Discover London's female greats by bike

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and cyclists for Santander and TfL

Walking tours are great but they can be a little... slow. A cycle tour is a sustainable alternative to an open-top bus, and there's a new one planned for London this August and September.

Called Tour de Force, the free (yes, free of charge) guided cycling tour focuses on women who've made history in the city. It starts at Kensington Gardens and finishes at the statue of Florence Nightingale at Waterloo Place, taking in sights such as the new statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, the memorial for WW2 undercover operative Violette Szabo and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery by architect Zaha Hadid along the way.

Santander TfL Tour de Force 2

It's a co-lab between Santander – who's given its rental bicycles (AKA Boris Bikes) a suffragette-themed makeover for the tours – and Transport for London.

"In London there is history around every corner and, with an ever-expanding network of cycle lanes, it's easier than ever to enjoy our capital by bike," says Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair, Transport for London.

Three-time World and Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (pictured) is the face of the campaign. She comments: "I hope the Tour can help inspire women everywhere to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow in their chosen field – whether it's finance, science, politics, the arts or sport."

The tours will only run over the next four Sundays (August 19th and 26th, September 2nd and 9th, twice a day) but afterwards the Tour de Force bicycles will be put on the TfL network and the map will be available online.

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