Explore London via your bicycle
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson wants the capital to get cycling. With a £100m bike fund the central London cycling infrastructure is to be extended to the suburbs with more cycle hire points and cycle friendly routes. Clarendon Serviced Apartments thinks it’s a great idea to get London cycling and choose the favourite cycling routes across the capital.
1. Independent London
There is a wealth of independent and artisan shops across London that are the best places to find unusual gifts, vintage clothes and jewellery as well as vinyl, artwork and characterful trinkets. Cycle via Clarendon’s Barbican apartments and end up near to our Bishopsgate serviced apartments using cycle lanes and canal towpaths so you’re off busy streets. It’s a route around 5 miles long and takes in Exmouth market, Smithfields and Brick Lane meaning you can stop off for a few edible treats along the way.
2. See London’s hidden gardens
There are hidden patches of green, squares and terraces dotted across London. Some are private, others are public but their very nature means they tend to be overlooked for more famous destinations. London is one of the busiest and most bustling cities in the world so any little oasis of calm and peace is to be sought out. This route takes in Holland Park, Hyde Park and Chelsea Physics Garden and takes around an hour. It is close to Clarendon’s serviced apartments in Hammersmith so use this as a starting point.
3. London’s quirks
Clarendon’s serviced apartments at Covent Garden and Holborn are on the doorstep of a more underground and quirky side of the capital that are beyond the tourist clichés. Think ancient burial grounds, creepy museums and brightly coloured squares. It’s a cheap way of exploring the capital and venturing off the beaten tourist track. Start at Neal’s Yard and then head to the Hunterian Museum, statue of the Golden Boy, Church of St Barts and then down to the awesomely named Cross Bones Graveyard.
4. Explore the Saturday markets
Saturday is the best time to explore, especially when you’re working through the week so why not hop on your bike and dip into London’s bustling market life. There is great variety from antique stalls to healthy smoothie offers, foreign delicacies or vintage clothing. Start at the Covent Garden property and cycle from there. The best thing about being on a bike is that you’ll make sure you don’t buy too much that you can’t carry! The route begins at Portobello Market goes through Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Covent Gardens and the Borough Market.
To explore Transport for London’s cycle routes go to: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/23069.aspx
If you’re staying in London then Clarendon’s serviced apartments are centrally located in key locations from The City to Canary Wharf, the West End as well as suburbs like Richmond and Ealing.