Exploring London’s Great Outdoors

Sightseeing & Attractions   |   Jul 29, 2016

Want to explore the outdoors with an active, memorable experience of London while staying in one of the Best Youth Hostels in London?  Do you want some exercise to stay fit and healthy while on holiday? London has a lot to offer for active holidays enabling you to explore, find new areas and stay fit.


Cycles are one of the quickest ways of getting around London while seeing the sights.  You can hire a bike from the London Bicycle company and create your own personal tour.  Alternatively you can join one of their special guided tours that can last several hours.  Among the tours on offer are sportive rides, a classic ride round the key London landmarks, mystery tours and a tour involving Docklands and the South Bank.  Some tours include a stop at a pub for a break. The longest tour covers all the main Olympic sites in central London where you can find many good London youth Hostels and out to Stratford where the key events were held. Equally fun is the Night Tour offering the opportunity to tour London’s illuminated buildings and Theatre Land.


Tally Ho! bicycle tours offer a slightly different experience – and one that is definitely memorable.  Tally Ho! only uses vintage bikes. These bikes include the old fashioned ‘ding dong’ bells and wickerwork baskets, just like you see in old films.  Despite being vintage, they are surprisingly comfortable to ride even for long periods.  Tours last several hours and can cover all the major landmarks and there are frequent stops to hear stories, discover the history and simply soak up the atmosphere as you travel along quiet back streets.


Tally Ho!’s Old City Tour explores the City of London and the East End with a stop for a pint at the oldest riverside pub in London – the Captain Kidd.  Near this location, pirates used to be executed as a warning to others.  Listen to stories of sailors and smugglers as well as discovering unusual features like old shipping docks and Harry Potter locations. 


If you prefer water based tours, try a kayaking tour with the London Kayak Tours. This involves paddling for ninety minutes along the beautiful Regents Canal or out on the Thames near Hampton Court Palace.  For those who want a much harder watery experience, take the train out of London to the Lee Valley White Water Centre. This is the location of the stunning white water rafting involving a trip through the rapids which challenged many Olympic athletes during the 2012 Olympics.  If you prefer something a little slower – the centre also offers kayaking and canoeing, while nearby there is horse riding and a golf course.


And what if you want to go higher?  Up into the tree tops and scramble your way around? Take the tube to Cockfosters and try the Go Apes high ropes course complete with zip lines, rope ladders and Tarzan swings.  Along the way, you might just get some good views across London. So, book a affordable stay at Via Limehouse Hostel and enjoy your outdoors in London to the fullest.

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