Tours

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 East - Sat 9 Mar

London’s future is in the east where some of London’s best architects are transforming this historic industrial landscape into a place to live and work. Join our afternoon river boat tour.

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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)
-Capturing Battersea: photograph this rapidly changing urban landscape

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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.

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Tour dates 2019

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 23 February 11am

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Walking Tour - Mostly PoMo

Saturday 2 March 10am

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Photography Tour - From Wren to Rogers

Saturday 2 March 10am

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Walking Tour - Olympics & Beyond

Saturday 9 March 11am

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Architecture on the Thames East with guest speaker

Saturday 9 March 1pm

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An Evening With...Round House

Thursday 14 March
6.30pm & 7.45pm

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 16 March 11am

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Anthony Coleman
Photography Tour - Capturing Battersea

Saturday 16 March 10am

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Walking Tour - King's Cross Renaissance

Saturday 23 March 10am

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Wednesday 27 March 2pm

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 30 March 11am

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Concrete Jungles of the East by Bike

Saturday 30 March 10am

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Photography Tour - Capturing Battersea

Saturday 6 April 10am

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An Evening With...Dartmouth Park House

Thursday 11 April 6.30/7.45pm

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 13 April 11am

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Walking Tour - The Real Lea Valley

Saturday 13 April 11am

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 20 April 11am

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Walking Tour - King's Cross Renaissance

Saturday 27 April 10am

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Walking Tour - Mostly PoMo

Saturday 27 April 10am

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An Evening With...Wood Lane

Thursday 9 May 6.30/7.45pm

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Walking Tour - Navigating new East London

Saturday 11 May 11am

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Photography Tour - From Wren to Rogers

Saturday 11 May 10am

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Walking Tour - King's Cross Renaissance

Saturday 18 May 11am

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 18 May 11am

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An Evening With...Gap House

Wednesday 22 May 2.30/3.45pm

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Walking Tour - Transforming Nine Elms & Battersea

Saturday 25 May 11am

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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 tours@open-city.org.uk 

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