For some it’s the best way from A to B, or for exploring the city at your own pace. London Bridge has a selection of places to pick up or drop your Boris Bike.
1 Curlew Street, Shad Thames (21 bikes/spaces)
Grab a bike from this docking station in Shad Thames and head east, taking a left at Mill Street. You can now explore Jacob’s Island, one of the settings used by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist. Around Mill Street you’ll see many historic wharfs –you can continue the ride onto Bermondsey Wall West, Chambers Street and Bermondsey Wall East.
2 Bermondsey Street (24 bikes/spaces)
There are several bike racks and two docking stations by Bermondsey Street (the other being at Tyers Gate with 36 bikes/spaces) so you can explore the area on two wheels before parking up for some shopping or venturing into White Cube Gallery or the Fashion and Textile Museum.
3 Tanner Street, Bermondsey (16 bikes/spaces)
Pick up a bike by Tanner Street/Tower Bridge Road and head over Tower Bridge to St Katharine Docks, once part of the extensively walled London Docks. Spare some time to pause and take a good look at the Tower of London.
4 Hop Exchange, Borough (54 bikes/spaces)
Take one of the TFL recommended routes and hire a bike from this docking station on Southwark Street. Turn left on Redcross Way and you’ll find the Cross Bones Graveyard. The graveyard was for prostitutes and paupers refused burial in church grounds on account of being judged as sinners (reportedly over 15,000 bodies). Today it’s marked by ribbons and other notes of sympathy from locals.
5 Park Street, Bankside (18 bikes/spaces)
Enjoy a tour around London’s markets by starting off at Borough Market then picking up a bike at Park Street to head to Covent Garden. The route is via Tate Modern, then Southwark Street, before heading over Waterloo Bridge towards Covent Garden market.
More details from the Transport for London website.