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Recover from your personal trainer blasting with a City of London Bicycle Tour

One of my favorite ways to recover from a tough gym or running session is to turn my legs over on a spin bike for half an hour or so. It’s a great way of flushing out any excess lactic acid and relieving muscle soreness.

With that in mind, why not take your bike recovery session out of the gym and experience all that London has to offer. Whether it’s a warm midsummer's evening or a crisp autumnal afternoon, it could be the perfect remedy for your aching muscles after a tough week of sessions with your personal trainer.

These top rated London bike tours perfectly combine a few hours of leisurely physical activity with some of the City of London's most iconic tourist sights. What more could you want from your weekend…?

1. Royal London bike tour

A half day (4 hours) relaxed tour of all the major Royal sights of London. Knowledgeable guides offer a fascinating insight into the Royal family past and present as well as the city’s infamous palaces, parks and parliament buildings.

A truly regal remedy to any kind of session with your personal trainer.

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2. River Thames bike tour

Take in some of London’s most iconic tourist sites as you cruise along both banks of the River Thames and learn about a city which has survived plagues, fire and two world wars. A lunch stop at Borough market is included in the 4 hour duration estimate and gives you a chance to refuel before the second half of the tour.

Highlights include the London Eye, Big Ben, The Tower of London and London Bridge.

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3. Christmas lights tour

What better way to gear up for the festive season than to enjoy a leisurely evening cycle beneath London’s bright and brilliant Christmas lights displays. With plenty of time to stop for photos, be sure to wrap up warm as you take in the illuminations of Oxford, Regent and Carnaby street as well as Covent Garden.

All tour guides are equipped with boomboxes and there’s only one genre of music on the playlist and that’s Christmas carols. Available between the last week of November and the first week of January, why not give it a go after the last session of the week with your personal trainer.

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4. Old town tour

Covering just under 15 km in three and half hours, this tour focuses attention on the East End of the City of London. On route to the old docklands area, you are treated to some of the most famous architecture going.

The Tate Modern Gallery, the new Globe Theatre (a replica of the Elizabethan building made famous by Shakespeare), St Paul’s Cathedral and a number of current groundbreaking skyscrapers including the Gherkin, Walkie Talkie and Cheesegrater are just a few of this particular tours highlights.

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5. Hire your own bike

If a guided tour isn’t your kind of thing, why not hire a bike for the day or even just a few hours and explore the areas of London you want to at your own pace…?

With daily rates of £20 and hourly rates of £3.50, this is a great option for a pretty economical day out or just a few hours of leisurely exploring!

These are just a handful of the cycling tours available in the City of London, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. It does, however, highlight some of the more interesting options on offer. Check out if nothing on our hit list takes your fancy!

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