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When Wren Ride

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All Bikes | 26miles/42 km

This is a ride of contrasts, from the graceful Long Water of Hampton Court, deer spotting in Richmond Park before following the south bank of the River into Chelsea for a bit of tea and cake (other delicious options available) at a traditional Cabbies cafe. 

Prepare for the hurly-burly of tourist London as you ride the Mall, along the Strand, stopping off at St Clement Danes Church. Take time riding down Fleet St, before stopping for a loo and refreshments at St Pauls.

Finish with the city, across Dickensian cobbled streets and through Canary Wharf, en route for Greenwich, where there's a cream tea reward waiting for you in Sir Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval Hospital. 

Included in the rider is a brief guide to some of the more impressive buildings en route.

This is a fantastic day out on your bike exploring London at its most magnificent at your own pace. 

Recommended by the London Cycling Campaign as a Summer must-do ride. 


Here’s a great day on your bike visiting Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpieces in London.

Our ride starts at Hampton Court, a royal palace that is most famous for its Tudor architecture and connections with Henry VIII. Less well known is the baroque palace, designed by our hero, and built for William and Mary in 1689. Err, you’re not going to be able to avoid history on this ride, sorry!

Hampton Court is surrounded by parkland, creating a lovely way to ride to Kingston, en route there’s a stop at the end of the Long Water for one of the best vistas of the palace. Ride on through busy Kingston using the excellent network of bike paths and quiet roads into Richmond Park. Join the Tamsin Trail around the park to Roehampton Gate, before crossing Barnes Common and reaching the Thames again at Putney.

Your first view of Chelsea Hospital, home of the famous red-coated Chelsea Pensioner is from the river and it's worth a stop before riding along to the ‘front entrance’.

Back on your bike, past Buckingham Palace (nothing to do with Wren) cross Trafalgar Square and follow London's ancient route along the Strand to the newly pedestrianised Aldwych. Drop into St Brides before heading down Fleet St, and check out the proud old head offices of the national press, it's hard to believe that newspapers were printed in these buildings! 

Cross the Fleet River climb Ludgate and approach the magnificent west façade of St Paul's Cathedral.

With virtually empty roads and loads to discover, riding through the City of London on a Sunday is a cyclist’s dream and no Wren ride worth its salt would miss the Monument, the fantastic monument topped with blazing gilded ball fire, designed by Wren and Hooke, serves not only to mark the site of the inept baker who started the fire of London, but also serves as a static telescope- I assume that was Hooke's part of the design!  

Leaving the confines of the City, the route becomes more Dickensian, following cycle paths around St Katherine’s Dock, with great views of Tower Bridge and along the cobbled streets of Wapping High St heading east to join the Thames at Canary Wharf.

At the southerly tip of the Isle of Dogs, please don’t rush to the Greenwich foot tunnel, rather ride on through Island Gardens for the best view of the Old Royal Naval Hospital with its colonnades framing the Queen's House.

Then walk through the foot tunnel, and exit right in front of the past Cutty Sark. You may be desperate for that cup of tea, but it's worth walking your bike along the river for the second-best views of the Old Royal Naval College.  Then make your way to the Cafe and a well-earned Cream Tea. 

After tea take a moment to explore this wonderful building, apart from the colonnades framing Queens House, there’s the Painted Hall, a skittle alley or find the patriotic courtyard!

Ride Details.
  • 26 miles/42 km 
  • 760 ft | 230 m climb 
  • 40% off-road on well-maintained paths 
  • Easy Ride suitable for all types of bikes 
Ride Start times.

Are you planning to cane it or take the ride at an easy pace, it's your choice and you can start whenever you wish from 8:30 am t until 10:30.

There are 5 starting waves:

Earlies from 08:30 giving you a 6:30 ride time 

Easy from 09:00 giving you 6 hours of ride time 

Steady from 09:30 giving you 5:30 hours of ride time 

Fast from 10:00 giving you 5 hours of ride time 

and Whippets from 10:30 am who will crack through the route in 4 hours 30! 

    Is this ride for me? 

    It's a fairly flat route on quiet roads and cycle paths suitable for all competent riders. who can cycle for 2 hours comfortably.

    Is my bike OK for this ride? 

    The route is suitable for most bikes, off-road, hybrids, Brompton's and all e-Bikes 

    What's included?
    • GPX Route Map 
    • Cream tea to finish 
    • Brief historical guide of each of the main buildings on the route 
    • Feed stops in a traditional Cabbie's hut and at St Pauls Cathedral  

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      Julian Kirwan Taylor
      Super Wren Ride

      A beautiful route around London using safe, traffic free routes where ever possible. The route is suitable for all cyclists. Lovely to see London from the comfort of a saddle with a group of like minded people pedalling gently along, whilst using the new and excellent cycling infrastructure around the city. Thanks for a good day out!

      Carefully chosen routes and excellent organiser

      Really love this carefully chosen route. Looking forward to the next one!

      Suzanne Shields

      A great day out, looking forward to the next one! Thank you 

      Janice Lukas

      Fab route 👍
      Thank you, Charlie,

      Julia Wafforn

      Great ride! Great day! Thank you!! xx

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