I'm about to relocate to London in 2 weeks. I've never lived in the UK before. (From the USA originally.) I'll be working near Covent Garden, and I would ideally like to try to commute to work as much as possible by bike (a new Cannondale Touring 2 I just ordered and will be picking up 2 weeks from today -- can't wait!).
My question is, what part of London is most bike-friendly? Are there a concentration of bike paths in certain parts of London? If I want to bike to central London, is there a preferred origination point? Is there a part of London that makes it easy to get out into the surrounding area on bike? Since I basically have no pre-existing connection with London, I could settle anywhere, and I figured it might as well be a bike-friendlier part of town.
Many thanks for any suggestions!