It would be lovely to be able to cycle along the riverside throughout London. But since the Thames frontage is all too often claimed by busy roads, it can sometimes be safer to venture ‘inland’. This route is a good demonstration of that.
National Cycle Network route 4 follows the Chelsea Embankment on a shared-use path before heading into Pimlico along Lupus Street. Take care when crossing Lambeth Bridge, and especially, at the junction by Lambeth North tube station. Once you’ve passed that, though, Baylis Road has reasonable cycle lanes, which lead into the traffic-calmed The Cut. The attractive, narrow Union Street takes you towards Borough and London Bridge.