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London: Brutalist Architecture & History Walking Tour

1. London: Brutalist Architecture & History Walking Tour

See London's most significant Brutalist landmarks with a walking tour. Loved by some, loathed by others, see rugged urban fortresses which serve excellent examples of Brutalism, the most striking and dramatic architectural style of the 60s and the 70s. Explore the central neighborhoods of London with your guide. Hear more about the history of post-war architecture and the increased use of concrete. Discuss Modernist monumental architecture, as well as its cultural, social, and environmental impact in the world. Find out about key characters in European Modernism, as well as the global events that influenced and informed London's post-war landscape. Admire or recoil at notable examples of Brutalism that you will see, such as the Institute of Education and the National Theatre. Learn more about the ongoing struggle among local authorities, preservation societies, and residents on how best to use these distinctive buildings in the future.

London: Iconic Theatres Walking Tour

2. London: Iconic Theatres Walking Tour

The legendary walking-tour of London theatres - featuring the best stories from over 400 years of the English stage. The greatest anecdotes, biggest hits and most infamous disasters! Involving an all-star cast including William Shakespeare, Laurence Olivier, Julie Andrews, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis..and many more! Discover the history behind the most legendary theatres in London - including The Duke of York's, Noel Coward, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Her Majesty's Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre, Prince of Wales, Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Sondheim, Palace, Ambassadors, St Martin's, The Arts, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Fortune, Lyceum, National Theatre, Shakespeare's a final top-secret theatre location! If you'd like to know more, head to

London: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

3. London: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

Stroll along the south side of the famous river Thames to discover a more funky side of London. The Southbank has become synonymous with art, culture, food, drink and fun. Start this 60 minute self guided audio tour on the north side of the river at the beautiful Somerset House, cross to the south going over the famous Waterloo Bridge and wander the southbank of the river taking in its sights and sounds. The tour's last stop is Borough Market and now favourite with foodies where you can delight in flavours from around the world. Discover the view of London from the other side of the river on this personal favourite self guided audio tour.

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What people are saying about Royal National Theatre

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4.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Evan, the guide, took us on an incredible tour. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, and also had a lovely calm manner which made the tour both informative and engaging. He gave many insights about brutalist architecture which I had never considered, and opened up avenues for further research. Highly recommended!

Very interesting and detailed tour of some of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture. Host Evan is very knowledgeable but keeps the tour informal as well as informative. Really good value for money. Highly recommend.

Informative, passionate and articulate guide whose enthusiasm and good humour were infectious qualities we appreciated. Great tour.

The guide was excellent, knowledgeable, friendly and nothing was rushed, I would definitely recommend this as a tour

Guide was very knowledgeable and just the right amount of sites on the tour.