One hour in London

From tourist attractions to the trendiest hangouts; immerse yourself in England’s capital city with this 60-minute tour Words: Scott Walker
Photos: Alex Irvine

One hour rides: London

From tourist attractions to the trendiest hangouts; immerse yourself in England’s capital city with this 60-minute tour.

 

Words: Scott Walker
Photos: Alex Irvine

The great city of London is a thriving metropolis where old meets new, spread out over 600 square miles.

The roads are notoriously busy, and now with the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges it can feel like the odds are stacked against you. But, fear not. With just one spare hour and a post-2017 H-D® rental you can take yourself from the hustle and bustle of downtown out to lush green forests.

Starting at the UK’s third busiest train station in Liverpool Street, your options are limitless. Head west and you’ll find yourself in Hyde Park, near Buckingham Palace. Then a short trip south-east will take you past tourist hotspots in Westminster, and across the bridge to Waterloo you’ll find yourself in the shadow of the soaring London Eye.

Start your journey with a quick ride to the Leadenhall Market on Gracechurch Street. Dating back to the 14th century, the market had a facelift in 1991, and eagle-eyed visitors will notice it was featured in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film in 2001.

From there, join the A10 and head north-east towards the forever-cool Shoreditch, filled with shops, pubs, exciting food and trend setters. Synonymous with Banksy’s work in the late 90s/early 2000s, the area is still alive with street art of all forms among high-end retail units. Stop by at The Great Frog on Holywell Lane and check the beautiful 1940 Knucklehead in the window, then take in a mix of rock 'n' roll-influenced jewellery displayed between vintage chopper tanks and a 1970s Buick.

When in East London, there is no better place for a quick snack than the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake shop. Founded in 1974 and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it’s a must for any visiting foodie. The salt beef with mustard and gherkin is particularly good, be it 1pm or 1am.

Once you’ve had your fill, take the A1209 down through Bethnal Green and on to the A12 towards the 5,900-acre Epping Forest. This ancient woodland sits between Greater London and Essex, and in 1882 Queen Victoria declared it ‘The People’s Forest’. It’s also the perfect place to toast the end of your one-hour ride around London, with a cuppa at the motorcyclists’ favourite ‘Tea Shack’.

If this has whetted your appetite to hit the road, why not visit a local dealer to take a one-hour test ride today! Visit testrides.harley-davidson.com to get booked in.