View the capital from a variety of vantage points with these nifty transport ideas. Now there’s no excuse for not getting on your bike, boat, or cable car for that matter.
1. RIVER BUS
It’s not just trendy commuters who are taking to the waters. With a range of tickets available from singles, returns and roamer tickets it’s a great way to explore London on a budget. Five River Bus routes operate from 20 piers between Putney and Woolwich. Boats are wheelchair friendly and Freedom Pass holders or accompanying carers all get 50% discount (£3.25 per trip). For more information call 020 7001 2200 or visit www.thamesclippers.com.
2. SANTANDER CYCLES
Better known as Boris Bikes, there are 10,000 bikes available to hire for short trips across 700 docking stations for as little as £2. You can hire up to four bikes at the same time. After paying the £2 bike access fee for the day, the first 30 minutes of each journey is free. Longer journeys cost £2 for each extra 30 minutes. Docking stations are located around the south of the borough in Angel, King’s Cross, Pentonville, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. More info at www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles, or call 0343 222 6666.
3. EMIRATES AIRLINE
If you’ve got a head for heights, treat yourself to an aerial view of London. Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, just five minutes from the O2 by North Greenwich Tube station. Cabins arrive every 30 seconds and flights are approximately 10 minutes each way. After 9pm each day, flight durations are extended to approximately 25 minutes (12-13 minutes each way) so you can enjoy an even more relaxing trip across the Thames. A return ticket is £9, with a discount fare if purchased online. To book: www.emiratesairline.co.uk.
4. AFTERNOON TEA TOUR BUS
If you want to indulge in some nostalgia, book on board one of London’s old Routemaster buses and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea. The ‘Afternoon Tea Bus Tour’ combines high tea accompanies with an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your uninformed London bus driver will take you around The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. It costs £50 per person. Book online www.b-bakery.com or call 020 3026 1188.