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Free Historic City of London Tour*

Free Historic City of London Tour*

Schedule - See Calendar

Meeting Point - Tower Hill Station

Duration - 2.5 Hours

Language - English

Start Time - 10.30am

Price - Free

Turn back the clock 2000 years and join us as we trace the journey of the City of London, from the arrival of the Romans and its roots as a square mile trading village on the River Thames, all the way to becoming the financial capital of Europe, home to dozens of the strangest glass skyscrapers on Earth.

 

Along the way, you will hear stories of the Viking occupation, William the Conqueror's Norman Conquest, the construction of London's medieval fortress, the devastation of the Great Fire of 1666, the destruction of the Blitz and the resilience and bravery of the people who lived through it and so much more! Nowhere else in London is the clash of ancient crumbling icons and trailblazing modern architecture so obvious, with huge skyscrapers and historic 12th-century churches standing proudly, shoulder to shoulder.

Our Free City of London Sightseeing Tour begins at Tower Hill Underground Station before heading straight to the Tower of London, an ancient fortress with a fascinating history that was once the tallest building in Europe. Most famous today for housing the Crown Jewels, this Norman castle has been a Palace, a prison, a place of execution and even a zoo over the last millennium. Nearby you will find the breathtaking Tower Bridge. Don’t be fooled by its medieval exterior though, this bridge is far younger than The Tower of London. Beneath its ancient facade is cold, hard Victorian engineering, a true marvel on London’s skyline.

After a stroll along the river, we will find The Monument to the Great Fire of London, which ravaged the City in 1666, reshaping the City forever. While we won’t stop to climb the 311 steps to the top during the tour, your guide will give you plenty of information on how to book your tickets. Next, the walking tour will be sandwiched between The Royal Exchange and The Bank of England, two economic powerhouses that paved the way for the British Empire to become the largest in human history.

The Free City of London Sightseeing Tour reaches its finale in the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, which became a symbol of hope and survival during the darkest days of The Blitz during the Second World War.

Throughout the Free Walking Tour, our expert guides will bring the historic locations to life, with tales of their past glory and key roles in shaping the City we see today. 
How can one self-governing square mile, with ancient laws, created by its own council and imposed by its own police force, stand so separately from everything around it? You’ll have to join the walking tour to find out! Book online today!

 

Or why not visit the home of the British Monarchy for centuries and join our Royal Westminster tour!

Tour Highlights include:

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        Meeting Point - Tower Hill Underground Station

 

We begin next to the Tower Hill Tram Refreshment stand, just outside Tower Hill underground station. The station is on the circle and district line, and around a 10 minute walk from Monument/Bank and Aldgate.

We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the tour starts, it gives you plenty of time to meet the guide and grab a coffee or ice cream!

  • How do I find the Guide?
    Head to Tower Hill Underground Station, next to the Tram Coffee stop, and look for the guide holding up a bright red umbrella.
  • Where does the tour start and end?
    The tour starts outside M&M World in Leicester Square and the guide should be nearby holding a red umbrella. The tour will finish near Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, in Westminster. The exact location will vary depending on the guide and the day, but the guide will always let you know at the beginning of the tour.
  • How long is the tour?
    The tour is roughly 6 long, but will vary on the guide. There's a lunch break in the middle, lasting approximately an hour.
  • Do I need to make a booking? Or cancel if my plans change?
    Yes please. The number of bookings we receive dictates how many guides we send to run the tour. If we have 100 extra people turn up, it's not going to be a good experience for anyone. Please be aware, we do not accept groups of 8 people or more. Even if you book separately, if you attend the tour as a big group, you will be turned away. If you are a group of 8 or more please contact us to enquire about booking a private tour. We'd be very grateful if you could cancel if you can no longer attend, as it could allow us to give your spot to someone else.
  • What if its raining?
    If its raining, we will get wet! We always recommend you carry an umbrella in London, the weather really is that temperamental, but if we didn't run tours in bad weather, we wouldn't get to do many. Rain or shine we will be there waiting. Of course, if you don’t fancy standing in the rain with us we understand.
  • What should I wear?
    Our tours are all walking, so we always recommend comfy shoes. Check the weather on the day of the tour, but we recommend bring a raincoat and some SPF just incase.
  • How is it free?*
    We run all our tours on a pay what you think it’s worth basis. There is no booking fee for our free tours, and no payment is required before the tour begins. This means they are accessible to every budget. However our guides are all freelancers and don't get paid to do the tour, if you have fun then you can decide if you would like to tip your guide. The value is up to you, whatever fits in with your budget and your level of enjoyment. This also incentivises our guides to never stop trying to improve, as the system rewards the guides who provide the best quality tours. Tipping is always voluntary and our guides will never pressure you into it, but this is their job so if you have had fun, we ask that you take a moment to consider what it was worth to you.
  • How do I find the Guide?
    Head to Tower Hill Underground Station, next to the Tram Coffee stop, and look for the guide holding up a bright red umbrella.
  • Where does the tour start and end?
    The tour starts outside M&M World in Leicester Square and the guide should be nearby holding a red umbrella. The tour will finish near Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, in Westminster. The exact location will vary depending on the guide and the day, but the guide will always let you know at the beginning of the tour.
  • How long is the tour?
    The tour is roughly 6 long, but will vary on the guide. There's a lunch break in the middle, lasting approximately an hour.
  • Do I need to make a booking? Or cancel if my plans change?
    Yes please. The number of bookings we receive dictates how many guides we send to run the tour. If we have 100 extra people turn up, it's not going to be a good experience for anyone. Please be aware, we do not accept groups of 8 people or more. Even if you book separately, if you attend the tour as a big group, you will be turned away. If you are a group of 8 or more please contact us to enquire about booking a private tour. We'd be very grateful if you could cancel if you can no longer attend, as it could allow us to give your spot to someone else.
  • What if its raining?
    If its raining, we will get wet! We always recommend you carry an umbrella in London, the weather really is that temperamental, but if we didn't run tours in bad weather, we wouldn't get to do many. Rain or shine we will be there waiting. Of course, if you don’t fancy standing in the rain with us we understand.
  • What should I wear?
    Our tours are all walking, so we always recommend comfy shoes. Check the weather on the day of the tour, but we recommend bring a raincoat and some SPF just incase.
  • How is it free?*
    We run all our tours on a pay what you think it’s worth basis. There is no booking fee for our free tours, and no payment is required before the tour begins. This means they are accessible to every budget. However our guides are all freelancers and don't get paid to do the tour, if you have fun then you can decide if you would like to tip your guide. The value is up to you, whatever fits in with your budget and your level of enjoyment. This also incentivises our guides to never stop trying to improve, as the system rewards the guides who provide the best quality tours. Tipping is always voluntary and our guides will never pressure you into it, but this is their job so if you have had fun, we ask that you take a moment to consider what it was worth to you.

Prefer to join us on a Private Tour?

If you are booking for a group of 8 or more, or just want a more personal experience away from the crowds, then you can book this as a Private Tour. You can dictate the content, the route and the time or sit back and let your guide lead you.

 

For more information on Private Tours click here.

Please note, ALL schools and educational groups should book a Private Tour.

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What our Customers say:

"We did the Free City of London tour with Nathan and it was fantastic! He has so much energy and passion and it really translates into how he guides the tour. It was one of the best tours we've ever done - the perfect length of time, covered all of the major historical and points of interest in the City of London (Tower of London, the Monument, St Pauls) and a few hidden ones that were truly magnificent. Can't recommend the City of London Tour enough, thank you!"
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