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London Architecture Tours

Architecture Walks in the British Capital – Exclusive building guide England, UK, tailor made for groups

post updated 10 February 2024

Contact e-architect for your walking guide: isabelle(at)

London Architecture Tour: Exclusive Guided Walks

Our London guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking, we do not allow for bookings to be joined. Our guided tours in the British Capital are all exclusive to each client.

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus building design by Swiss architects studio Herzog & de Meuron:
Royal College of Art Battersea Campus London Architecture Tours
photo © Iwan Baan

London Walking Tours

Should you be planning an office trip, a conference, or university visit in the UK capital please contact us at e-architect and we would be happy to take your booking.

Coal Drops Yard, 2018, building design by Heatherwick Studio:
Coal Drops Yard London architecture tours
photograph © Hufton+Crow

e-architect have guides who can speak French, German, Spanish or Portuguese. Tours are typically a mix of walking and touring by coach and can be tailored to the client’s needs.

The Leadenhall Building design by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in the City of London (financial district):
Leadenhall Building City of London Architecture Tours
photograph : Richard Bryant

London Architecture Tour Reference
8 November 2012

“…I have nothing but good things to say about our architecture tour guide. We were all very satisfied, and very impressed about his skills and knowledge. He was always on time, he was always in a great mood…and he seemed to know everything about every building we passed. We can truly recommend both e-architect and the guide!”

London Walking Tours referrals from some of our many visitors

London Wall Place office design by Make Architects:
London Wall Place Architecture
image Courtesy architecture office

UK Capital City Buildings

London Architecture Introduction

London is the capital of the UK. There is a wealth of architecture here – from historic churches and palaces to modern art galleries and offices. Key architects from the past are Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. More recently architects such as Foster, Rogers, Stirling, Hadid and Piano have created major buildings in London.

King’s Cross Gasholders buildings:
Gasholders London Building
photo © Peter Landers

Significant contemporary buildings include The Shard, Lloyds Building, Swiss Re building. Key 20th Century buildings include Centre Point and New Zealand House. Older architecture of historical importance that we can visit on the walking tour include buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

Sir John Soane’s Museum building renewal design by Julian Harrap Architects:
Sir John Soane's Museum London Architecture Tours
photo © Gareth Gardner

To take in these London buildings some walking tours require transport, typically on the Tube. Major clusters of buildings exist in Westminster, the City of London and the Isle of Dogs. Important architecture is also scattered throughout the West End and in Kensington & Chelsea.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Building, 2018, design by Foster + Partners – 2018 Stirling Prize Winner, located in the heart of the financial district:
Bloomberg London building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

The Houses of Parliament building is due to have around six years of restoration – architects BDP won the architectural contract for renewing the Palace of Westminster building:
Palace of Westminster London Architecture Tours
picture © Nick Weall

London Architecture Walking Tour – Standard Routes

e-architect now offer a standard range of London architecture tour routes. If these don’t suit we still offer tailored tour itineraries.

The standard London Architecture Walking Tour itineraries are:

– Central – buildings such as the National Gallery building extension, Royal Opera House, the Economist Building and New Zealand House.

– City – buildings such as the Lloyds Building, Swiss Re Tower, No. 1 Poultry and Tower 42.

– Knightsbridge – buildings such as One Hyde Park, Michelin House, Peter Jones Department Store and the Saatchi Gallery building.

All these buildings are possible to visit on our London Architecture Tours.

Please note the London Architectural Walking Tours are external visits except where free access is allowed. Specific requests for entry to buildings can be made ahead of an architectural walking tour.

Canaletto Tower Building, Islington, by UNStudio architects:
Canaletto Tower London building design
photograph © Hufton+Crow, © EvaBloem

London Architecture

London Architecture Walking Tours

London Architectural Tours can be arranged around your group’s needs, for example if you are interested in just contemporary architecture then our guides can form a tour for that, or if you are interested in just office buildings then again a specific itinerary can be drafted.

Contact e-architect to arrange your English architectural tour: mob. +44 (0)7952 149814 / isabelle(at)

London Architecture Links – chronological list

Architecture Tours

e-architect also organise architecture walking tours in other British cities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. We also offer architectural city walks in other European cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris:

Architecture Walking Tours

V&A East Museum Why We Make galleries, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham
Design: O’Donnell + Tuomey, Architects, Ireland
V&A East Museum building construction London Architecture Tours
photo © Victoria and Albert Musuem, London
V&A East Museum Why We Make galleries
A collaborative team comprising JA Projects led by Jayden Ali, graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life, and artist Larry Achiampong won the architectural competition to design V&A East Museum’s Why We Make galleries. Bringing together over 500 objects from the V&A’s collections spanning 5,000 years of art, design, and performance, the galleries across two floors will celebrate the joy and transformative potential of art, design and making.

European Building Tours

We offer architectural city walks by e-architect in over 82 cities globally – here is a small selection from Northern Europe:

Berlin Architecture Walking Tours

Copenhagen Architecture Tours

Edinburgh Architecture Walking Tours

University of Greenwich building design by Heneghan Peng Architects in the south of the UK capital city:
University of Greenwich in London Building walks
photograph : Hufton + Crow

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Key Buildings in UK Capital City

Major architectural designs in the UK capital city:

St Paul’s Cathedral Building – British religious epicenter, famous World War Two survivor

Swiss Re Building, City of London – by architect Norman Foster, now Lord Foster

Battersea Power Station – made even more famous by a Pink Floyd album cover

We do show visitors around buildings in other UK cities – please contact us if you have a specific city in mind for an architectural tour.

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