One of the best ways to see London is by getting on your bike. And don’t worry if you don’t own one of your own, because within half a mile of Dolphin Square there are now five bike hire (Boris Bike) docking stations, with the closest being just a stone’s throw away in St. George’s Square.
Once you have chosen the dock you want to set off from (and you’ve registered) then all you need to do is decide where you want to go. It’s definitely best to plan your route before you leave, as journeys under 30 minutes are free, with only a 24 hour £2 access fee to pay.
From SW1 to…
10 minute cycle: Chelsea
Leaving from St. George’s Square, taking a leisurely ten-minute cycle through Belgravia and you’ll arrive in Sloane Square, where you can park up your bike on nearby Sedding Street. Enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch followed by an afternoon wandering down the King’s Road and if you don’t become ladened with shopping bags you can hop back on a bike later in the day. Also a great way to burn off those calories from brunch.
15 minute cycle: Big Ben
Living in London doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the city’s best tourist sights once in a while, and in less than 15 minutes you can cycle from Pimlico direct to Westminster. Here you can park up and take your pick of sights to see, or you can carry on your bike ride along the winding riverbank, but beware of the traffic as you go.
20 minute cycle: The National Theatre
Avoid a long cab journey stuck in traffic on the way to the theatre by reaching London’s South Bank by bike. There are a few docks to choose from in and around Waterloo so if the bike banks are full you have different options, helping you to get to your show on time.
30 minute cycle: Borough Market
The highlight of many Londoners’ weekends is the chance to get their hands on some delicious breakfast from the stalls at Borough Market. Work up an appetite by cycling for around 30 minutes from Pimlico and park up near to the market before you get exploring. Forget the tube and the traffic jams and get some exercise at the same time.
Check back here for more of the best bike rides from SW1, coming soon