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Our guide to London: Getting Active

Whether you prefer spectating or taking part, London offers myriad sports. The capital attracts top professionals for spectacular encounters. If you’re the active type, there are loads of ways to get sporty.

See the city from the saddle on two different guided tours: Sights of London is a greatest-hits ride past landmarks including the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Parks, Covent Garden and Dr Johnson’s literary cat, Hodge; The East End tour takes in Shakespeare’s Globe, the Clink Museum, Southwark Cathedral, Tower Bridge, St Katharine’s Docks and Brick Lane and Spitalfields markets. The price includes cycle hire and all levels of cycling are welcome.  The route favours river paths, alleys and bike lanes over busy roads. Alternatively, get on your bike at the Herne Hill Velodrome: 450 metres of track with the steepest part of the track banking at 30 degrees.

In winter, when temporary ice rinks spring up, head to the the outdoor rink at Somerset House. Inline skaters should consider Londonskate; group skates covering 20 routes throughout the city centre.

If you fancy an alfresco dip, why not try the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park or the open-air pools on Hampstead Heath.

London boasts an abundance of green space – perfect places for a gentle stroll or an informal game of football. Local borough councils provide community sport facilities.  Make direct contact to find out what’s going on near you.

London is a thrilling place to visit.  No matter what your budget or interests are, London has something to offer everyone.  Whether it’s shopping, eating, museums or the tranquility of its lush, green parks this is the place to start planning your trip and prepare for a once in a lifetime experience!