Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or new to electric biking, these adventures offer a unique way to see the capital, combining the thrill of exploration with the ease and excitement of an e-bike.

Get ready to discover hidden gems and iconic landmarks while enjoying the fresh air and freedom only an e-bike can provide. If you want to expand your horizons further, check out our list of the top e-bike tours in Europe.

Why explore with an e-bike?

With your e-bike motor's extra watts, you can go further and faster than ever before. In other words, those places that were previously just a tad too far can now be ridden easily.

And hills? Well, it’s like they don’t exist! Electric biking opens up possibilities, allowing you to tackle longer distances and more challenging terrains without breaking a sweat.

For a real challenge, why not try conquering one of the steepest roads in the UK?

Tailored Routes for Every Cyclist

With the e-bike in mind, we’ve racked the cycling brains & experience of the Laka bike gurus to create 5 awesome e-bike routes in and around London. We’ve included bike paths, hill climbs, beautiful nature, and a dash of sightseeing for good measure.

These routes are ideal for riders of all skill levels, from beginners just getting to grips with their bike motor to seasoned cyclists looking for a new challenge.

Flexibility and Adventure

All routes start and finish in central London but can be picked up anywhere. Chop and change the route to suit your needs. Whether you’re weaving through the bustling cycle paths of the city or cruising along serene riverside trails, an e-bike offers the versatility and ease to make your journey an adventure.
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1. Hyde Park & Regents Park

Taking in two of Central London’s most famous parks, this route is a great way to introduce yourself to cycling around London. First, riding up the Mall, past Buckingham Palace, and along the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park makes this route a classic, with plenty of Instagram opportunities.

It's a journey through lush greenery and historic charm, immersing you in an area of outstanding natural beauty right in the city's heart.

Discover the Majesty of London's Royal Parks

The route then heads out of Hyde Park, going north through Fitzrovia to reach Regents Park. A quick lap of the Outer Circle (even quicker on an e-bike!) before navigating through Soho, Regents Street & back to the Embankment.

A Serene Escape Within the Urban Jungle

This route is surprisingly light on traffic for central London, making it a great choice if you’re getting to grips with your e-bike or are new to cycling altogether. Glide along the cycle superhighway, enjoying a sense of tranquillity amidst the bustling city.

You can also extend the route by taking a few laps of Regents Park or visiting one of the many cafes. We won’t judge what you choose, promise.
It's an experience that blends urban exploration with the peace and beauty of London's most cherished parks.

2. Richmond Park

Already super popular with cyclists, Richmond Park is a brilliant place to explore via e-bike, too! This route takes you along the Embankment Cycle Superhighway to reach the park before crossing Fulham, Chelsea, and Putney.

It's a journey that combines the modern cycling infrastructure of London with the timeless beauty of one of its largest green spaces.

Bask in Nature’s Splendour

Once at Richmond Park, enjoy Richmond's flowing roads, smooth paths, and light traffic. This area of outstanding natural beauty is a haven for wildlife, with opportunities to spot deer roaming freely in their natural habitat.

The park's vast expanse, with its rolling hills and ancient trees, offers a serene and picturesque setting, perfect for an e-bike adventure trail.

Extend Your Adventure

Again, this ride can be easily extended by taking in another park loop. It’s that fun. You might just have to! Its stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere invite you to linger longer, whether for a leisurely picnic or extra laps in its beautiful expanse.

It's an ideal route for those seeking a peaceful escape from the city's hustle while riding along smooth paths, perfect for e-biking.

3. Swains Lane

One of the most notorious climbs in London. Swains Lane. This hill has made many cyclists feel the burn like never before. But what better place to test out your e-bike motor?

As you ascend, the surrounding area unfolds into a picturesque view, showcasing the blend of urban vibrancy and natural beauty unique to London.

The Thrill of the Climb

Ride north through the city towards Hampstead Heath, where you take an anti-clockwise loop that goes up Swains Lane. The hill is only 900 metres long but averages a gruelling 8% with max pitches of up to 20%.

This route may not be a cycle superhighway, but it's an adventure trail in its own right. It's a test of endurance and power, perfect for those looking to challenge themselves and their e-bikes.

Climb Your Way To The Top

It begins fairly gently but soon steepens, with the steepest sections approaching the climb's end. Pacing yourself is critical. It’s a must-ride for any London cyclist. Remember, you're not just riding up a hill – you're experiencing a thrilling part of London's cycling culture.

No pushing now! This route is all about the satisfaction of reaching the top and witnessing the scenic beauty that makes this area a captivating part of the city.

4. Riding Along the Thames

Starting in central London, this route heads west along the Cycle Superhighway, following the Thames. It's a path that offers both the city's charm and the river's tranquillity, creating a perfect balance for an unforgettable ride.

As you cycle, the historic views of Tower Bridge and the picturesque landscapes along the riverbank unfold, offering a glimpse into the diverse character of London.

Enjoying the Beauty of the Thames Path

Taking in Fulham and Hammersmith before crossing Chiswick Bridge, this route follows the twists and turns of West London streets. The journey along the Thames is an adventure trail, meandering through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

You'll be captivated by the juxtaposition of urban life and natural splendour this route uniquely offers.

A Serene Escape Along the Water's Edge

Barnes makes a great tea stop halfway before you pass the London Wetland Centre before returning to the Embankment path. At times, this route almost feels rural as you again follow the river before taking in the bustle of Putney and Wandsworth.

Follow the river path and cross the river on Albert Bridge. Make your way back along the Cycle Superhighway to your starting point.

Reasonably flat, fast, and simply freeing when ridden on an e-bike, it's a journey that combines the best of both worlds – the serene escape along the water's edge and the vibrant energy of London's streets.

5. Biggin Hill

Saving the toughest till last, this route will genuinely put your heart, lungs, and electric motor to the test. It's a journey that ventures beyond the familiar sights of Central London, inviting you into the heart of the countryside, where the raw beauty of nature takes centre stage.

A Journey Through Kent's Breathtaking Landscapes

At just over 65 kilometres, this route is the longest out of our top five. Still, it allows you to leave the hustle and bustle of central London behind to ride on Kent’s finest country lanes.

As you pedal through this area of outstanding natural beauty, the surroundings transition from urban to rural, offering panoramic views of the North Kent Downs and the quaint, serene beauty of the English countryside.

Conquering the Hills and Valleys

Heading south through Dulwich and Crystal Palace and out through the suburbs, you’ll ride roads light on traffic, plus get spectacular views of the North Kent Downs.

This route also takes in the lumps and bumps of Biggin Hill & the notorious Beddlestead Lane, an actual test of your e-bike's capabilities and adventure spirit. It’s an adventure trail that offers a mix of challenging ascents and exhilarating descents.

The Rewarding Return

The second half of the ride is almost all downhill. So you can (almost) coast back into London knowing you’ve had a full day out on the saddle. It’s a classic London ride that combines the thrill of an e-bike journey with the stunning scenery of one of the UK’s most picturesque regions.

Choosing the Right E-bike Gear for Your Adventure

Whether you're gearing up for a thrilling single-track route or a leisurely ride over rolling hills, selecting the right e-bike can elevate your cycling experience. Let's delve into two popular choices: Electric Mountain Bikes (E-MTBs) and Hybrid bikes, each offering unique features suited for different terrains and styles of riding.

Electric Mountain Bikes (EMTBs)

E-MTBs are your go-to choice for more rugged, adventurous routes. Thanks to their robust construction and powerful motors, they're designed to easily handle the challenges of off-road trails.

If you're planning to tackle single-track routes or navigate the varied terrains of the Surrey Hills, an E-MTB offers the stability and power you need. Their enhanced suspension systems and sturdy tires allow E-MTBs to absorb shocks and provide a smoother ride, even on the most uneven paths.

Hybrid Bikes

On the flip side, Hybrid bikes are the perfect companion for smoother, more urban routes. Ideal for cycling paths like the Thames Cycle Superhighway or the serene surroundings of Richmond Park, these bikes combine the comfort of a road bike with the resilience of a mountain bike.

They're lighter than E-MTBs, making them easier to handle, especially for beginners or those staying south of the river where the terrain is less demanding. Hybrid bikes are well-suited for navigating gentle hills and beautiful park landscapes, offering a balanced and enjoyable ride.

Safety and Regulation Tips For Your E-Bike Routes

Cycling on UK pavement, whether on bustling road trails or serene cycle paths, demands a keen awareness of safety and regulations. It's not just about enjoying the ride - it's about ensuring you and those around you stay safe.

Here's a quick rundown of essential safety tips and regulations that could save you in Central London's busy streets:

  • Stay Alert: Always be aware of your surroundings, especially on busy roads.
  • Follow Traffic Rules: Adhere to all traffic signs and signals as you would in a vehicle.
  • Use Cycle Lanes: Whenever available, use designated cycle lanes for safer travel.
  • Be Visible: Make sure you’re easily seen, especially at night. Use lights and wear reflective gear.
  • Helmet On: Always wear a helmet, regardless of the route's difficulty.
  • Signal Intentions: Clearly signal your turns and stops to other road users.
  • Keep to the Left: Stay on the left side of the road, in line with UK driving regulations.
  • Respect Pedestrians: Give way to pedestrians on shared paths and crossings.
  • Stay Updated on Regulations: Familiarise yourself with any specific cycling regulations in the areas you plan to explore.

Discover London Like Never Before

Ready for an unforgettable journey through London? These e-bike routes offer more than just a ride; they're your ticket to adventure. From serene parks to vibrant city streets, each path is a discovery, each turn a new story.

Effortlessly glide through London's stunning landscapes, embracing the thrill and freedom only an e-bike can provide.

As you set off, remember that safety is vital, and that's where Laka's e-bike insurance comes in. It's not just insurance - your peace of mind on every adventure. So, choose your path, saddle up, and let the city's charm unfold around you. Happy cycling!


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