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Insider London Walking Tours: Modern Architecture Tour

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Key facts

Where: London , United Kingdom Duration: 3.5 hours

Highlights

  • Discover London’s hidden architectural wonders
  • Perfect for visitors and locals alike
  • Voted the best ′London Tours for Londoners′ by the London Paper
  • See the London you don′t find in the guidebooks

Overview

The UK capital has some of the most exciting architecture in the world. It’s an amazing place, especially if you know where to go. Whether you live in the city or are just visiting, this imaginative London walking tour will reveal many hidden gems you might never discover by yourself.

This tour moves through three separate areas of London, helping you gain your bearings in this huge city. Your expert guide will show you the latest architectural wonders and give you the inside track on some of its most iconic structures.

Along the way, you will learn how London’s history has shaped its layout and how it continues to do so even today. The many highlights of the tour include a famously controversial building and a preview of the latest addition to Tate Modern.

Visitors to the city will get an insider’s view of the vibrant UK capital; Londoners will gain an exciting new perspective on the place where they live.

Itinerary

Please meet your guide at 1000h (10:00am) at the entrance to the Southwark Tube Station. He or she will be holding an ‘Insider London’ sign.

This 3 ½ hour tour focuses on the last 10 years of London's architectural development, but also considers important historic structures, like St. Paul's Cathedral and the Bankside Power Station, as they continue to influence the fabric of the city's built environment.

After meeting at Southwark tube station, the tour crosses the Thames and through to the most dramatic, extravagant and futuristic buildings of The City. See over 17 of London's most unusual buildings and spaces back-to-back, and learn not only about the construction of each building, but the design of the city as a whole.

The tour moves through three separate areas of London. The first hour will focus on Southwark and Southbank. For the second hour you will move on to Blackfriars and the Roman City. You will then enjoy a coffee break at the Barbican's Waterside Café (payable direct) before going on to last part of the walking tour, which covers the Barbican and the City since post-war development.

The tour structure helps guests gain their bearings in this huge and often difficult-to-navigate city. During the coffee break you can either take a rest for half an hour or independently explore the Barbican – London' s loved and hated Modernist 'Machine for Living.' The tour finishes in the centre of modern development, at a building voted 'Most Admired' around the globe.

Highlights of your London walking tour include:

• The controversial eco-building loved by some but also named 'Worst New Building'
• The futuristic walkways intended to cover all of London
• The influence of Roman London, St Paul's Cathedral and World War II on the layout of London, even today
• A sneak preview at the latest addition to Tate Modern
• A complex, multi-faceted building made of just three different moulded shapes

Your tour ends at 30 Mary Axe, City of London, EC3A 8EP, or at Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate, London, Greater, London, EC2M 7P.

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Reviews

Thank you for providing this wonderful tour - what an opportunity. As with all guided tours the guide is all important and Warren was a knock-out - so knowledgeable with an easy... Colin J Fletcher

It was on Modern Architecture, the guide was Hedley. Hedley is a completely appropriate man for the tour of this kind - he is well-spoken, intelligent and polite, and what is... Elena Arefieva

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Wednesday & Sunday

Duration

3.5 hours

Start time

Start time: Wednesday: 1300h (1:00pm)
Sunday: 1000h (10:00am)
Duration: 3.5 hours (including a coffee break at a relevant location)

Meeting point

Please meet the guide at the entrance to the Southwark Tube Station. He or she will be holding an Insider London sign.
How to reach the meeting point:
By Tube: Jubilee Line to Southwark Tube Station
By Train: A fifteen minute walk east from Waterloo Station
By Bus: Check the Transportation for London planner online

Ending point

The tour ends at 30 Mary Axe, City of London, EC3A 8EP, or at Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate, London, Greater, London, EC2M 7P

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • List of buildings included on the tour

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and Drinks

Do/Dont's

Customers should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring an umbrella in the case of less than perfect weather

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
This tour will run in the event of rain

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • This is a small group tour with a maximum of 12 people
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  • 5Reviews (2)
  • "Modern London Revealed" Thank you for providing this wonderful tour - what an opportunity. As with all guided tours the guide is all important and Warren was a knock-out - so knowledgeable with an easy...
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