Luxury Walking & Cycling Tour of London
At a Glance
Join us for a fully guided tour of England’s incredible capital city: the heart of British culture and commerce.
We traverse London over four days by bike and on foot, bringing you as close as possible to some of our most iconic national landmarks.
Enjoy centuries of fascinating history, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London. Marvel at some of the world’s finest treasures in the Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum. And indulge in delicious dining with London’s unrivalled culinary scene. From Michelin Star restaurants and vibrant gastropubs, to quirky pop-up eateries overlooking the Thames, enjoy cuisine from anywhere in the world.
Don’t just settle for the tourist trails, though. Between each of our world-famous stops, our hand-picked local guides will take you off the beaten track, immersing you in a London enjoyed only by those who know it best. Whether this is your first visit or your fifth, an Active England tour is certain to show you a side of the city that you’ll never forget.
Upon arriving in London, a chauffeur will meet and drive to your hotel. With the rest of the day to find your feet, our local Active England guide will be on-hand to stroll with you down to bustling Soho and the world-class shopping facilities on Oxford Street. Or if you’d prefer, we can take you for a leisurely afternoon in one of London’s picturesque parks. On each evening of your trip, our guide will make dinner reservations, helping you make the absolute most of the city’s thriving culinary scene.
Cycle through the heart of London, with our guide leading you along quiet backstreets and down atmospheric alleyways. Crossing the River Thames at the iconic Tower of London, we make our way back through Southwark. Along the way, we visit the Tate Modern, which houses one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections, and of course the legendary Shakespeare’s Globe. After stopping for lunch at the famous Borough Market, one of the oldest in London, we continue to bike gently back toward the hotel, where you’ll have the rest of afternoon to spend at your leisure before dinner.
Today your guide will lead you on a morning visit to Westminster, where we visit some of England’s most famous landmarks. Step inside Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old Gothic church used for coronations and royal weddings, and admire the Palace of Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament meet. Delve deep underground to explore the Churchill War Rooms, a secret subterranean base used by the Prime Minister during the Second World War, before coming face-to-face with Buckingham Palace, the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarchy. During the afternoon, there’ll be opportunity to do some further exploring on your own. As the evening approaches, top off your day with a classic cocktail, glass of wine or pint of locally-brewed beer in one London’s favourite pubs and bars. Or if you’d like to spend an evening at the theatre, our guide can happily arrange tickets on your behalf.
After checking out from your hotel, your guide will be more than happy to take you to the airport or train station for your onward travel. To complement your time in the city with a taste of the English countryside, be sure to check out our luxury walking and biking trips. With the Cotswolds, the South West or even the Lake District just a few short hours away, don’t miss out on your chance to explore some of England’s most treasured regions.
A Grade II Listed building located on London's South Bank. Next to the London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament and walking distance from West End and Theatreland.
A 19th-century beauty meets the London of today. From the outside, the landmark building, which occupies a full block along the eastern side of Russell Square in Bloomsbury, looks every bit the part of grande dame. Inside, though, contemporary interiors beckon the discerning traveler to settle in and stay a while.
The London EDITION, Fitzrovia
The London EDITION offers both a reinvention of its landmark building and the luxury hotel experience. Located in Fitzrovia on the edge of Soho, the boutique hotel blends thoughtful design and intuitive service with excellent dining and nightlife in a space that boldly brings together the past with the present.
What our guides say...
Let us show you the hidden gems of London on foot and by bike.
- All accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
- All breakfasts and 2 x dinners (excluding dinner drinks)
- Walking poles
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- All special events, iconic points of interests and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to farewell locations
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Services of professional local guides
We have handpicked the best family run, independent and country hotels, pubs and guest houses. Cosy and with informal dining, these country hotels are friendly and relaxed, with great menus with locally sourced food and ales. Our handpicked accommodation is 3* with the option to upgrade to 4* for an additional cost.
This tour is rated moderate, meaning it’s appropriate for guests who enjoy a good walk or cycle ride and can handle an incline. Our time spent exploring the city is an excellent way to prepare for some of our more vigorous countryside itineraries. Alternatively, the gentle activity on this tour is an ideal way to slow down before your journey home.
We’ll provide walking poles if required, and any other necessary equipment.
Our holidays are designed to be completely relaxing, with the start of our tours sitting within easy reach of major transport hubs. As the rail networks are the quickest, most convenient way of travelling from the airport into central London, we will advise you on which train to catch ahead of your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer directly from the airport to your hotel.
End-of-tour location: Heathrow or Gatwick Airport
Why go on a guided holiday?
Our guides are the beating heart of our tours and can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your walking holiday – so we make sure to choose them VERY carefully! They are driven, knowledgeable, know how to have A LOT of fun and importantly will take you on the ‘road less travelled’ and know the best spots for making your tour truly different and truly magical!
What’s the weather like?
We’d always recommend preparing for sunshine and showers so remember to bring your waterproofs as well as your suncream!
Make this trip private
Our private tours offer complete freedom to customize your trip. Base your tour on one of our scheduled departures, or tailor a bespoke experience to match your every expectation. We love combining our knowledge of England with our expertise in planning and delivering the best adventure trips.
What’s the Number?
Nearly everything has a carbon footprint. Together with ecollective, we’ve measured the carbon impact of not only every tour we operate but our entire business. We’ve taken into account greenhouse gas emissions across the business including office, travel, website, vehicles, accommodation, activities, food, suppliers…
What does the number mean?
We’re going to improve this by measuring and reducing our footprint each year. That means working with our suppliers to make changes that have a more positive impact on us and the planet. What does this look like in reality?
- Redesign trips to reduce our carbon impact
- Working closely with all our suppliers across England to join us on our decarbonisation journey
- Switching up our vehicle fleet to electric
- Investing in projects that permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere for any emissions that remain.
We’ve got a long way to go but we’re on our way to net-zero
We’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet and working towards a sustainable future. We’ve taken ownership of our carbon footprint and are on a mission to reduce our emissions year on year.
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