Our year-round programme of architecture tours by foot, bike and boat are led by specialist guides helping you look at the themes and issues shaping the capital today – from the design of homes, to infrastructure and urban landscapes.

Featured Tour

Architecture on the Thames Central - Sat 29 Sept


This afteroon tour along the River Thames surveys the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond with our expert guide. 

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Architecture on the Thames boat tours

Journey down the Thames looking at iconic landmarks that make London so architecturally diverse. Led by our specialist guide, architect Benedict O'Looney, whose in-depth knowledge guarantees deep insight and thoughtful commentary. Select from two different tours exploring different sections of the Thames.

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Photography tours

Introductory tours with architectural photographers looking at how to effectively photograph London's architecture. Tours include:

-Wren to Rogers: an exploration of the City of London and its hugely impressive mix of history and modernity
-Architecture by Night: Photographing the City’s iconic structures where lighting dramatically re-enforces their night time presence (spring & autumn)
-Shoreditch: photograph one of London’s fastest changing urban landscapes

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Walking tours

Explore some of the best of London's architecture on foot with our experienced guides all working in the field of architecture and urban design. Tours include:

-King's Cross Renaissance: One of London's largest regeneration schemes
-Navigating East London: the Lea Valley, linking Stratford & Canary Wharf
-From Cathedral to Commerce: the City of London, London's historic core
-Olympics and Beyond: a guide to QEOP
-The Real Lea Valley: industry and art beyond the Olympic Park
-Walking the River Fleet: a series of 3 walks exploring the Fleet
-Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea: set to become one of the city's primary cultural and commercial destinations.

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An evening with...

Exclusive opportunities to tour award-winning and unique London homes with the architect and/or owner, over drinks and nibbles.

The next event in this series is An Evening...With Wood Lane on Thursday 20 September 6.30pm / 7.45pm

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Excellent commentary and great to see things from a different viewpoint - both physically and intellectually!

Architecture on the Thames boat tour attendee

The tour offered a large number of vistas which are easily overlooked. As I know the City well, it was particularly rewarding to see buildings with which I was reasonably familiar, from a completely new point of view, through the eyes of a photographer

Photography tour attendee

We were very interested to see how the King's Cross area is progressing, it's such an important development, taking place almost on our doorstep

King's Cross walking tour attendee

The guide was extremely knowledgable and engaging, with a passion for his subject

Cathedral to Commerce walking tour attendee

Important Information

Booking: No tickets are issued, your booking is confirmed on receipt of payment auto reply. Your guide will have your name and number of places on the day.

Cancellation policy: Unfortunately, we are unable to refund or transfer bookings if you choose to cancel them. If we have to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances, we will offer you a full refund or the opportunity to book onto another tour.

Please note: all tours go ahead rain or shine...

Any queries or if you are interested in organising a private tour with us for your group or work place please get in touch with Adrianna Carroll-Battaglino at 

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£35.50 gift voucher (An Evening tours/boat tours)
£25.50 gift voucher (Walking tours/cycle tours)