Royal London Bike Tour

The Ultimate Royal London Bike Tour

If you're new to London or even if you already know all the words to ‘God Save The Queen', this guided bike tour has something for you!

Whether talking about Kings, Queens & Princesses, palaces, parks & parliament, or battles and their heroes & villains, our knowledgeable tour guides will entertain you with the most poignant, fascinating and often downright absurd London stories, while our comfortable bikes and smooth route make cycling between sites fun and undemanding.

The Royal Parks are often referred to as the lungs of London, so we will make sure that you breath in fresh air and fascinating facts throughout our tour.  You will take in Royal Palaces and world-famous sites with ease and peddle away from them feeling like an expert in all things London. We do not simply see things on our tours; we aim to leave you with an understanding of them that goes beyond the usual basic explanations.

From our unique position near Kensington Gardens, we are able to utilise the park system and designated cycle lanes to keep our guests safe and entertained from the get-go, and with cycle options for any age, we pride ourselves on offering great experiences for the whole family.

Halfway through the tour, we'll take a break where you can go your own way for half an hour. There are many options for lunch including cafes, restaurants, as well as the cornerstone of British culture: the pub. Your guide will be available throughout the lunch break to answer any questions you may have.

This tour is a great place to start your London adventure, and we have found over the years that taking The Royal London Tour early in your trip is the best possible way to get a grounding in the city. After your tour, our friendly staff will be able to give you pointers and help in planning the rest of your adventure.

Whether you come loaded with questions or as a complete beginner, let us take you on a journey through our glorious past and present. From the homes of Her Majesty to the very centre of government, we have you covered.  If you are only going to do one tour in London, make sure it is this one!

Tour Highlights

  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben
  • The Royal Parks
  • Kensington Palace
  • Trafalgar Square
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Stop for lunch (cost not included)
  • Directly outside Queensway tube station, which is on the central line (the red line cutting across the map from east to west). 15 minutes before the start of the tour, one of our guides will be standing by the red phone boxes holding a Fat Tire sign.

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    • Reservations are currently required for this tour as we are offering a more limited tour menu in 2020/21. 
    • If you have children in your group, please let us now how many children you have and their ages so we can make sure we have the right sized bikes for everyone.
    • We have a very flexible rescheduling policy. You have 12 months from the day of your booking to take a tour with us, and you can reschedule for any reason. 
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Stop for lunch (cost not included)
    • Kensington Palace

    • Trafalgar Square

  • Directly outside Queensway tube station, which is on the central line (the red line cutting across the map from east to west). 15 minutes before the start of the tour, one of our guides will be standing by the red phone boxes holding a Fat Tire sign.

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    • Reservations are currently required for this tour as we are offering a more limited tour menu in 2020/21. 
    • If you have children in your group, please let us now how many children you have and their ages so we can make sure we have the right sized bikes for everyone.
    • We have a very flexible rescheduling policy. You have 12 months from the day of your booking to take a tour with us, and you can reschedule for any reason. 

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes, reservations are currently required for this tour as we are offering limited departures in 2020/21. 

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    Directly outside Queensway tube station, which is on the Central Line. 15 minutes before the start of the tour, one of our guides will be standing by the red phone boxes holding a Fat Tire Tours sign.

  • Expand/Collapse Do tours run all year round?

    Yes! We will have our Royal London Bike Tour available on various days throughout the year starting at 10:30am.  In the summer months, we'll add an afternoon tour at 2:30pm.  

  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

  • Expand/Collapse Is the tour difficult?

    No. Most of the time is spent on bike lanes within the Royal Parks. There is a bit of road riding and a few crossings so a basic level of cycling proficiency is required.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    We run tours rain or shine and have plenty of rain ponchos. We find tours in the rain to be a different kind of fun and an even more fun memory! If you have a reservation and the weather is really bad, you are welcome to reschedule the tour for any other day for up to year.

  • Expand/Collapse Do we stop for lunch?

    Yes. We usually stop near Trafalgar Square where there are plenty of options for lunch.  Your guide will point out various places that range from sandwiches to traditional pub fare so that you can choose the best option for your group. 

  • Expand/Collapse Where does the tour end?

    This tour will end back at our office, just a short walk away from the Queensway tube station.  Your guide is happy to give you directions to your next point of interest following the tour!

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    No, the bike tours are an overview of the sites and more about getting a feel for the city. However, on private tours you can arrange to take extra time at the sites if you'd like to go inside.

  • Expand/Collapse Will we be able to take photos?

    Yes. There will be a chance to take many photos at the designated stops.

  • Expand/Collapse Is there a space to store bags or luggage?

    Yes. You are welcome to leave bags, luggage or unwanted family members in our garages. Someone is usually in the office and it will be locked up if they have to leave. While we have never had a single case of theft or loss of items, you do leave them at your own risk.

  • Expand/Collapse Do you provide the bikes?

    Absolutely.

  • Expand/Collapse Can I supply my own bike?

    You are welcome to bring your own bicycle and will receive a discount of 10%. Our insurance only covers the theft of our own bicycles, so please do bring your own lock for the lunch stop.

  • Expand/Collapse Do you have children's bikes?

    Yes! You can see all of our options here. We have kids bikes, tag-alongs and baby seats. Please make a reservation online if you have children in your group and let us know how many are with you, and their ages, in the NOTES section of your reservation - this way we can make sure we have the right sized bikes set aside for everyone in your group.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Absolutely! We have loads of families and we're a great family activity. We offer multiple bike options for children depending on their age, size, and riding ability. Please keep in mind that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

    • For children up to 12 years old or 45kg (100lbs) without good bike handling skills we offer 2-wheeled tandems that allow the passenger to pedal or coast, without having to maintain a high level of balance. All riders over 45kg (100lbs) must ride their own bicycle. We have various sized city bikes to accommodate just about every size of rider, from extra small 20 inch wheeled bikes for riders that are 3.3ft (100cm) to extra large for riders up to 6.5ft (198cm). Unfortunately, we do not have adult tricycles, adult tandems, or bikes with training wheels for adults or children that may be less confident in their riding ability.
    • There is no additional charge for trailers, tandems or baby seats. Due to limited availability, please book baby seats, trailers, tandems, 20” and 24” wheeled bikes in advance. 
    • Please Note: All extra small 20 inch and small 24 inch bikes are equipped with both hand brakes.
    • Our city tours are very casual, with only slight elevation changes on varying surfaces including smooth gravel and pavement. It is necessary, however, that any person participating in our bike tours have at least some bike riding experience, and should be comfortable riding in a group.
  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    Yes. You are not compelled by law to wear helmets in the UK, but we have more than enough for everyone so the choice is entirely yours.

  • Expand/Collapse Do you rent bikes?

    Yes, but, you must contact us ahead of time, especially during the summer when all the bikes may be taken up on the tours.

  • Expand/Collapse Can you suggest a bicycle repair shop in London?

    Our very excellent mechanic, Alex, is available to work on your bike! Feel free to get in contact with us if you need some expert bike assistance. 

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