Bike rental in London

Check the average price to rent a bike in London.

1 day is 12 GBP

How it works

Rent a bike in a few clicks

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

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

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 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.

Neighbourhoods

Cycling around Westminster

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.

Of course, with your rental bike, London becomes a lot smaller. You’ll get from one end of The Mall to the other in minutes. Here you can see the lions of Trafalgar Square and guards at Buckingham Palace all year round. Some of London’s most famous art galleries and museums are nearby, with the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery on Trafalgar Square, the Royal Academy of Arts a quick cycle down Piccadilly, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall itself.
Cycling through Kensington and Chelsea

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.

Make a stop at Harrods, perhaps London’s most famous shop, or bike along Knightsbridge to a BBC Prom or concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Museum lovers are again spoilt for choice, with the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum all handily clustered together on Exhibition Road. The newly-refurbished Design Museum is just a short bike ride away on Kensington High Street, right next to Holland Park.
Cycling around the West End

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.

In this part of the city, a different neighbourhood is just a turn of the wheel away. There are bookshops by the dozen on Charing Cross Road, while just across the street you can park your rental bike and enjoy an opera or ballet, a play, or the latest musical at Covent Garden or on Shaftesbury Avenue. With bike hire in London, you can see the sights and enjoy Theatreland’s delights, all without getting out of breath!
Cycling along the South Bank

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.

If you love music, theatre, film or contemporary art – this is the place to be. From the concerts, libraries and theatre of the Southbank Centre, to the movie retrospectives at British Film Institute there’s an embarrassment of cultural riches to discover as you ride your rental bike along by the Thames. The National Theatre even offers many of the latest, greatest plays for £10 a ticket.

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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).

Turning left

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.

Turning right

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.

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