Free Historic City of London Tour*
Free Historic City of London Tour*
Schedule - Friday & Sunday
Meeting Point - Tower Hill
Duration - 2.5 Hours
Language - English
Start Time - 11am
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 Julius Caesar and its roots as a square mile trading village along the River Thames, all the way to becoming the financial capital of Europe, home to dozens of the quirkiest glass sky scrapers on Earth.
Along the way, you will hear stories of the Viking occupation, William the Conqueror's Norman Conquest, the construction of London's own medieval fortress, the devastation of Great Fire, the destruction of the Blitz, captured perfectly by a bombed out church, 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.
How can one self-governing little square mile, with ancient laws created by its own council and imposed by its own police force, stand so separately to everything around it?
Or why not visit the home of the British Monarchy for centuries and join our Royal Westminster tour!
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 at Tower Hill Underground Station, as you leave the station head for the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stop and the guide should be nearby.
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, its 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.
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?*
How long is the tour?
The tour is roughly 2 hours long, but can vary from guide to guide.
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.
Please note, ALL schools and educational groups should book a Private Tour.