TheCyclingBug Wed, Mar 11 2015 Likes3 1 Comment Facebook 0 Twitter 0 The best Boris bike routes in London Forget crowded buses and stuffy tube carriages, the best way to see London in all it's glory is by bike. So jump in the saddle and cycle your way through the city via one of these awesome routes perfect for Boris Bikes. Before you head out, make sure you know the rules of the road, have brushed up on your cycling safety and are wearing your helmet correctly. These are all quite short easy routes, but if you want to up your mileage, check out one of our training plans. Where's your favourite cycling spot in London? Camden via the canal Distance: 10km Start: Docking station, Liverpool Road, N1 (1) End: Docking station, Bolsover Street, W1W (2) This route is perfectly picturesque, beginning in Angel, it'll take you along the Regents Canal, through the bustling Camden Lock before finishing with a loop around the perfectly landscaped Regents Park. Where to eat: Dock your bikes on Arlington road in Camden and grab something from one of the food stalls in the world famous market. (3) Where to drink: The Edinbro Castle to the North East edge of the park has a great beer garden covered in pretty foliage. (4) The best view: Views of the park and The Holme house over looking the boating lake. (5) The Old City Distance: 5km Start: Docking station, Fore Street, EC2 (1) End: Docking station, The Museum of London, EC2Y (2) Perfect for weekends when the square mile is pretty much free from traffic, this route begins at the site of the old London wall and will take you past the Gherkin (3), then through historic Leadenhall Market (4) where scenes of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. You'll also pass iconic sites such as the Tower of London (5), The Monument (6) and St Paul's Cathedral (7) before finishing at the Museum of London. Where to eat: Afternoon tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury at One New Change in St Paul's. (8) Where to drink: The Oyster Shed sits just on the river by Monument station and has a lovely views along the Thames. (9) The best view: Climb The Moument for just £4 to see astounding views over the oldest streets of the city. Royal London Distance: 5km Start: Docking station, Tallis Street, EC4Y (1) End: Docking Station, Craven Street, WC2N (2) Cycle along the north bank of the Thames, taking in sights such as The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament (3) before passing Buckingham Palace (4), riding up The Mall and finishing at Trafalgar Square. Where to eat: This area can be a bit of a tourist trap, so we say grab a sandwich or bring a packed lunch, then sit at the bottom of Nelsons Column (5) and indulge in a spot of people watching. Where to drink: If you're feeling fancy head up to Vista, a rooftop bar over looking Trafalgar Square. (6) Best View: Cycling along the river to see Big Ben slowly peek in to view is pretty special. West Side Distance: 9km Start: Docking station, St Mark's Road, W10 (1) End: Docking station, Sedding Street, SW1W (2) Pass through Portobello Road Market (3) and lovely Holland Park (4), checking out the gorgeous Georgian town houses of west London along the way. This route will also take you past the Natural History Museum (5) and through Knightsbridge before finishing with a ride along the Kings Road in Chelsea. Where to eat: The giant portions at Big Easy are just what you need after a long day riding. (6) Where to drink: The Fox and Hounds (7) is a cute little traditional pub sitting on the corner of a quiet street near Sloane Square. Best view: It's always worth popping in to the Natural History Museum, the architecture in the great hall is stunning! Before you head out, make sure you know the rules of the road, have brushed up on your cycling safety and are wearing your helmet correctly. These are all quite short easy routes, but if you want to up your mileage, check out one of our training plans. Where's your favourite cycling spot in London?