Guided History Tours
The short tours will be lead by Official Guides of the City of London and Westminster and are the perfect way to discover more about London whilst cheering on a loved one. Tours will run during the times stated below, and will start on an ad-hoc basis depending on group numbers. All routes are step-free.
Download our Tours and Trails Map for more information about the tours below.
The following free tours will be available to join on 2020 race day:
Temple Place: The Thames, The Tube and Some Tweezers…
The Thames was once much broader in this part of town. The Underground now runs under your feet. No 2 Temple Place was built for Nancy Astor’s father-in-law and just behind it runs an alleyway that tells of Quit-Rents and knights of old…
2 Temple Place, WC2R 2PH --- 10am-1.30pm
Watergate Walk: Drinks, Drama and Diamonds
Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London. Rudyard Kipling wrote his first novel The Light That Failed there. The landlocked Watergate hints of diamonds, musketeers and dangerous femme fatales….
Embankment Gardens, WC2N 6NE --- 10am-1.30pm
The Strand: A String of Pearls Between Two Cities
Once the Strand was crowded with grand houses. Only Somerset House remains but what a house it is! Round the corner lies Covent Garden and up Montreal Place, awaits The Waldorf Hotel from 1908, the first American style hotel in London.
Montreal Place, WC2R 1HA --- 9.15am-11.30am
In the City
From Horns to Honey
Discover the heart of the medieval City where tradesman and criminals were neighbours. This short walk will give you a taster of the early City where trades flourished, early business women prospered and debtors and highway men languished.
Corner of Cheapside and King Street, EC2V 6DT --- 10.30am-1.30pm
Where London Began
Find out out why the Romans settled here and what happened next? Starting on the spot where London was founded nearly 2000 years ago, we'll walk through the centuries to the here and now and one of the City's newest, iconic buildings.
Walbrook, EC4N 8AF --- 10.30am-1.30pm
Ten Centuries In One Place
Explore this ancient part of London where a lot of blood has been shed. On this walk we'll tell a tale of the City full of kings, prisoners, executions and memorials to lost mariners.
Tower Hill Station --- 10.30am-1.30pm
Hear The Bow Bells Ring
Hear the story of one of the City's most well-know churches - St Mary-le-Bow, home to one of the most famous “rings” of bells in the world. Being born within the sound of them makes you a “Cockney” or native Londoner. Seat of William the Conqueror’s first Archbishop, and still the home of the Archbishop’s court, it has been through a tornado, the Great Fire of London and wartime bombing. It remains one of the modern City’s most active churches.
Bow Churchyard, EC2V 6A0 --- 10.30am-1.30pm