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3rd August 2021

Santander Cycles

Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park

Give the tube a miss and feel the breeze on your face when you hop on a bicycle (or ‘Boris bike’), free to hire all over London. It’s a great way to see the city but if you’re a little nervous about cycling on London’s busy roads, stick to the Royal Parks. Kensington Gardens (pictured left) and Hyde Park both cover a lot of ground, so it’s a quick and enjoyable way to see them, and you can stop for a well-deserved drink by the Serpentine when you need a break.

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Hop on an Electric Scooter

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Richmond upon Thames

Electric scooters have soared in popularity recently, you’ll now easily spot people whizzing around town on these nifty two-wheelers, whether on their commute or socially. It’s a greener form of transport that we’re all for! However, when you’re visiting London, the only legal way to travel via e-scooter is through TFL’s rental scheme, which you can find out about here. They are only available in select boroughs but for leafy surroundings, we recommend hopping on at Richmond upon Thames or if you’re museum-hopping, scoot around The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Natural History Museum

Sit back on an open-top bus tour

All over!

Exploring on foot means you’ll spot sights you wouldn’t in a car, but we have to admit, it can be just a little tiring, especially during the summer heat. With an open-top bus tour, you’ll see all the best bits of London and a knowledgeable guide on board means you’ll also discover those hidden gems, with the opportunity to jump off when you please. We recommend these buses whether you’re from England or not as there’s always something exciting to see in London!

London bus in the city

Arrive by boat

Destinations along the River Thames

London really does have it all! Travel along the River Thames on a speedboat if you’re a thrill-seeker or choose from a range of gentle cruises if you want to take in all the sights. Either way, you’ll get a different view of the city and a memorable experience all in one. If you’re just looking to get from A to B, opt for TFL’s River Bus. Routes include the regenerated Battersea Power Station to picturesque Greenwich. View the map of routes here.

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Reach the sky in a cable car

Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks

If you’d rather avoid the hustle and bustle completely, fly across the city on the Emirates Air Line cable car and take in breath-taking aerial views of the Thames, London’s top landmarks, the Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Docks and The O2.

There’s plenty to explore in historic Greenwich too, so you can make a day of it. We recommend booking a night flight when the length of the journey is extended so you can enjoy spectacular views at sunset or see the city light up at night. Buy a ticket here.

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