Bike rental in London
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How it works
Rent a bike in a few clicks
Get the Donkey Republic app to rent a bike from many locations in the city. 24/7 pick-up available!
Unlock your rental bike
Once you find your bike at the pick-up location, tap “Unlock” and the app will open the bike’s electronic lock.
Ride, take breaks, explore
Keep the bike with you and lock it when you take breaks. Extend your rental if you’re having too much fun.
Return to the drop-off location
Return the rental bike to the drop-off location, lock it and end your rental with the app.
London cycling guide
Bike rental in London
Your visit to London is a chance to discover one of the world’s global cities. With so much history and culture all over the place, bike rental in London is the best way to see the sights.
Cycling in London, baby!
Urban cycling is definitely becoming a thing in the United Kingdom, with organisations such as Sustrans or The London Cycling Campaign making admirable efforts to facilitate cycling as a means of transportation. As London’s cycling infrastructure rapidly improves, it’s important to ensure everybody stays safe on the streets, so check out the basic cycling rules before you saddle up your rental bike in London.
How to explore London on a bike
If you’re keen to conquer London on a rental bike, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry! We’ve got the insights you need to enjoy London’s unmissable sights, as well as tips on the best ways to get there. The good news is that London’s bicycle infrastructure has been transformed in recent years, with eight Cycle Superhighways and seven Quietways connecting the city today. These cycle routes are either completely separate from traffic or on quiet streets away from main roads, so as long as you respect basic British cycling rules, you’ll have a great time with bike rental in London.
Cycling around Westminster
If the City is all about business, Westminster is all about power. This is where you’ll find the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, then pedal past 10 Downing Street, and the site of many royal weddings, Westminster Abbey. Not to mention all of London’s main royal palaces and parks. The East-West Cycle Superhighway is a great way to get around quickly, with plenty of opportunities to take a rest whenever you need to. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens have miles of paths to explore on your rental bike, while Green Park and St James’ Park are perfect for a picnic. Grab a delicious sandwich from M&S Simply Food on Piccadilly, and soak up the atmosphere.
Cycling through Kensington and Chelsea
Just a few pedals from all that royalty, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a welcome escape from the tourist hordes. In Notting Hill, your rental bike will take you through quiet side streets of grand, white terraced houses flanked by black iron railings. The neighbourhood is peppered with exclusive boutiques and high-end cafes, restaurants and bars. While you might need deeper pockets to hang around this part of town, there’s a lot to see and do.
Cycling around the West End
Known to Londoners as the West End, this area of London covers many diverse and interesting neighbourhoods, including swanky Mayfair with its members-only clubs, sexy Soho with its gay nightclubs and pubs, theatrical Covent Garden, literary Bloomsbury and aromatic Chinatown. When you pedal away you’ll see a huge variety of people and places – thankfully with your rental bike London can be explored at your own pace.
Cycling along the South Bank
The south bank of the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge is known by Londoners simply as ‘the South Bank’. It’s where people come to watch the city lights at sunset from The London Eye, gasp at the horrors of The London Dungeon, or just watch the penguins at the SEA LIFE Aquarium. It’s a great place to cycle, too.
British cycling rules
In safe hands
Always use hand signals to communicate your intentions while riding your rental bike. One hand straight up means stopping, right hand to the side – turning right, left hand to the side … you get the drill.
On the safe side
Always ride your rental bike on the left-hand side of the roadway, and never ever go against the traffic flow (unless you are on a two-way cycle lane separated from traffic, such as the new Cycle Superhighways).
When approaching a junction on the left, beware of cars turning in front of you, out of or into the side road. Before you turn, check for undertaking cyclists or motorcyclists. Do not ride on the inside of vehicles signalling or slowing down to turn left. Pay extra attention to those nasty big trucks, they’re pretty dangerous to cycle next to, especially at junctions.
When turning right, check the traffic to ensure it is safe, then signal and move to the centre of the road. Wait for a safe gap in the oncoming traffic and give a final look before finally turning. This can also be necessary for some left turns where there is a two-way cycle lane. Watch out for the signs. Further safety information is available here.