So you like chocolate and you like cycling – boy am I about to make your day. I’ve just found out about a 5km cycle ride round London that takes in 11 different purveyers of gooey, chocolatey goodness. And we’re not just talking corner shops here – we’re talking some the world’s best chocolate makers – France’s La Maison Du Chocolat, Japan’s Pierre Herme and the UK’s Choccywooccydoodah, Prestat (where the Queen satisfies her sweet tooth) and my personal fave Hotel Chocolat (who sell awesome sugar free bars).
And the best thing. It’s free. It’s called the Chocolate Tasting Ride and it’s been created by London’s Westminster City Council . It’s one of four self guided cycling tours now available on their website all you need do is download the instructions and the map, get yourself a bike (or hire one of the Santander bike dotted in docks all around the capital), pop on your helmet and something you can be seen in (please) and hit the streets.
The route starts at Hyde Park, then circles up to Soho, round Piccadilly, down to the Mall and then doubles back to take in the stores on the other side of the road.
If you don’t fancy doing it on your own, there’s also a guided tour option via London cycle company Cycle Confident. Even though you’ve got a guide this is also free which is pretty cool. The next one is on December the 6th and you’ll find more details about it by clicking the link above.
Chocolate not your thing? Actually it seems like there’s heaps of fun themed cycle tours around London. Here’s three other ones that looked fun to me, if I wasn’t terrified of anything on wheels.
The Rock and Pop Tour: From the a plaque paying homage to the Bee Gees to the site where the Ziggy Stardust album cover was taken, this takes in some of London’s iconic music sites. I love the fact that it has its own playlist with songs specific to the sites. Find details on the Cycle Confident link above – there’s a guided tour, or directions to do it yourself.
The Gin and Food Tour: As you may recall, I would need a stiff drink to get on a bike particularly in Central London, so maybe this tour by Tally Ho cycles in my answer. It starts visiting a gin distillery, takes in a few of London’s food markets and gives you a bit of a history to boot. It’s priced £35 and goes selected weekend afternoons. See more at tallyhocycletours.com
Alternative London’s Street Art bike tour: Takes place on Friday and goes around London’s hipsterlands of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Hackney checking out some of the amazing street art in the area for two hours. A bargain for £14. They also do a night tour. You can find more details here.