through some beautiful parkland before finding yourself at Fulham Palace, where you can start cycling once more. The route comes to a stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and is one of the most scenic ways to experience the city while enjoying M by Montcalm Shoreditch packages.

Downs and Wealds Excursion

This bicycle route begins in Greenwich, and allows cyclists to travel to Hastings while heading through both Brighton and Eastbourne along the way. The entire trip is 164 miles, so its best to split it into at least a couple of different trips. The London and Brighton leg of the journey can be completed by stopping here to rest, before continuing on for a more enjoyable experience.

Epping Forest

Perfect for anyone who feels like getting away from it all, this trip takes place entirely away from traffic, with cycle paths galore on a leisurely route of approximately eight miles. Along the way, you’ll see lots of places to rest and grab a few refreshments, and its only around 30 minutes on the train to the beginning of the route, though given how peaceful it all is, you could easily feel like you’re much further from the capital than that.