In one week, the London Bicycle Tour Company will make history. Wednesday 27th June will make the first day the company operates out of our new location, located at Lambeth Towers, 74 Kennington Road, London SE11 6NL.
After 27 years of conducting business from our small but cosy premises on the quaint, vintage outdoor shopping centre that is Gabriel’s Wharf, we’re taking the plunge and moving to a much larger premises in Kennington. While our base on the sunny Southbank has always been wonderful and our customers have loved cycling from our riverside hire centre along the cycle paths that line the banks of the Thames, the new premises will afford a bigger, more modern headquarters for operations heading into the busiest part of 2018.
The new base at Lambeth Towers will be a proper retail place, with increased services for our guests, who will be able to help themselves to coffee before a tour and enjoy the new facilities, as well as a whole room full of London and cycling-related gifts and souvenirs to take home. The bikes, which have always been stored outside braving the elements while we’ve been based at our small Gabriel’s Wharf office, will all find new homes inside, ensuring they are in excellent condition when they are rented to customers or used on tours.
The location of the new premises is as equally designed to increase the pleasantness of our clients’ experiences with us. Kennington is a vibey, up-and-coming area with wonderful inner-city green spaces and the Imperial War Museum is a mere stone’s throw away. There is also an array of restaurants with international and local cuisine, as well as traditional British pubs to refuel and relax after riding with us. The area is well-connected too, with Lambeth North Underground station just down the road and plenty of bus stops around.
The new location will also be much easier on the eye, with its large windows inducing sunlight and shutters being painted in the company’s classic blue and yellow colours. Even on the non-customer facing side, things will be getting better. The upstairs area will contain new offices for our management team, and the tour guides will have their own common room to chill out between and after tours and socialise. There’ll also be a brand new set of yellow and blue lockers out the back!
So it’s needless to see we’re massively excited to usher in this brand new period of a business with such a rich, 27 year history as the second oldest bicycle tour company in Europe. We’d love you to be a part of it too - why not book a tour with us and experience the great new atmosphere and vibes of positive change that the move will be bringing? We’d love to meet you and show you around - the premises, and the beautiful and amazing city that it’s located in….. See you soon!