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Meet the penny farthing, the first ever contraption to be called a ‘bicycle’. Iconic and quintessentially English, it was named after the two famous coins that resemble its wheels and proved a hit with wealthy Londoners who first rode them around the city nearly 150 years ago. This exhilarating tour offers a very rare opportunity to travel back in time and try it for yourself. With some expert guidance, you’ll learn the basics (namely how to mount and dismount which is, believe me, a tad terrifying at first) in one of London’s most handsome Georgian squares. Then, prepare to take to the streets: along Piccadilly, around Trafalgar Square (yes, really) and onwards to Buckingham Palace, much to the delight of all those you pass. It's not often that you get to glide through backstreets and promenades on one of these fantastic machines.
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Refunds are permitted if cancelled in writing 4 days or more before the tour. No refunds if cancelled within 4 days. This policy comes directly from the tour operator. Other important bits: • This experience is in English • This experience runs rain or shine • Safety equipment is optional for this tour, and is available free of charge • This tour involves road cycling – primarily on dedicated cycle paths or quiet back streets