London's Best Kept Secret Bike Tour | La Vacanza Travel

London's Best Kept Secret Bike Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 4 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This is a fascinating bike ride, free of traffic, with a maximum group size of 7 people, along a charming river with plenty of stops to admire some of South London's most beautiful parks, wildlife, waterwheels, a local market, cottages, churches and an ancient village that became part of London. You will also stop at a marvelous 17th century pub for lunch/refreshments. An enthusiastic local guide, who has been living in the area for over 20 years, will meet you at his hundred- year- old house and lead you along winding paths on this 4 hour/12 mile/20km long relaxed ride through a mesmerising part of London where once a church stood as big as Westminster Abbey and a King was crowned. Are you ready to enter a peaceful world of lush greens and serenity? Only a short distance away from the busy centre of London a different world is waiting for you.

Meet your guide in the morning at his 100 year old house only a one minute walk away from Colliers Wood underground station in South London. You will be provided with a bicycle and a helmet before setting out on a 12 mile trip lasting around 4 hours. We will start off admiring old cottages along a river, that was once known as 'Europe's hardest working river', because of the amount of waterwheels that operated here. We will stop at London's only still working waterwheel which is now part of a local market and you will learn about an important monastery that included a massive church and once inhabited this site. We will continue along winding paths to one of South London's most beautiful parks, steeped in history and you will learn about the industries that made some inhabitants of the area incredibly rich. We will than follow the river to an ancient village which became a part of London but has kept it's charm and and has one of the United Kingdom's tallest tree and ponds full of wildlife. We will stop at the fantastic 17th century village pub before turning back.

  • bicycle and helmet provided
  • local Guide
  • waterproof trousers (if needed)
  • light rain poncho (if needed)
  • luggage and unneeded bags can be stored for free

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • minimum age is 15
  • participants must be able to ride a bike
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

19 South Gardens, London SW19 2NT, UK

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

User's Reviews


24 Sep, 2023

We had a wonderful day cycling with Stefan. The pace of the tour was perfect. We were lucky and had fantastic weather. I loved all the places we saw and appreciated that we were out of the traffic and hubbub of London. My husband and I are not avid cyclists and we had no problem with this 4 hour tour. Thanks for a great time!


22 Sep, 2023

The guide was patient and had excellent information to share. Would recommend this to others. Enjoyed the day.


06 Aug, 2023

The leader knew his facts; our issues were with safety. My husband's bike had broken spokes that he bent back. My chain came off & was so bound up that the guide wasn't sure he could fix it. I was asked if I could do it. The idea of waiting for a replacement bike was accompanied with the comment " it will mess with our schedule ". After the bike was "fixed", I continued to go through red lights to keep up with the other 5 guests. At 1 point a cyclist not with our group held traffic so I could catch up. I heard him say"this group again". We rode through pedestrian malls when we should have walked the bikes all in the name of "keeping the schedule ". A 30 minute stop at a pub near the end could have been skipped in the name of safety. We are experienced cyclists; someone not comfortable on a bike in traffic should stay away!


22 Jul, 2023

Lovely cycle ride along the River Wandle, from Colliers Wood to Carshalton. Stefan is a hospitable guide with a lot of knowledge and great stories about the places you pass.


01 Jul, 2023

Great ride and good commentary enjoyed immensely did it know so much woodland existed in the suburbs of London The old liberty factory was a highlight

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