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London Old City Free Walking Tour

Discover major London landmarks on this 3-hour London Old City Tour!

ABOUT THE London Old City Free Walking Tour

Learn about the original London, a mere one square mile beside the river Thames. This 2.5-hour walking tour includes must-see sites like the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge and much more.


The Old City Tour starts in Temple Station and finishes by the Tower of London. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


Small streets and river walkways

When you think of London, chances are you think of a bustling city, with tall buildings and busy roads, but on this London walking tour, your expert guide will remind you that that wasn’t always the case. As you explore a maze of small streets, church courtyards and river walkways, you’ll see London in an entirely different light.

The original London

With history stretching back almost 2,000 years, your guide will bring London’s historic center to life. From the 12th Century Church of the Knights Templar, to the RAF Church and the World War II blitz, you’ll soon discover that much of London’s most fascinating history is jam-packed into one square mile.

Some of London’s most important landmarks

You’ll want to keep your camera at the ready, as you’ll discover many of London’s top highlights around every corner on this walking tour. From London Bridge to Tower Bridge, from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London, you’ll also find Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange and the Monument.

Gratuity-based Free Tour concept

The gratuity-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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The London Old City Walking Tour starts at Temple Station

  • Photograph the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See two of London’s most important bridges, London Bridge and Tower Bridge
  • Marvel at the impressive Tower of London (entrance tickets available for purchase)
  • Discover the 12th Century Church of the Knights Templar
  • Hear about the dark days of the World War II blitz at the RAF church
  • Take in the sites of the Bank of England, Mansion House and more!



This tour doesn‘t run today

Next departure in Spanish : Wednesday 29th May 20243:00 PM
Next departure in English : Wednesday 29th May 20243:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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What is a gratuity-based Free Tour?


The gratuity-based Free Tour is the best introduction to London! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The gratuity-based Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of London's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of London's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Covent Garden
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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