Royal Scandals Bike Tour

Join us for a Royal Bike Tour with a Fun Twist!

All families have secrets, but none seem to have quite as many as the British royals. Join us on a whistle stop tour of the scandal, intrigue and downright shocking stories and rumours that have rocked the Royal Family over the years, and seem to keep coming. 

From illicit love to financial ruin, meet the lotharios, gamblers, cheats and party animals that have coloured our royal history down the years, all under the direction of one of our world class guides. Prepare to be shocked, amazed, amused and thoroughly entertained by the stories you know from The Crown and others that will seem too farfetched to be real!  Find out about the in-fighting and affairs, the heartbreak and schemes, and even how one man’s desire to get divorced changed the whole religious landscape of our country. Better than any steamy novel or soap opera, this tour reads like an over the-top Hollywood movie.

Following a similar route to our Royal London Tour, but with an emphasis on the shocking truths behind the world’s most famous family, this tour is not for the faint hearted. We would recommend pairing it with our West End Beer Tasting and Pub tour; you’ll certainly need a pint after hearing our world class guides dish the dirt!

From our base near Kensington Gardens, this tour is mostly carried out within The Royal Parks and on designated cycle routes with only a small amount of road cycling involved, that is among the safest road cycling you’ll find in London. If you can ride a bike, you will certainly be comfortable completing this route. Our fleet of California cruiser bikes are ready and waiting to whisk you away on adventure.

The Royal Scandals Bike Tour is one of the most fun ways to see London.  You will zip around by bike learning about the better-than-fiction stories of the royal family, all led by an expert, local guide. Whether you are a life-long fan of the monarchy, or you don’t know your Williams from your Harry’s, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the world’s most famous family.

Tour Highlights

  • Kensington Palace & Garden
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James 's Palace
  • Carlton House
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Horseguards Parade
  • The Albert Memorial
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Live Guide
  • This tour meets directly outside Queensway Underground Station (Central Line) Your guide will be there standing by the red telephone box, holding a Fat Tire Tours sign, 15 minutes before the start of the tour!

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    • Although this tour does overlap with our Royal London Bike Tour route, we cover very different information on our Royal Scandals Tour.
    • While the bike ride itself is family friendly and topics are always discussed in a tasteful manner, certain historical events covered on tour may be inappropriate for smaller children.
    • As this tour is leisurely in effort, we would advise dressing for the weather on the day as opposed to for strenuous activity.
    • Reservations are required as we are running limited tours in 2020/21. 
    • Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Live Guide
    • Trafalgar Square

  • This tour meets directly outside Queensway Underground Station (Central Line) Your guide will be there standing by the red telephone box, holding a Fat Tire Tours sign, 15 minutes before the start of the tour!

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    • Although this tour does overlap with our Royal London Bike Tour route, we cover very different information on our Royal Scandals Tour.
    • While the bike ride itself is family friendly and topics are always discussed in a tasteful manner, certain historical events covered on tour may be inappropriate for smaller children.
    • As this tour is leisurely in effort, we would advise dressing for the weather on the day as opposed to for strenuous activity.
    • Reservations are required as we are running limited tours in 2020/21. 

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse What's the difference between this tour and the Royal London Bike Tour?

    While the routes are similar, the content is really what sets these tours apart.

    Our Royal London Bike Tour was the first tour we ever launched in London and is an incredible overview of the city. Perfect for first-time visitors or those wanting a relaxed and informative pedal around the city, we cover everything from the royal family, to local politics and parliament, exploring our many green parks, London's involvement in various wars throughout history, and an introduction to British culture. 

    This Royal Scandals Tour is for those looking for a fun tour with a twist! While you still get plenty of great information in a short amount of time, you'll hear more hilarious tales and shocking stories focused on royals throughout history. You'll see the palace Henry VIII built for romantic getaways, find out just why Edward VIII's choice of wife led to his abdication, Queen Victoria's possible secret marriage, and how one King's sexual preferences led to a Civil War and ultimately - his death.

  • 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?

    This tour meets directly outside Queensway Underground Station (Central Line) Your guide will be there standing by the red telephone box, holding a Fat Tire Tours sign, 15 minutes before the start of the tour!

  • 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 What is your weather policy?

    All tours run rain or shine, and we have rain ponchos available in our shop. We also have a flexible 24 hour cancellation policy and can reschedule guests pending availability. 

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes, reservations are required since we are offering a more limited tour menu in 2020/21. 

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

    You are welcome to leave bags, luggage or unwanted family members in our garages. A member of our team 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 we go inside any of the museums/monuments?

    No, the tour is designed to enjoy the route and city from a broad perspective, and you'll be surprised at just how fast 3 hours flies by! The tour is also a great way to get an idea of what you want to return to to visit more in depth later in your trip. 

  • 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 Comments 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. Children are required to wear helmets.

  • Expand/Collapse Do you rent bikes?

    Yes!  We ask that you contact us ahead of time to ensure bike availability, especially during the summer when all the bikes may be taken up on the tours.

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