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Commuting and the City: The London Edition

Commuting and the City: The London Edition

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Commuting and the City – the lesser-known sequel to the famous franchise, where Carrie went to London, missed the Tube and had to get a Boris bike… Okay, maybe not. We do, however, have a keen interest in city living. Whether we like it or not, a huge part of that is the daily commute or travelling around the city in general.

If you’re new to London, whether you’re moving there or just visiting, here are all the wonderful ways you can travel around the city:

Cycle Around the City

With low-emissions travel high on the agenda for many city dwellers, bicycle hire schemes are now more popular than ever. In London, you can hire Santander cycles for as little as £2 a day simply by picking it up from a docking station. This is perfect for an occasional visitor to the city as it’s a great way to travel to see the sights.

However, those who do the daily commute may prefer something more convenient. You may see people around the office or in public spots carrying bags bearing the name Brompton. Well, these bags hold compact folding bikes that are specifically designed for city living! They’re small and practical, light enough to be taken into homes, offices and bars when folded. Plus, they’re fully customisable to suit all your commuting needs.

Soar Above London in a Cable Car

For a form of travel that’s completely different, you can choose to travel across London by Emirates Air Line, which is a cable car link across the River Thames. You can use it as transport across the river, or simply hop on and enjoy the completely unique views that you’d never experience from a bus or a taxi.

The 1km line crosses from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Victoria Dock. So, if you’re heading to a convention at ExCel London, why not take the scenic route and admire the breath-taking views over the city? And if we still haven’t won you over… You can even use your Oyster card for a discount fare!

Hop on the Thames Fleet

London is famous for it’s river, so why not travel through London on the Thames! Tourists can book onto hop-on, hop-off River Roamers – a high speed fleet that takes passengers around all of London’s best sights. You can hop off at any of the 17 piers including London Eye, Westminster, North Greenwich and Battersea Power Station. If you’re looking for a way to mix it up on your daily commute, what better way to do that then sail through the iconic Tower Bridge on your way to work?

MBNA Thames Clippers have a number of routes on the River Thames too, whether you’re heading for a day out at Tate Modern or you need to travel between Putney and Blackfriars, or you have a meeting at Canary Wharf.