Home City Guide: London London Basics A cycling tour of East London
Last update on January 28, 2019

With an abundance of trendy boroughs, river walks and parks to peruse, London is the perfect place to head during the summer months, and there’s no better way to see the city than aboard one of the thousands of public bikes available to rent from handy docking stations all around town.

With literally thousands of routes to follow, you’re spoiled for choice. To help make your decision easier, don’t miss this quirky route created as part of a new project from travel experts Expedia.

Vintage vinyl

East London has more than its fair share of cultural institutions, including an amazing musical history. Start your day with a pit stop at 91 Brick Lane, and you’ll find Rough Trade Records, a shop from the iconic indie label that gave us The Smiths, The Strokes, The Libertines, and many other purveyors of great guitar music. The building was originally a brewery but now houses a world-class array of records and music memorabilia.

Discover art galleries

Art galleries in London

Continue along Brick Lane towards the river and you’ll come across Brick Lane Gallery. As you venture through this part of the city, you can’t help but notice the street art that surrounds you. Pop into the gallery and you’ll have the chance to learn a little more about everything from contemporary exhibitions to local featured artists.

Delve into clothes stores

Feeling inspired? Carry on along the Ornamental Canal to Blitz Vintage Shop on Hanbury Street. This is the perfect way to soak up the fashion and retro-themed culture synonymous with London. Stop in and browse everything from 1960s prints to 90s denim.

Live music? Yes, please!

Camden lock London

Follow the canal until Wapping Woods; pass through here, and go around the Shadwell Basin until you make it to Wilton’s Music Hall on Graces Alley. Grab a drink or a bite to eat to refuel, and if you’re lucky you’ll experience some live music in one of London’s best traditional venues. Inside, the building is made of worn bricks, giving it a quaint and cosy feel.

Get to know traditional pubs

Cycle along the Thames and head north towards Limehouse. On Wapping Wall, off one of the river’s tributaries, you’ll stumble across The Prospect of Whitby—a wonderful spot for a refreshment.

The beer garden makes a great hangout in the summer, and being a former smuggler’s haven, the interior is just as welcoming. It has the honorary title as London’s oldest riverside pub, so an afternoon or evening spent here is a guaranteed way to enjoy London life.

Continue following the river north until you reach the final stop of the trip, The Palm Tree on Grove Road. This is a classic example of a pub that has refused to move with the times, yet the outcome has well and truly worked for them. Take the time to dock your cycle close by and enjoy a real Cockney knees-up.

Check out this route and others put together by Expedia as part of its new London City Cycling project – https://city-cycling.expedia.co.uk/london