While there's no doubt that London is a busy metropolis brimming with buildings and businesses, there's a surprising amount of green space in the most central of locations.
One of the best ways to explore the more bucolic side of the city is on two wheels. Although there is an extensive cycle network in place, bikes are also permitted in and around two of our fabulous royal parks.
This article from The Independent outlines where cyclists can go in Hyde Park and the Regent's Park - both offering a picturesque backdrop as you ride from A to B.
Cycling is another great way of exploring the more hidden backstreets of Central London - granting access to the places cars can not always go.
Take to the saddle and admire the best of London, especially the pretty mews streets, cul-de-sacs and cobbled lanes.
If you needed any further encouragement to break out your bike, you may wish to consider the following:
Cycling stats and facts
- Cyclists are often exposed to less pollution than taxi or bus passengers
- People who cycle regularly in mid-adulthood typically enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger, and their life expectancy is two years above the average
- On average, regular cycle commuters take more than one day per year less off sick than colleagues who do not cycle to work
- On average, UK commuters travel 17km (10.56 miles) to work by bike, taking 43 minutes
- Someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour's riding
Hyde Park is also ideal for city workers wanting to extend their cycle commute.