Cycle City: cycle routes

Time Out's staff show you the best cycle rides in the capital

The route in detail

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Start your journey at Aldwych
 (1) (if you want to use the
 Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, there are docking stations here). Cycle west along the Strand, with Somerset House on your left.

Dismount at Charing Cross station and cross the road to Duncannon Street, where you can park your bike to visit the National Portrait Gallery, standing on Trafalgar Square in front of you (2).

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Then head north up Charing Cross Road and turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue. At the junction with New Oxford Street turn right then almost immediately left into Museum Street. The British Museum (3) is in front of you at the top of the street and there are bike racks inside the main gates on Great Russell Street.

From the gates of the museum turn left onto Great Russell Street, take the first left turn up to Russell Square (4) and follow the one-way system all the way to the main road (Woburn Place). Go straight over the lights, turning left up Brunswick Square.

© Andrew Brackenbury

Keep straight. Just before Euston Road, turn left into Bidborough Street then turn right onto Cartwright Gardens. This gives you easier access to busy Euston Road. Staying in the left hand lane, follow the right-turn-only at 
the traffic lights and almost immediately turn left into Ossulston Street. Here the British Library is on your right (5). If you want to stop there is lots of cycle parking in the piazza, where you’ll see the Short & Sweet espresso bar if you fancy a reviving juice or coffee.

Follow Ossulston Street north and bear right with the cycle path that links through to Purchese Street. Turn left and cycle up to Pancras Road. Here, dismount, cross the road and walk through pretty St Pancras Gardens to get to Camley Street. Turn right onto this road and on your left you’ll quickly come to Camley Street Natural Park (6), a wonderful green oasis of calm just minutes from the bustle of Camden, Kings Cross and St Pancras.

Please be aware that London's roads will be busier that usual during the Games. Due to the events taking place there will be some changes to cycle routes during this time. Make sure you are aware of the changes to existing routes by planning in advance. Find out more information at
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