RiDE’s legal expert draws on his courier past to lead a group of colleagues on a two-wheeled tourist trail around the capital
Andrew “Chef” Prendergast and I rode the following route in a little over an hour on a Wednesday evening, stopping for just a few minutes at each point as we scoped the route out for road closures and photographic points. We’re both quick in traffic, so this was quicker than a group could have done it.
A Piccadilly Circus/statue of Eros, along Piccadilly.
B Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill.
C Buckingham Palace (be aware, the Royal Parks Police will pull you up for videoing around the Palace), along the Mall, under Admiralty Arch.
D Trafalgar Square/Nelson’s Column, National Gallery facade, down the Strand, along Fleet Street.
E St Paul’s Cathedral.
F Monument – brilliant views from the top – but a pain in motorcycle boots. U-turn at Monument otherwise you’ll wind up going miles west towards Blackfriars and it will be a real pain to get back to London Bridge.
G London Bridge, Tooley Street.
H Over Tower Bridge northbound (worth it on its own).
I Tower of London, Traitor’s Gate, Tower Square where they used to hang people. If you want to see the Crown Jewels, book.
J Along Victoria Embankment. If you want to take in the London Eye, pre book, park on Victoria Embankment and walk over the Millennium Bridge. A good place to stop for lunch is the cafe on Victoria Embankment Gardens. It’s a lot cheaper than most tourist spots, has bike parking outside it and plenty of space for outdoor eating. (The pigeons will try to help themselves to unguarded food.) It’s also a good place just to sit on the grass and sip a cold drink.
K Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
L Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, up Whitehall, with the ceremonial troopers at Horse Guards’ and the Cenotaph.
M Call it a day and if you like Chinese food head into China Town. For Indian food, go to Petticoat Lane and Whitechapel. If you want to eat ethnic Cockney food, try jellied eels.
Part 4, Courier riding secrets, combat biking in London
November 2013 Issue