Londonist loves the Science Museum. We love the Science Museum even more after hours. And we love the Science Museum most of all after hours, on a bike. Which is exactly what you can do as part of the Santander Summer of Cycling.
We pick up our Santander Cycles (aka the red Boris Bikes) in the entry hall and whizz down the ramp behind Colin, our guide for the evening. Colin is an old hand in the Science Museum, often found in the galleries performing as Gene Cernan or other scientific characters. He expertly explains the exhibits and tells the stories behind the science, carefully guiding wobbly cyclists around the galleries.
We were relieved to hear that the cycle route has been carefully planned to prevent crashes, to protect the priceless exhibits (and cyclists). The bite sized taster tour takes us past steam engines, long wave communications towers and a replica of a lunar lander. It is all over in half an hour, but science on bikes at night might be the most fun we've ever had in a museum.
Tickets for Science Museum bike tours on 12-14 August are available through a ballot. They are free, but numbers are limited. Future Santander Summer of Cycling venues include the ZSL London Zoo, and Lambeth Palace as part of Open House London. Find out more at www.santander.co.uk/cycles.