London's iconic locations: 360 bike ride

One of the best ways to see the beauty of London is to get up early, rent a bike and enjoy the city’s iconic buildings and locations when there's few people around.

Hire a bike at one of several Sandtander docking stations located throughout central London, and for a little as £2 a day, you can delight in London’s morning glory.

1. Tower Bridge

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Start your tour on the majestic Tower Bridge and enjoy some of the best views in London. With the Tower of London on one side and Canary Wharf standing proudly on the other, you’ll have to focus to keep your eye on the road!

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Tower Bridge

2. Spitalfields

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ride past the white spire of Christ Church which towers over Spitalfields, a hub of independent boutiques and artisanal stores. If you fancy a detour, ride down Princelet Street and see townhouses dating back to the 18th century.

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Spitalfields

3. The Gherkin

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Officially called St Mary’s Axe, but affectionately known as ‘the Gherkin’ by Londoners, this cornichon-shaped building is a glass and steel wonder in the heart of the city.  

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The Gherkin

4. Lloyd's Building

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With external lifts and cylindrical stairwells that snake around it, Lloyd’s building is a futuristic looking structure. Try to visit the building when it's lit up at night - it looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie!

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Lloyd's Building

5. Leadenhall Market

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cycle past the grand Leadenhall Market and admire the Victorian covered market and the centre of Roman London. If you're a Harry Potter fan you might recognise this as Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter films.

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Leadenhall Market

6. St Paul’s Cathedral

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The impressive 111 metres high dome of St Paul's is one of the most recognisable landmarks on the London skyline. The dome is open from 8.30am so it's worth stopping here to beat the crowds and climb the 538 step up to the dome for amazing views of the city.

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St Paul’s Cathedral

7. Bank of England

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Located on the corner of Threadneedle Street, the Bank of England is the heart London's financial district. Just across the road is Royal Exchange building, another beautiful building in the City of London.   

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Bank of England

8. London Bridge

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OK, so it’s not the most charming bridge on the Thames, but the surrounding attractions certainly makes up for it. Pop to Borough Market and indulge in delicious street food, scale the dizzy heights of The Shard or simply find a cosy pub to recover from your ride!

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London Bridge
Carleen Shoy
16 Nov 2018(last updated)

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