Bicycle rental in London

Bicycle rental in LondonAs it turns out in my research there’s some pretty cool bicycle rental places in London. For a long time when a friend was visiting London I would simply direct them to one place I knew that had clunky, step over frame bicycles. However, it is actually possible to rent a fixie, a tandem or even a recumbent if you know where to look.

I did the research because I wanted to add these places to the London Bike Shop iPhone app. If you’ve already downloaded the app then make sure you go to the App Store on your iPhone and download the latest version which includes bike rental places. For those of us without an iPhone here are the locations I found where you can rent a bicycle for the day without paying the extortionate daily cycle hire bike rates.

Cloud 9 Cycles

Rental of fixies and Dutch style bikes. £25/rental day | WC1E 7DB | 0203 20 50 190

London Bicycle Tour Company

Bicycle rental and tours. £20/day | SE1 9PP | 0207 928 6838


Brompton folding bicycles for rental. £20/day | W1W 8BD | 0207 637 4004

On Your Bike

Hybrid bicycles and Trek road bikes for rental. £12/day | SE1 2SZ | 0207 378 6669

London Recumbents

Rent a recumbent bike. £15 per hour of rental | SE21 7BQ | 0208 299 6636

Smith Bros

Mountain bikes with full suspension for rental.

SW19 5DL | 0208 946 2270

City Bike Service

Hybrid bicycle, folding bikes and racing bikes available for rental. From £20/day | EC2A 3EN | 0207 247 4151

Dutch bike hire

Not open in winter. Rental of Dutch style bicycles and tandems. £25/day


Rents their own brand road bike. | IG7 6DQ | 0208 500 4841

Southbank Cycles

Bicycle rental. | SW8 2JU | 0207 622 3069

Inside the London Bike Shop iPhone app you can also see what times these London bicycle rental shops are open.

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21 Responses to Bicycle rental in London

  1. Brian Jones 20/12/2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I led a bicycle tour of East End cafes last summer and can fully recommend City Bike Service. Really efficient and friendly staff and loads of properly maintained bikes. At first glance the place looks like they only deal in motorcycles. No worries – just walk through the motorcycle shop and the bikes are in the rear.

    • Andreas 20/12/2010 at 4:02 pm #

      I must say Brian I was confused when I landed on their website. I thought no way can these guys do bicycle rental. But sure enough..! Thanks for the review

    • Maxwell 22/08/2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Why not try out CityTooSurf rent from local hosts, have them tell you where the best spots to head to in London

  2. Brian Jones 20/12/2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Here’s a link to a map of my East End Coffee ride where we used City Bike Service’s bicycles in case anyone is interested:

  3. CJ 21/12/2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I would be interested to know if these companies have been affected much since the introduction of the Boris Bikes.

    • Andreas 21/12/2010 at 1:55 pm #

      Me too but I strongly doubt it because these guys specialising in renting out bikes for the entire day. Plus at £20 for a days rental – that’s good money!

  4. Victoria 28/05/2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I went to Southbank Cycles earlier today and the fellow I spoke to denied that they rent bikes out.

  5. Teresa Stokes 06/07/2012 at 10:24 am #

    This page needs to be updated. Since February 2011 there has been Tally Ho Cycle Tours near Waterloo Station, they also do cycle hire, which are all very stylish Pashleys.

  6. James 06/08/2012 at 8:17 am #

    You can also rent electric bikes from based in London Bridge. £25 for full day. Great fun, shop is a bit hard to find but they have a video on their homepage showing you how to find it from London Bridge station. A really cool way to see London.

  7. Mo 07/08/2012 at 5:29 am #

    I am looking for hire 4 bikes (2 adults, 2 kids) just for a few hours, to cycle around the park. But most co. only offer adult bikes. Any reliable bike rental co. to recommend?

    • Andreas 07/08/2012 at 10:25 am #

      Please see the above recommendations!

  8. Alex 29/12/2012 at 10:29 am #

    Don’t forget:

    FREE tandem hire to people with special needs or disabilities from Charlotte’s Tandems.

    • Alex 29/12/2012 at 12:04 pm #

      The website is

  9. Alex 29/12/2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I meant

  10. Sriram 28/07/2013 at 9:53 am #


    I have Boardman bikes (hybrid and race bikes) which I am looking to rent out. As you will see below, the rates are very reasonable, especially for such high quality bikes.

    For the full specs of the bikes, visit my website:

    Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.


    Weekends (Friday to Sunday) £25
    A Full Week (including weekend) £50
    Two Weeks £75
    One Month £120

  11. michelle 21/08/2013 at 11:03 am #

    Any chance you could update the details for us on your site, because have just had a confusing conversation about our prices with a customer
    So our information needs to be updated please to –

    City Bike Service

    Hybrid bicycles, racing bikes, electric bikes for rental. FROM £20/day | EC2A 3EN | 0207 247 4151


    • Andreas 21/08/2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Done – thanks Michelle!

  12. Gerrard 11/09/2013 at 5:25 am #

    seen this site. not tried them yet.
    1st negative is no helmets

  13. Gerrard 11/09/2013 at 5:27 am #
    sorry putlnk in wrong place

  14. Jacqui 10/12/2015 at 10:19 am #, only available at a few stations sadly. Good for kids as adjustable. Also, very limited is Peer to Peer hiring which I used in New York and made my week:

  15. frank 09/07/2017 at 1:22 pm #

    TERRIBLE SERVICE! I wish I hadn’t signed up, this is the worst service I have ever experienced. I have been unable to use any bike despite trying almost every day for the last two months. The dock in St Pancras is either not displaying on the list or without any available bikes. The customer service is INEXISTENT. Nobody answers the phone, nobody replies to emails. And this is a private company receiving public funds! Unacceptable

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