City of London Tour | The Square Mile

This page provides details of our free Old City of London Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.

Watch a condensed virtual version of this tour right now.

City of London Walk Video


Welcome to the “Square Mile!” This tour will take you through the oldest streets in London – from the Roman settlement 2,000 years ago – to the newest (and tallest!) buildings in all of Europe.

Starting with a stroll along the ancient underground river Fleet, with a mid-point stop at Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and a grand finale at Her Majesty’s Fortress, The Tower of London, this tour manages to squeeze two millennia worth of time into one easy-to-handle 2 and a half hour jam-packed excursion!


City of London Tour


Join Free Tours by Foot as we travel down medieval alleyways and discover hidden gems.

Follow us as we lead you to the most historic pub in all of London, through the financial heart of the United Kingdom, and along the glorious and picturesque River Thames.

A great adventure through London, encompassing world-famous sites as well as areas off the tourist-beaten track, our City of London Tour will take you from the origins of our capital straight through to the modern-day – without missing anything in between!

Sites we cover on the tour:

Find out more about these sites by reading our Self-guided City of London Tour or take our more extensive anytime audio tour.


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Tour information

When: Tuesdays at 10:30. Fridays and Saturdays at 14:00 (2 pm). You can also take this tour anytime with our GPS-led audio tour.

Reservations are required. click here to reserve. If your group is 10 or more, please check our private tours page or contact us.

Where: Tour departs from just outside the Temple Tube Station. The station is between Temple Place and Victoria Embankment at Arundel Street. There is only one exit for the station.

Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.  Tour ends near the Tower of London (map).  

For additional tips on traveling through the city, check out our blog posts on getting around London.


City of London Meeting Spot at Temple Station


Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save even more money with a London tourist discount card.

Be sure to check out our other tours in London.


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If you can’t take our guided walk when it’s offered, or you prefer to go it alone, then consider our GPS-led audio tour of the Old City of London.

You can take this tour any time, day or night, though we think daytime on a workday gives you the best feel for the area. 

Here is a sample of the tour.

Here is how it works:

  1. Purchase an Audio Tour
  2. Receive a confirmation email with all the details. 
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

In addition to the audio version of the Old City of London Tour, we also have the following audio tours.

  • Royal London (Westminster)
  • Harry Potter Locations
  • Jack the Ripper

You could also visit our main London audio tours page for more samples and information. 

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Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers.

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