- London, SE1
- (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Discover the deepest darkest secrets of London’s past and explore corners most tourists don’t get to see on this unique bike ride around the city’s oldest quarter.
The medieval City of London is where it all began and you will experience the rich history and diverse architecture that will delight you at every corner. Now the heart of the financial district, the past and present collide as historic sights and ancient buildings jostle for space with modern skyscrapers such as the Gherkin, Walkie Talkie and the world famous Shard. Grab a bike and follow your enthusiastic tour guide through the historical heart of our pulsating capital city.
The tour begins next to the River Thames in Gabriel's Wharf where you'll follow it east with the magnificent Tower Bridge on the horizon. Look out for the Tate Modern Art Gallery, a remarkable former power station now home to some of the world’s finest modern art. Further along the river you will pass the New Globe Theatre, a beautiful replica of the original Elizabethan theatre made famous by William Shakespeare, whose plays are still performed there now!
The next stop is Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market offering a tantalising array of street food and fresh local produce. After pedalling across London’s most iconic river crossing, Tower Bridge, you will learn the gory history of the Tower of London, its famous prisoners and infamous beheadings!
Continuing the historical theme you will head into the old Dockyards, an atmospheric maze of warehouses and alleyways, mostly redeveloped into exclusive housing. There’s time for a well-earned drink at the Captain Kidd, one of London’s oldest pubs with fantastic views across the Thames to Canary Wharf and its neighbouring skyscrapers.
Feeling refreshed it’s time to enter the real East End of London, famous for its industrial legacy and multicultural atmosphere. You'll stop just outside the Roman City walls at Aldgate to discuss the horrible history of Jack the Ripper. In 1888 this part of town was the scene of five brutal murders but the murders remain shrouded in mystery and the culprit never caught.
Pass through the gates of the City of London and you enter what is known as “the square mile”, London’s financial and business district. You will see splendid examples of traditional architecture as you pass the Royal Exchange, Mansion House and the Guildhall while the shining glass of modern skyscrapers fight for your attention.
There is time for one last stop to admire St. Paul's Cathedral, its glorious dome a firm feature of the London skyline. As you cross the river to return to Gabriel’s Wharf take a moment to catch one last glimpse of the city skyline and revel in your new-found knowledge of our magnificent city.Read Less
- Bicycle Hire
- Guided tour of London
- Safety equipment