Watch London pause for one weekend only

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It's not often that a huge chunk of London is held at a standstill, so you know that when it happens, it must be a pretty big deal.

Well, on the weekend of August 9th-10th, an eight-mile loop around central London will be closed to regular traffic and bikes will be able to hit the roads without any worries or concerns. Regardless of what age you are or how well you bike it, the roads of London will be completely free during the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, and to top it all, it's completely free!

Spend the day, whizzing around the capital, completely forgetting what cars look like. The aim of the day is to encourage more people to cycle to school or work and live a healthier lifestyle, while also clamping down on carbon emissions and heavy road traffic in the capital city.

Later on at 5pm, there will also be a Grand Prix around St James's Park, where professional female cyclists and young Olympic hopefuls will race one another in what is sure to be a breathtaking event. Furthermore, on the Sunday 10th, 24,000 amateur cyclists will take on a 100-mile route similar to that seen in the 2012 Games. Most of the riders here will be raising money for charity, so if you are not getting involved yourself, be sure to cheer them on along Pall Mall.

You may want to combine this amazing weekend with a relaxing trip to the capital city, incorporating some major attractions in your itinerary, including Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the London Dungeons. Note however, demand for hotels in London tends to rocket in August, so you will need to be speedy in sorting your accommodation out.

For more information on the event and to register, visit the official website.