8 scenic cycling routes in London

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London might be a bustling metropolis, but believe it or not, it’s also bursting with scenic escapes on two wheels. Ditch the tube and black cabs and discover hidden green spaces, historic landmarks and riverside routes – all from the comfy seat of your bike.

We’ve put together a list of 8 fantastic cycling routes that show off London’s scenic side. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a gentle weekend pedaller, there’s a route here that’s perfect for you. Plus, we’ve even included a helpful little guide to cycling in the capital.

E-bikes in London

Cycling in London 101

Cycling in any big city can be daunting and poses various risks. So, before you set off on your cycling tour of the capital, here are some quick reminders to keep your next ride smooth and safe:

• Helmet: A helmet is essential anywhere you cycle.

• Bell: A bell is a great way to let pedestrians know you’re coming, especially when sharing paths.

• Stay seen: If you’re cycling after dark, use lights and wear reflective clothing to ensure you’re seen by others.

• Sunday cycle: Feeling apprehensive about your first London ride? Choose a quieter day of the week (Sunday perhaps!) and find a relaxed, safe and open space to get some practice in.

• Bike check: Whether you’ve rented an e-bike (Lime, Dott, Santander or Forest) or brought your own, make sure your bicycle is in good condition before you set off. Check your brakes and make sure your tyres are properly inflated.

• Watch for red lights: If cycling on the road, make sure you stop at every red light appropriately – for your safety and others.

If you’re looking to brush up on your cycling knowledge, check out the Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycle Skills course to prepare you for your London ride.

Hyde Park Circular

Distance: 6.5 miles

Person cycling in Hyde ParkFirst up, we’ve got a leisurely 6.5-mile circular route that weaves its way through London’s iconic Hyde Park. With several bike hire points around the park, renting an e-bike is easy! Cycle along the dedicated pathways, surrounded by the lush greenery of this gorgeous central London green space. This route can get busy on sunny days, so try cycling early in the morning or during the week for a more peaceful experience.

Whilst on your two-wheel tour of Hyde Park, keep an eye out for the Serpentine Lido, a haven for Londoners seeking a refreshing dip on a warm day. The circular route also takes you past the Italian Gardens, a visual treat with ornate fountains and statues. And history buffs can also spot landmarks like the Diana Memorial Fountain and the Achilles Statue.

Tower of London to Big Ben

Distance: 3 miles

E-bikes overlooking Big Ben, LondonOur next route takes you to two of London’s most legendary landmarks: the Tower of London and Big Ben. This London bike route is a fantastic way to see some of London’s most iconic landmarks in a short space of time. Clocking in at a casual 3 miles, it’s perfect for a morning spin or a leisurely afternoon cruise.

Start your journey at the Tower of London, a historic fortress that’s guarded numerous royal treasures over the centuries. The route then follows the Thames Path westward only a dedicated cycling and walking track that offers a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Get ready for some stunning riverside views along this route and keep your eyes peeled for eyes including the Shard, Tate Modern, the London Eye and last but not least, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster.

Hammersmith, Barnes & Putney Bridge Circular

Distance: 7.8 miles

Putney Bridge, LondonLooking for a relaxing yet scenic London bike ride? Look no further than the charming Hammersmith, Barnes & Putney Bridge circular! This 7.8-mile loop is perfect for cyclists of all abilities, taking you along the banks of the River Thames and past some of London’s prettiest parks.

Starting in Hammersmith, we recommend Furnivall Gardens, head west along the Thames path, offering delightful riverside views. As you cycle southwards, you’ll reach Barnes Bridge, where you’ll cross the river and begin cycling northwards, passing the Leg O Mutton nature reserve.

Take a quick detour to explore the historic Barnes Wetland Centre – a great place to learn about the local wildlife. Back on the route, the path takes you over Putney Bridge, providing panoramic views of the Thames. You’ll then wind your way through some quiet residential streets before returning to Furnivall Gardens.

Regent’s Park Outer Circle

Distance: 2.8 miles

Regent's Park pathReady to take a spin around one of the best cycling routes in London? Regent’s Park Outer Circle is a 2.8-mile loop perfect for a quick escape from the city bustle and offering a good dose of fresh air.

Glide along the trail with lush trees lining your route, dappling sunlight on your path. But the Regent’s Park Outer Circle is more than just a lovely London bike route (although let’s be honest, it is pretty!). It’s also a fantastic option for cyclists of all abilities. The path is nice and wide, providing ample space for everyone to ride comfortably. Plus, the terrain is mostly flat making it a popular spot for London’s cycling community.

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Little Venice to Camden Lock (along Regent’s Canal)

Distance: 2.5 miles

Cyclists on Regent's CanalHop on your bike for a delightful 2.5-mile journey along the Regent’s Canal, from the quaint charm of Little Venice to the buzzy vibrancy of Camden Lock. The Regent’s Canal is a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists alike. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for everyone. The towpath is nice and wide, so you can cruise along at your own pace, soaking in the city sights and sounds.

Make sure to keep your camera handy! You’ll want to capture the delightful houseboats lining the banks and the quirky cafés tempting you with delicious treats.

Battersea Park to Greenwich

Distance: 10.3 miles

Battersea ParkTrade the city bustle for some riverside breeze with this 10.3-mile route from Battersea Park to Greenwich. Pass the Big Smoke’s iconic landmarks, cruise alongside the glistening Thames and soak up all of the capital’s charm on this lengthy London cycle route.

Begin your journey in the sprawling green embrace of Battersea Park. Breathe in the fresh air and maybe even snap a pic with the iconic Battersea Power Station in the background. Heading east and up the Thames, catch a glimpse of the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge and even the futuristic skyscrapers of the City of London and Canary Wharf on your travels!

Victoria Park Circular

Distance: 2.7 miles

Women cycling through park on an e-bikeFancy a relaxing pedal through a slice of east London’s history? Then grab your e-bike and head to Victoria Park! This 2.7-mile circular route is perfect for an afternoon spin or a quick escape from the city buzz.

Victoria Park itself is an east London gem, boasting over 170 years of providing locals with green spaces. As you cycle along the park’s perimeter, you’ll be treated to sights of the boating lake, ornamental gardens and maybe even a friendly game of cricket. The path is mostly flat and traffic-free, making it a great option for cyclists of all abilities. Fancy a pitstop? There are plenty of cafés, kiosks and pubs scattered throughout and around the park to grab a refreshing drink or a post-cycle pint.

Richmond Park to Hampton Court

Distance: 4.8 miles

Person cycling in Richmond Park with native deer in the foregroundCalling all history buffs and cycling enthusiasts! This route is a delightful blend of scenic beauty and royal heritage, all within easy distance of central London.

Start your journey in the lush meadows of Richmond Park. Keep an eye out for the park’s famous residents – the red and fallow deer – as you cycle southward along the peaceful paths. Once you’ve had your fill of the park’s charm, head towards Kingston Upon Thames and the River Thames. Heading west, marvel at the grandeur of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace and grounds. This former residence of Henry VIII is a true marvel of Tudor architecture and a fascinating glimpse into England’s past.