The Old City bike tour takes you off the beaten path to discover London as a 'working city', from Roman times to the present day. Learn about the grit, the grime & the glory that has made London the great metropolis it is today. Get up close to St Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market, the Bank of England and Tower of London. Riding a classic English Pashley bicycle with your very own local London tour guide, follow quaint historic street and cobbled lanes across the oldest parts of the city. Along the way you'll stop off at the oldest Thames riverside pub where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of beer with your group. Then its back on the bikes as you follow in the footsteps of pirates and smugglers back to civilisation.
Explore the old streets of the City of London and the East End with its melting pot of history, cultures, street art, and industry. Discover hidden inner city canals, old shipping docks, an ancient Roman wall, Harry Potter film locations, ride over iconic Tower Bridge, and much more! Along the way we stop for a pint of traditional ale in the oldest Thames riverside pub in London. Hear tales of sailors and smugglers from your guide and see the noose where pirates met a grizzly end!Meeting your friendly guide at the Travel Cafe in Waterloo, you'll be be offered a selection of comfortable hand-built British bicycles to choose from. Setting out, you'll follow your guide along quaint historic street and cobbled lanes across the oldest parts of the city stopping frequently to soak up the atmosphere and hear fun facts and stories. Get up close to St Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market (home of the Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter), the Bank of England, an unexpected fragment of the original Roman wall, and majestic Tower of London standing next to Tower Bridge. Learn what it truly means to be a Cockney by the church of St-Mary-le-Bow, and take in the illustrious history of the Corporation of London at Guildhall. Heading further east, you'll ride along picturesque inner city canals and see the old docks that used to be the centres of trade in London. Along the way you'll stop off at the oldest Thames riverside pub where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of beer with your group, right next to the hangman's noose where many dangled over the river for their crimes. Then its back on the bikes as you follow in the footsteps of pirates and smugglers back to civilisation via beautiful St Katherine's Dock and an ancient church overgrown with greenery. This tour is 12 miles and lasts approximately 4 hours.