Penny Farthing Bike Tour London

Greater London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Neil

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
A local favourite
Often booked by people who live nearby.
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.

What you'll do

Master the art of riding these splendid machines on a tour through Westminster in central London. After meeting us at London Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road, Westminster, SW1P 2DX, we will introduce you to the Penny Farthing bicycle, provide you with your equipment including helmets and let you know what you will be doing during the experience. Then we will head out onto the streets where you will learn to safely mount, ride and dismount.

Keen to ride more? After a short coffee break, we will head out on a leisurely guided journey around the Westminster area, past many iconic locations such as the Palace of Westminster, Parliament Square, Churchill War Rooms, the gardens of 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. After a short photo stop we will then roll on back to London Scottish House and return to the present day!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This sporting experience is physically demanding and therefore only recommended for people with a reasonable level of fitness and those under the age of retirement.
Other things to note
You must be at least 5ft 3in (160 cm) tall, weigh less than 100 kgs (220 Lbs) and be in good physical shape. It helps if guests are already competent and confident bike riders in city environments.
Master the art of riding these splendid machines on a tour through Westminster in central London. After meeting us at London Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road, Westminster, SW1P 2DX, we will introduce you to the Penny Farthing bicycle, provide you with your equipment including helmets and let you know what you will be doing during the experience. Then we will head out onto the streets where you will learn to safely mount, ride and dismount…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Modern replica Penny Farthing bicycle, safety helmet, hi-vis jackets and gl...

Meet your host, Neil

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 135 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Neil Laughton is one of the most experienced Penny Farthing bicycle riders in the world and has taught many hundreds of novices. He loves to share the joys of riding modern replica Penny Farthing bicycles with others. Neil has ridden a Penny Farthing from Lands End to John O’Groats (874 miles), he is Captain of the England Penny Farthing Polo Team and he has three Guinness World Records for riding a Penny Farthing with “no hands!”
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From £90/ person

This time is popular
£90 per person

Where you'll be

You will meet your Penny Farthing Bike Tour host at London Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London, SW1P 2DX. The nearest tube station is Victoria. The training phase will take place in the quiet streets nearby and then after a coffee break, we will embark on a guided bike tour of Westminster, stopping at Buckingham Palace for photos before returning to London Scottish House.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 135 reviews.

Alexis
November 2021
This experience was worth every farthing. As a longtime (but distant) penny-farthing enthusiast, I was excited to give this a try, but convinced I’d be unable to ride through the streets. I had no need to be worried because Neil is a phenomenal instructor and gave us ample time to practice with his assistance before we set off outdoors. I’m not the most coordinated person, but I felt comfortable and confident because of the amount of practice time. It looks scarier than it is! If you’re hesitant, give it a try. It was also an incredibly unique way to tour through London. We stopped in front of Buckingham for some pictures and became the main tourist attraction for a few minutes. If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience to push you a little outside of your comfort zone or an experience for great photo ops or to make all of your friends and family jealous, I couldn’t recommend Neil’s penny-farthing tour any higher.
Kelly
November 2021
Excellent instruction and tour on Penny Farthing bikes. Very fun and very comfortable after some practice. Neil does a great job with safety, repetition for confidence, and a very fun experience!
Meg
November 2021
Neil was so gracious and patient teaching all of my family to ride. What an exciting experience. He was charming and friendly. This was definitely a great experience. Thank you so much!
David
November 2021
We had such fun. Neil is a great instructor and put himself out to make sure we had a fabulous time. A memorable experience!
Kym
October 2021
Fantastic experience great host very experienced trainer with lots of knowledge and history on the penny farthing would most definetly do again .
Brian
October 2021
A wonderful experience! Neil helped us acquire this skills necessary to get on and off the bikes safely, and ride them, using an indoor setting and the quieter streets of London. Then we headed out for a lovely ride to Buckingham Palace, with lots of smiles and waves from people on the streets. Great fun!

Choose from available dates

1 available
  • Sun, 12 Dec
    10:00 - 13:00
    This time is popular
    £90 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Rubber soled shoes or trainers

Long trousers