The West End of London is a glamorous and vibrant part of town, famous for theatre, shopping, history and culture. If you want to see all of the city’s top royal sights, soak up unique London culture and explore its green parks and historical backstreets then this is the tour for you.
We start from our riverside cycle hire centre at Gabriel's Wharf and head into the quaint red-brick back streets of Waterloo. Our first stop is the the Old Vic Theatre, a world class venue recently revived by hollywood actor Kevin Spacey. Following the alluring smell of fresh street food into Lower Marsh Market we quickly enter Leake Street, a hidden tunnel covered in ever changing colourful street art.
Time for some fresh air in Archbishop's Park before admiring the traditional tudor architecture of Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence next to the river. Crossing to the north of the river we are transported back in time as we pedal through lanes of traditional red brick houses to the yard of Westminster Abbey School, one of England’s oldest and most exclusive schools. In this quiet courtyard take a moment to marvel at Westminster Abbey and its impressive legacy of royal coronations, weddings and burials.
A short ride takes us to Horse Guard’s Parade, a historic sporting ground in Henry VIII’s time for jousting tournaments, and more recently the 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball. Cruise through the soothing greenery of St James’ Park and we reach Clarence House and Buckingham Palace to see if the Queen or her family are at home. There’s even time to catch the famous Changing of the Guard on certain days.
A leisurely cycle through Hyde Park takes us to Mayfair, where the super rich reside and designer shops line the streets. The lively shopping area of Carnaby Street has long been a centre for the cool crowd, a favourite haunt of the mods and hippies of the 1960s and the stomping ground for the iconic British bands The Who and the Rolling Stones. With music on our mind we head to Soho, the party capital of London before pedalling through the atmospheric alleyways of Chinatown. On our way to Covent Garden we pass through the heart of theatreland, where you will see the Royal Opera House, home to the Royal Ballet.
There’s time to take in some refreshments and enjoy some street performance in the market piazza of Covent Garden before heading back to the river and across Waterloo Bridge.
You will finish this tour feeling excited about London and knowing much more about its rich history and culture.
All tours start at our bicycle hire centre in Gabriel's Wharf where we provide bikes and all safety equipment.