Penny Farthing Bike Tour London

Greater London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Neil

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

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
  • 109 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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Sun, 8 Aug
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10:00 - 13:00
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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 4.95 out of 5 from 109 reviews.

Helen
July 2021
An absolutely amazing morning, Neil is an excellent instructor. It was a dream come true to ride a Penny Farthering and around London made it even more special. Thank you.
Emma
June 2021
Neil was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. He was encouraging at all times during the training. It was such an amazing experience Penny Farthing around London. The tour was excellent and it was great to stop outside of Buckingham Palace for photos. 100% recommend this experience!
Neil was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. He was encouraging at all times during the training. It was such an amazing experience Penny Farthing around London. The tour was ex…
Laura
May 2021
I bought this experience for my daughter’s birthday and she thought it was magnificent! She loves a challenge and with the patient clear direction from Neil, she learnt how to ride the penny farthing. As a bonus the group cycled down The Mall and enjoyed ‘celebrity’ status as passers by enjoyed the sight of Penny farthing cyclists. I would warmly recommend this experience and wish Neil all the best with the Penny Farthing Club.
I bought this experience for my daughter’s birthday and she thought it was magnificent! She loves a challenge and with the patient clear direction from Neil, she learnt how to ride…
Thomas
May 2021
Neil was a fantastic instructor and made the whole experience incredibly enjoyable. Neil made learning to ride the Penny Farthing really easy and it was especially fun riding past all of London’s famous landmarks. Thanks Neil for making a trip special and you have a new fan of the Penny Farthing!
Neil was a fantastic instructor and made the whole experience incredibly enjoyable. Neil made learning to ride the Penny Farthing really easy and it was especially fun riding past…
Rebecca
May 2021
My other half bought this experience for the two of us and, while I was skeptical of riding a penny farthing and nervous about possibly falling off, it turned out to be an extremely fun time. Neil was very attentive and his instruction was really easy to follow. He firstly guided us around one at a time on a penny farthing so that we could get used to how it felt to ride one. From there it was learning how to balance, followed by how to mount and dismount, and then riding around a small curcuit until we were comfortable with everything. At that point, we went on our tour around Westminster and ended up outside Buckingham Palace. We have some great photos and fantastic memories of the day and next time I'm in London I'm most certainly going to give Penny Farthing another go. If anyone is nervous about going penny farthing but at the same time is interested in going, my advice would be to not worry and to just go for it as it's easier than you think it's going to be. I was nervous and didn't fall off once. I would definitely recommend this experience.
My other half bought this experience for the two of us and, while I was skeptical of riding a penny farthing and nervous about possibly falling off, it turned out to be an extreme…
Mark
December 2020
Clear and safe instructions. (Patient too!) Great spot for riding. Top quality brand new equipment. Easier than I expected - Balancing is not hard.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Rubber soled shoes or trainers

Long trousers