At a glance
See the iconic St Paul’s and Tower Bridge
Visit a viewing platform to see the skyline
Step back to medieval and Victorian times
Hear about London’s ever-evolving modern view
Relax with a coffee & cake at St Paul’s crypt
Can be 100% personalized to your wishes
In a city as huge, diverse, and ever-changing as London, it’s no surprise to find that there’s a vast amount of amazing architecture to discover! Join your favorite local host for a tour that takes you through the whole range, from Roman remains to the very latest 21st-century constructions.
The sights this tour has to offer are household names, including must-sees like Tower Bridge and the world-famous St Paul’s Cathedral, where you’ll also have the chance to relax with coffee and cake at the café tucked away in its crypt. The cathedral’s architect, Sir Christopher Wren, was also responsible for another of the stops: the elegant St Clement Danes church, badly damaged in the Blitz during World War II but now restored to its true baroque splendor.
Along with these big hitters are some less well-known gems hidden away among London’s streets, and your local host will help you discover them. Hear about Shakespeare’s role in the medieval Middle Temple hall, see the Victorian Leadenhall Market built on the site of a Roman forum, and learn about how London rebuilt itself after the Blitz of World War II.
Settled alongside the city’s ancient locations is an ever-changing list of modern constructions that you cannot miss! Take a walk among the Brutalist 1970s towers of the Barbican, stop by at the 1980s ‘inside-out’ Lloyds Building, and come back to the 21st century as you take in the ‘Gherkin,’ the ‘Cheese Grater’ and City Hall. To see how they all fit together, head up to the 10th-floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern to gaze out over the River Thames and the modern city skyline. Check out the museum’s huge exhibition space as you come back down to ground level: it was once a power station turbine hall!
This tour saves the biggest until last – you’ll finish up at the Shard, at 310 meters, the tallest building in London, the UK, and the whole of the European Union when it was completed in 2012. And if you want to get a spectacular view, ask your host how to get to the top of the tower for a drink or a meal as you look down over the city you’ve just explored.
All Withlocals experiences are private tours that can be customized to your wishes, so if there’s anything you would like to see or if you would like to adjust the route a bit, be sure to let your local host know.