We all need a bit of inspiration for some weekend mini adventures right here in the UK. So here we go with our first installment starting perhaps where you wouldnt expect us to, London town. It may be more urban jungle than great escape, but a weekend in London by bike is definitely recommended as a great way to explore our wonderfully diverse capital city.Even before the Boris Bikes, London was popular with cyclists. Packs of two-wheeled commuters can be seen on a daily basis, jostling for slippery road space with cars and cabs, and whizzing past pedestrians confined to the pavement. With a wealth of cycle paths and dedicated bike routes dotted around the city, those very same bikes are put to surprisingly good use on the weekend, and the city is compact enough to properly escape using pure pedal power. One of the more spectacular inner city routes is the Royal Parks Circuit, showing off the very best of the West End, which is nearly as leafy as the countryside but with the added eye-candy of some of the worlds grandest architecture and most manicured parks. The 17.58 mile route starts and ends at St. James Park, taking in Hyde Park, Regents Park, Richmond Park and Green Park along the way. The few miles it runs along the Thames, from Chelsea to Westminster, make for a very special way to see the city. The Royal Parks Circuit encounters minimal traffic, and can be done on any type of bicycle. Its also quite achievable for children and inexperienced cyclists, and comes highly recommended as a cheap daytrip for anyone wishing to experience the living museum of London. There is no shortage of fine pubs on the route, not to mention some of the best hotels in the city. For those seeking decent accommodation on a limited budget, the W14 Hotel in West Kensington is a classy conversion of four Victorian town houses close to the endpoint of the route. Richmond Park also runs a series of popular walks around the Isabella Plantation, a jaw-dropping ornamental garden full of rare plant species. See the Royal Parks website for more information.More hardcore cyclists might prefer the epic West Hampstead to Box Hill route, which also allows you to take in Richmond Park on the way out, and returns via Putney. The 64 mile route lasts around six and half hours, and cuts a swathe through some of Londons highlights, north and south of the river, including Cheam and Wimbledon. If youre looking for a one-way route that takes you out of the city, never to return, the Addington Village to Bramley path gives you that wonderful sensation of a receding metropolis and an encroaching countryside that only gets greener, wider and more serene the further you cycle its 51 miles. Starting in Addington Village, you can set off after a restful night at the Landsdowne Hotel in nearby Croydon. Bookings with all these London hotels can be made via the website LondonTown.com, where youll find plenty of discounted rooms, up to 85%!