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Taking In The Sights Of London On Bike

As London continues to become more accommodating to cyclists, here at B&B Belgravia we find ourselves in a great location for those looking to discover the many landmarks that the capital has to offer.

Despite public transport being comprehensive in London, taking the tube can mean you miss out on many sights, and on a warm day / rush hour it can be hot and uncomfortable; whilst London’s bus network leaves you at the mercy of traffic jams.

Here at B+B Belgravia we are lucky enough to have 3 London Cycle Hire docking stations within a 5-minute walk of our front door, however we would recommend turning right from our front door and walking to the end of Ebury Street. Here you should find many blue Boris bikes available for you to hire for the day. The pricing scheme is unique in that it promotes short travel, and after paying £1 for a 24 hour access fee and removing the bike from the docking station, you are then charged on the time it takes you to return the bike to any docking station across the capital. For every journey under 30 minutes not charged any extra, and those under an hour only charged £1 and so on. For more information on the charges for the scheme click here.

Providing the weather is nice, we would recommend taking an 8-mile route that takes in most of London’s major landmarks including Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

  • After leaving our bed and breakfast, start cycling towards Knightsbridge, where you will pass through Sloane Square before reaching Knightsbridge tube station. We would recommend parking up your bike at one of the docking stations here so that you can take in the world famous Harrods department store.
  • Hopping back on your bike, ride through the grounds of Hyde Park up to Marble Arch and then along Oxford Street.
  • After continuing along the world famous shopping street either on foot or by bike, stop at the Oxford Circus intersection, turn right and head Regents Street to pass Liberty London and Hamley’s Toy Shop before reaching Piccadilly Circus. It is worth parking your bike up here and then walking across to Covent Garden, via Leicester Square – don’t worry it’s not a long walk, only 15 minutes or so.
  • After seeing the sights around this part of London, jump back onto a bike and head onto the Embankment, where you will find yourself opposite the London Eye until you reach Westminster where you will come across Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Round Parliament Square to go down past Whitehall and Downing Street before reaching Trafalgar Square. Here you will need to pass through Admiralty Arch to go onto the Mall, heading towards Buckingham Palace.
  • Once at the palace your 8 or so mile round trip of London would be near complete and you would have taken in the vast majority of London’s major landmarks. If you’re feeling a bit tired by now, don’t worry – you’re almost back at the Bed and Breakfast, as we’re less than a mile from the front gates of palace.

If you are considering using this form of transport, you will find that It’s a great way to get fit and to also explore the capital providing the weather holds up. Here are a few tips from Transport For London on how to stay safe when cycling around London.

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