Hire a Boris Bike… and cycle around London

Address:
The City, London 51.513086 -0.088435
Dates & Time:
Every day
Bikes are available 24 hours a day (but must be returned within 24 hours)
Tickets & Cost:
Access fee is £2 for 24 hours (just to release the bike)
You then pay a usage charge depending on how long you use it
The first 30 minutes are free, and you pay an extra £2 for every 30 minutes after that
See tfl.gov.uk for more information
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near The City
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near The City
Buses:
The following bus routes go near The City: 4, 8, 11, 15, 21, 23, 25, 26, 42, 43, 47, 48, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 242, RV1
London bus fares 2016
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit The City are Bank Cannon Street Mansion House Monument Moorgate
Note: The actual closest train station to The City is Bank
London train fares 2016
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This won't be everybody's cup of tea... but if hiring a bike and weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic sounds like your idea of fun, then how about riding a bike for a few hours?

London has a network of hire bikes spread all over the city which have become known as "Boris Bikes", after the Mayor of London who introduced them (Boris Johnson, himself a well-known cyclist). Their official name is the much less interesting 'Santander Cycles'.

It's completely self-service and there's no need to book. All you have to do is walk up to one of the bike racks and insert your credit/debit card (they don't accept cash). You will find the bike racks all over the place -- there are 700 racks and over 10,000 bikes, so you are never very far from one. You can then cycle wherever you like and drop it off at another rack.

Note: You must be over-18 to hire a bike, and over-14 to ride them. You can keep the bike for a maximum of 24 hours, and the late return fees are extremely steep -- £150! If you damage the bike or don't return it then you will be charged even more -- £300. So don't leave it in the street for chrissakes, because they have your bank card remember -- always make sure that you have returned it correctly into a rack.

We also have some information about a guided bike tour around London, if you'd rather try that (safety in numbers!).

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