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.
Good to Know
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 on the corner holding a Fat Tire sign.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About our Bikes/Biking in London
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.
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.
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.
Do I need to reserve a bike separately?
No – the bike is included with the bike tour, so just bring yourself and we will take care of the rest!
Can I bring 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 should we have a longer stop.
Do you rent bikes?
Yes! Please reserve ahead of time via our London Bike Rentals page so that we can prepare your bike(s).
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.
General Tour Questions
Are reservations required?
Yes, reservations are required for all tours.
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.
Where is the tour 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.
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.
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.
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!
Do we go inside the museums and monuments?
Unfortunately, the tour duration does not give us enough time to enter any of the sites that we see on tour. This tour is designed to enjoy the city from a broad perspective and come away with a greater understanding of its history and layout.
What is your weather policy?
All of our tours operate rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available in our office for purchase (fully refunded if not used).
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.
My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?
Please contact our Private Tours team to see what options we have.
Is there a place to store luggage or bags while I'm on tour?
Absolutely, you are welcome to bring your luggage along to the meeting point where you may store your bags in our shop while out on tour.