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Small-Group River Thames Bike Tour

Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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Explore the main attractions along London’s central riverside on this half-day Thames River bike tour. On this small-group excursion, see the world-famous sites that flank the river, including Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, cross the Tower Bridge and indulge in international delicacies at Borough Market. As you ride, enjoy interesting commentary about the city's rich and extensive history. 
  • Bike tour along the Thames River in London
  • See London's top attractions including Big Ben, London Eye, and St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Cross the Tower Bridge by bike
  • Taste international cuisine during your lunch break at Borough Market (own expense)
  • Insightful commentary from your expert local guide
Guided bike tour
Stop for lunch (morning departures only)
Use of bike and helmet for the duration of the tour
Beer tasting included (on evening departures only)
Cost of lunch (lunch stop on morning departures only)

Departure Point

197 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NJ, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the morning, meet your local guide in central London and take off on a leisurely bike tour of the city’s ever-evolving Thames riverfront. Due to the small group format, your guide designs a custom itinerary that suits the group based on preference and ability. Whatever path you take, see key attractions like Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Tower of London.

After cruising through South Bank, stop at the bustling and eclectic Borough Market. Aside from offering a cacophony of artisanal food products and beautiful produce, this market is a testimony to London’s multicultural landscape. For lunch, grab some crispy fish and chips, a Damascean falafel wrap, or a pot of steaming hot noodles with custom toppings (own expense).

Next, hop back on your bike to work off your hearty lunch. Head to the iconic Tower Bridge—a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. As you cross the bridge into London’s financial district, admire sweeping river views that feature a juxtaposition of old London architecture and modern constructions like the Shard, a 95-story pyramid of glass.

Along the way, enjoy a storied narrative from your guide about the major events—from plagues and wars to catastrophic fires—that have evolved the cityscape.  Pass the Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 and the remarkably beautiful Leadenhall Market, the setting of many feature films including 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.' Then pedal over the London Bridge back to Southwark, where your tour ends by mid-afternoon.
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Thames River
Hop on a bicycle and take a guided small-group bike tour along the River Thames, right through the heart of central London. During its 2,000 years of existence, London has faced plagues, great fires, wars and more that have continuously shaped its cityscape -- your local expert guide will actively lead you through this history as you sightsee, making your trip an educational and enjoyable experience. During this bike tour, cycle on both banks of the Thames, admiring London's top attractions and stopping along the way for photo opportunities. Part of your itinerary will be determined by your guide on the day, depending on the group's overall preferences. Your sightseeing will include Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Borough Market, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Big Ben
Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
London Eye
Elegantly rotating over the River Thames, it's the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's has been the site of many historic state occasions; including Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral and the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Tower of London
One of London's most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Founded by American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe explores Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Borough Market
Stop for a lunch break at Borough Market (morning departures only), one of London's largest food markets, famous for its wide range of food from all over the world.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tower Bridge
Fortified, you will continue your tour, crossing one of London's most popular bridges, the Tower Bridge. From Tower Bridge you will pedal on to the area known as the City of London - the city’s financial center - where you’ll see some of the modern glass skyscrapers that have appeared more recently on the famous London skyline.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
You’ll then head on past the Monument to the Great Fire.
Stop At:  
Leadenhall Market
See Leadenhall Market - one of London’s hidden 14th-century gems – and hear how it featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
London Bridge
Make your way past an old medieval church that was bombed during the World War II blitz before cycling over London Bridge and back to Southwark - where your tour ends. Along the way, you'll also get a beer tasting included an authentic London pub!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Due to the itinerary of the tour we would recommend this bike tour only to advanced cyclists; as such the tour is not recommended for children
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fat Tire Tours - London

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34 Reviews
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What a way to see London. Our guide...
William G
, Jul 2017
What a way to see London. Our guide was a local Londoner which showed how much he enjoys his city.
We really enjoyed this trip with...
Rachel B
, May 2017
We really enjoyed this trip with Jonathan. Went to a lot of interesting places. Very easy on the bike. Of course we had great weather. Jonathan was very informative and entertaining, he made history very interesting. Well worth it and great value for money.
The tour itself was very good. The...
Carla E
, Apr 2017
The tour itself was very good. The stops were unusual and the guide, Nick, informative. But, there is no easy way to get around London on a bicycle with all the foot traffic A lot of the ride was spent weaving around walkers in tight spaces.
This bike tour was fantastic. Our...
Michele S
, Sep 2016
This bike tour was fantastic. Our guide was wonderful, shared great information and history, and he always offered to take family photos of anyone! Definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a great overview of London. You should consider doing it at the beginning of your vacation so you know where to spend your time.
Great, great ride and overview of...
Paul M
, Jun 2016
Great, great ride and overview of London. Our guide...I beleive Beth was her name...was superb. Great overview of the trip including sites, traffic observance...riding on the LEFt side of the road : cause it's London, ensuring our young riders were close to her for safety. She was just great and made this crowded city very easy to navigate for us. Excellent history lesson, lots of river stops, and we rode ACROSS Tower bridge. Amazing for sure. And a yummy lunch stop in Borough market. highly recommend.
Loved it! Great guide Matt(I think...
janice m
, Sep 2014
Loved it! Great guide Matt(I think) actor from Australia. Felt safe and was great to see London at twilight.
Our guide, Thomas, was delightful...
, Oct 2013
Our guide, Thomas, was delightful. I don't call 11 riders a small group. We found ourselves riding on walkways crowded with many pedestrians, which got very stressful. This distracted from seeing the "sights" between stops.
I would highly recommend any of the...
, Aug 2013
I would highly recommend any of the bike tours offered including this one. It certainly was an experience getting up close and personal with the London traffic especially the red buses! The cobblestones made their presence felt the next day! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun, the Irish accent was divine! We had a range of experience in our group and everyone coped and made it back to base with lots of laughs. It's a great way to see a lot of areas that maybe you would not normally get to. The only down side was that there wasn't the Thames clipper ride as advertised, a bit deceiving as we especially picked this tour to take advantage of the different transports.
Fantastic tour! SO worth the time...
Joanne C
, Aug 2013
Fantastic tour! SO worth the time and money. Our guide was both knowledgeable and personable, and the places we visited were accompanied by neat historical tidbits and anecdotes. I loved the lunch break at the market, and being able to bike across both the Tower Bridge as well as London Bridge. It's a great way to preview places you'd like to spend more time at during your holiday.
Tour was great. Thomas our guide...
, Jul 2013
Tour was great. Thomas our guide, was knowledgable and interesting to listen to. Saw lots of little places you would never have found on your own. Highly recommend.

Product code: 5098LONTHAMES

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