"A fun bunch of hipster historians"~ Bearleader Chronicle
City & Secrets will take you off the beaten path to explore the oldest parts of London. Following in the footsteps of Romans, pirates and bankers you'll discover living history from ancient times to the present day.
Ride safely across the city in dedicated bike lanes to seek out striking modern skyscrapers and timeworn churches. You'll experience the grit, grime & glory that made London the great metropolis it is today.
From the winding streets and alleyways of the City of London, you'll ride out along the River Thames and a hidden inner city canal to uncover a melting pot of cultures, street art and industry.
Visit historic docks and bustling trading posts that are still in use today. See London’s ancient Roman wall, Harry Potter film locations, iconic Tower Bridge, and London's oldest riverside pub.
Take a look at quaint residential areas most people never see. Cycle past terraced brick cottages and gentrified factory blocks. You'll get a glimpse into how London was during the Industrial Revolution. 🏭
Cycle into the City of London
The City of London is a borough within Greater London. Its the oldest part of the city and just one square mile in size. The 'City' (with a capital 'C') has remained the center of London commerce since its founding by the Romans.
You'll follow a maze of narrow winding streets to uncover the secret gems hidden under towering skyscrapers.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is a historic royal palace, former prison and fortress - and today a UNESCO world heritage site.
The White tower (the tall bit in the middle) is the oldest part of the structure, built by William the Conqueror during the early 1080s.
You'll see the palace up close, and pass in front of the infamous 'Traitors Gate'.
Ride by St Pauls
London's impressive St Paul’s Cathedral boasts the third largest church dome in the world! It was designed in the 1660's by prolific church builder, Sir Christopher Wren (he build over 50 churches around London!)
Rising high above the surrounding streets, it has been the sight of royal weddings, state funerals, and became an iconic symbol of British resitance during the Blitz.
Visit the East End
Cycle out to London's East End, home to Cockneys, dockkers, and the traditional point of disembankment for many migrant communities arriving into London by ship.
From Huguenot refugees in the 17th century, to Irish weavers, Ashkenazi Jews, and Sylheti Bangladeshis more recently the 20th century.
You'll see how the East End has become a melting point of cultures and overcome political adversity to proudly expresses the unique identity it holds today.
Beer by the Thames
We'll stop for a pint at the Prospect of Whitby, which claims to be London's oldest riverside pub!
They've been serving beer here since 1520. Back in the day you could even watch a public hanging while enjoying your beer...
The noose is still here for you to see. 😮
Harry Potter locations 🧙♂️
City & Secrets is jam packed with film locations, including the site of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter!
On the City & Secrets bike tour we'll be cycling in a mix of bike lanes, back streets and canal paths. Riders need to be comfortable cycling in a moderately busy urban environment.
If you'd prefer an easier-going ride, consider booking on a weekend date when the City of London is much quieter.
Families with younger kids are advised to book a this experience as private tour. 👍
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Blackfriars Bridge
- Bank of England
- Royal Exchange
- Leadenhall Market (Harry Potter’s ‘Leaky Cauldron’)
- The Gherkin
- Cable Street Mural
- The Roman Wall
- Tower of London
- St. Katherine’s Dock
- Tower Bridge
- London Bridge
- The Monument
- Tate Modern
- Roupell Street
- St. Dunstan in the East
- Prospect of Whitby
- Ornamental Canal
- River Thames
- Southwark Bridge
- St Mary-le-Bow
- Traitors Gate
- Old Vic Theatre
- The Shard
- St. Andrew Undershaft
- The oldest Thames pub
Ready to roll?
Or chat with us to arrange a private London tour
City & Secrets meeting point:
The Walrus Bar, 172 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7RW