Private Architecture Tour of London
- Small, Private Tour: Enjoy one-on-one interaction with your expert guide, who is a Ph.D. or MA level architectural historian, in an intimate group of no more than six.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral (1666): Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built after the Great Fire of London in 1666 the cathedral typifies the architectural style of the epoch.
- Temple Church (12th Century): Built by the Knights Templar, the church represents medieval London as it transitioned from Norman-Romanesque architecture to Gothic stylings.
- The Staple Inn (Medieval Manor): The Great Hall of Staple Inn is an example of how great houses of the era were constructed.
- Prince Henry’s Room (Elizabethan/Jacobean): One of the few timber and frame houses to survive the Great Fire
- Lindsey House (Jacobean): An ambitious house building project that has a place in history for being the first land development project in the West End.
- Bring the little ones: Our docents are family friendly and can adapt their presentation styles to the learning styles of children. However please contact us directly if you have children under 13. We’d love information about the favorite school subjects and hobbies. The more we know the better the docent match we can make for you.
About This London Tour
We start our walk at the Bedford Square end of St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the 52 London churches designed by Christopher Wren, the architect charged with rebuilding London’s landmarks after the Great Fire of 1666. Wren’s works set the style of the city for his epoch. Our next stop, Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century, represents one of the best places to discuss medieval London and its transition from Norman-Romanesque to Gothic architecture.
As your tour time aligns with local site availability we will visit either Prince Henry's Room or the Staple Inn, rare survivors of the Great Fire of 1666 and fine examples of Elizabethan and Jacobean timber-framed houses. London’s classical architectural language for the Jacobean period will be represented by Lindsey House on Lincoln's Inn Field, one of the first attempts at land development in the West End.
In conclusion, our walk may circle back to the Square Mile where we will see how the Blitz of World War 2 influenced London's architectural trends and development. Our guides can offer examples of how Brutalism design, the architecture of the Barbican Center, or the role city planners, politicians and financial institutions influenced the reshaping of London’s skyline over the last 20 years. Time permitting, if there is sufficient interest, we may cross Covent Garden and walk through the British Museum which will lead us to Bloomsbury and the Georgian era Bedford Square. Bedford Square is one of the finest preserved manifestations of 18th century concepts of symmetrical and uniform urban planning.
Please meet your guide in front of St Paul's by the statue of Queen Anne. The cathedral is easily accessible on foot from the Millennium Bridge or the St. Paul's tube stop on the Central (red) line.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.
If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Buildings, museums, streets, and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
The docent who leads a given walk may become unavailable at the last minute due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. In these cases we will seek to re-organize the walk to accommodate the change; however, our responsibility in these cases is limited and we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide.
You are pre-paid for the itinerary but are responsible for entrances to the sites you will visit on the walk. Most sites are free to visit, but some churches require a donation (approx. 1 or 2 GBP).
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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