Follow our route to see famous sights, including:

  • The London Eye
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Westminster Abbey
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Kensington Palace

Hire a Santander Cycle

You can hire a Santander Cycle for this route using our app or docking stations on the way. Drop off your bike, enjoy the sights and then pick up another bike.  

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Start the route

The route is split into three parts (loops). We give you the quickest way plus some extra mini routes with sights to see:

Hyde Park Loop

You can hire a Santander Cycle at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park or at docking stations near Lancaster Gate, South Kensington, Marble Arch or Hyde Park Corner tube stations.

  1. From outside the Serpentine Gallery, cycle over the Serpentine Lido
  2. Turn right on to Serpentine Road
  3. Follow the road along the Serpentine past the café down to Aspley Gate

Sights you can see

Illustration of a woman pushing an older woman in a wheelchair outside Kensington Palace

Serpentine Galleries - contemporary art lovers should drop by this leading arts institution in the heart of Kensington Gardens. It has two galleries and an architect-commissioned Summer Pavilion.

Joy of Life Fountain - a brilliantly bonkers bit of swinging 60s exuberance. Designed by T. B. Huxley-Jones, it stands on the site of a reservoir once supplying the royal palaces with drinking water.

Wellington Arch - one of London's best-known landmarks, the arch was originally intended as an outer entrance to Buckingham Palace. The sculpture that crowns the arch today was placed there in 1912.

Leinster Gardens False Façades - number 23 and 24 are fake house fronts, originally built in 1868 to hide the tunnel and underground tracks of the world's first underground railway - the Metropolitan Line.

Kensington Palace - the residence of royals from William III to William and Kate. Highlights include Jacobean architecture, impeccable grounds and an exhibition of dresses belonging to Diana the Princess of Wales.

Royal Albert Hall - built as a memorial to Queen Victoria's husband in 1871, the impressive exterior is matched by the regal red and gold interior. It's the world-famous home of the Proms series, pop and rock concerts, and circus extravaganzas.

Science Museum - you can have hours of fun on seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module, a flight simulator and an in-house IMAX cinema.

Natural History Musuem - both a beautiful building and modern research institution, there's 80 million specimens and many exhibitions to see plus a diving blue whale skeleton in Hintze Hall.

Victoria and Albert Museum - one of the world's most magnificent museums for applied arts. Some 150 galleries house an array of wonderfully curated pieces spanning many centuries, from the Raphael Cartoons to the Ardabil Carpet and a Hello Kitty rice cooker.

Royal Loop

  1. At the end of Serpentine Road turn right on to South Carriage Drive and towards the crossing
  2. Cross here and follow under the arch towards Wellington Arch across the main roundabout
  3. Follow the road along Constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace
  4. Staying in the cycle lane, take Spur Road over the roundabout, following signs onto CS3.
  5. Continue to follow towards Westminster and Westminster Bridge.

Sights you can see

An illustration of a male and female cyclist cycling past the Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery - find pieces from the Royal Collection, stroll along the Royal Mews and see the State Rooms.

Horse Guards Parade - the ground is used for royal parades and ceremonies. Every morning, Changing the Guard takes place.

Churchill War Rooms - the rooms were at the heart of Churchill's wartime strategies. You can also visit the the Churchill Museum.

Thames Loop

  1. After passing Big Ben on your right, turn left before the bridge and continue along CS3.
  2. Turn right on to Blackfriars Bridge, following signs for CS6.
  3. After crossing Blackfriars Bridge, take the first right onto Upper Ground.
  4. Continue along the road and at the junction of Concert Hall Approach and Belvedere Road
  5. Continue straight onto Belvedere Road, using the cycling entrance on the left of the barrier.
  6. Continue straight and at the end of the road, use the cycle ramp on the right hand side and use the crossing to join the cycle lane
  7. Turn right towards Westminster Bridge

Sights you can see

Illustration of a woman holding a little girls hand walking towards the London Aquarium

Wesminster Abbey - the only place in London where 16 royal weddings, funerals and every coronation since 1066 have taken place. Walk past the tombs of 17 kings and queens, as well as famous figures including Darwin and Dickens.

Houses of Parliament - see a unique combination of a thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.

Cleopatra's Needle - was presented to the British Government in 1819 to commemorate the victories of Nelson and Abercrombie over the French in Egypt. The only connection to Cleopatra is that it came from her royal city, Alexandria.

Somerset House - rebuilt in 1775 it features the Courtauld art gallery and a beautiful fountain court that hosts an outdoor cinema and live music events in summer and an ice skating rink in winter.

Sea Life Aquarium - walk through, over and under colourful aquatic worlds from the tropical to the Arctic. Visit Shark Walk, Atlantic Depths and Ray Lagoon - all beside the River Thames.

London Eye - one of the most iconic structures on the London skyline takes you to heights of up to 135 metres. On a clear day you can see Windsor Castle in the distance.

Tower of London - experience London's history, from the flamboyant to the frightful. Wonder at the Crown Jewels, torture tools and Royal Armouries, or take a tour with a 'Beefeater' (Yeoman Warder).

Tower Bridge - this famous river crossing is actually only 125 years old. You might be lucky enough to see the bridge lift-up in the middle when a large vessel passes underneath.

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