Hi! My name is Ola Wallin.
I´m the founder and one of the tour leaders at
Notting Hill Bike tours.
I´m from Sweden and began my trips to London at the age of 10.
In those days, it was mostly about Arsenal Football Club, The Sex Pistols and kebabs.
We didn´t have kebab in Stockholm in the early eighties, I remember my friends in Stockholm were quite thrilled about my stories about this new and exciting food.
(Maybe not a great story as the one about Marco Polo bringing the spaghetti from China to Italy, but never the less)
Nowadays, I must admit I support another club than Arsenal FC and I´ve been a vegetarian for ages, I still listen to Sex Pistols though.
As I got a little bit older I started to take interest in more things about London, such as the architecture, the parks, the culture, the markets, the bars, the food, the London history and the great mix of people living here.
Now I´m a part of this great mix myself.
I live in Shepherds Bush, thats about 2 km west of Notting Hill.
In 2016 when I was working as a personal trainer in Stockholm, I brought some of my Swedish clients to Notting Hill for workout weekends.
Between traditional gym and outdoor training I took them cycling and walking around London for sightseeing and exercise.
They liked the excursions as much as the workouts, maybe even more.
So In December 2016 I decided to search for a bigger bike storage.
I wanted a place with space for a coffee machine, a fridge for cool drinks, music and room enough for some seats if you just want to hang out.
Through mutual friends I found my colleague Lena, a former bike tour guide who had re-located from Stockholm to London in 2013 to pursue music and comedy.
My dear friend and consigliere Maud helped out with brainstorming everything from marketing to logistics. Maud is also known to be the person who built our espresso bar in less than 2 hours.
That bar will hold as long as the London wall!
In April 2017 we got the keys to the place we call The “Grotto”, the perfect little crib in Gloucester Mews close to Paddington station and Hyde Park.
The name Grotto we took from the song “I was born to be loved” by the Swedish pop group Deportees, that song was on repeat the weekend we moved in.
The Grotto is now the hub of Notting Hill Bike tours.
Londoners are just as welcome as tourists to go on set routes or tailor made adventures.
On weekends there are the unique single cycle trips for singles.
On a tour we like to show the most obvious and iconic parts of London, some of the Citys past, present and future, as well as some personal favourites.
Since all partipicipants are unique, every trip is unique.
London is a great City to cycle in, we only cycle in the parks or in the cycle lanes.
For safety we always provide helmets (Unisex, small, medium and large)
For more info and updates, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
After the tour we will be happy to assist you in any way we can and to share our great experiences about London.
In March 2018 we had an offer we couldn´t refuse:-) So in April we will move to the best location there is. 20 meters from Queensway tube and 10 meters from Kensington gardens. A little bit smaller but a whole lot better logistics for you.