Santander, sponsor of London’s “Boris bikes”, is to host four cycling festival events this summer. The “money can’t buy” events will be staged between July and September and will be available by ballot.
The four events are:
The Science Museum – Twilight Tours
Aafter-hours guided cycling tour on Santander Cycles through some of the museum’s world-famous galleries. Each group will stop at various points to hear from curators about the stories behind the exhibits. Dates are available in July and August.
During the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, Santander Cycles will run activities at the Potters Field Park on the banks of the Thames by Tower Bridge. Exclusive experiences to be announced soon.
ZSL London Zoo Sunrise Cycle Tour
A tour though the zoo before it opens to the public. Groups will stop at the enclosures to find out more about the animals and ZSL’s work for wildlife in more than 50 countries around the world. This experience will be available on the mornings of 11th, 12th and 13th September.
Open House London
The annual Open House gives people an opportunity to directly experience amazing architecture across the capital, by opening more than 800 buildings’ doors for free over one weekend. On top of this, there will be exclusive access to selected buildings and gardens participating in Open House London available only via Santander Cycles. This includes Lambeth Palace (Archbishop of Canterbury’s London residence), which will offer a Sunset Cycle after hours on Saturday 19th September. More dates and exclusive access to be announced.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Summer in London is the perfect time to take to two wheels and explore the city’s hidden treasures. There are many glorious cycle routes to enjoy in our capital and these new festivals will be a great way to encourage even more people to try out Santander Cycles at a host of unique venues.”
Keith Moor, Chief Marketing Officer of Santander said: “We want to make using the Santander Cycle Scheme easy, fun and rewarding. These festivals are a great example of the excitement we want to bring to the scheme – giving people the chance to do things they simply could not experience in any other way.”
Santander became partners in London’s cycle hire scheme earlier this year in a seven year deal.