The art collections in London are unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and accessible to the public often free of charge.
Despite only being open since 2000, Tate Modern gallery now boasts being one of London’s top attractions with over 6 million visitors per year, to see the very best in twentieth century and contemporary art from around the world. Its sister gallery is Tate Britain, specialising in British art from the eighteenth century of Hogarth and Gainsborough, to contemporary art works of, for example, Damien Hirst.
For more conventional tastes there is the National Gallery where one can see European art from the early Renaissance to the late 19th century Impressionists and Post-Impressionists such as Monet and Van Gogh. There are also a number of smaller galleries in London that began life as the personal collections of artist patrons such as the Marquess of Hertford who founded what became the Wallace Collection of 18th and 19th century art. His entire collection of paintings and armour can be seen in his former private home in Central London, as can the collection of Samuel Courtauld, the 20th century textile magnate who owned the finest collection of Impressionist paintings in Britain in the first half of the century.
Our Blue Badge guides for these tours are art history specialists and can bring the collection to life for you in an informative, but entertaining way.
London has the most eclectic mix of architecture anywhere in the world.
From the 11th century fortress of the Tower of London and the magnificent royal church of Westminster Abbey to the hi-tech buildings of, for example, Norman Foster who created the iconic Gherkin building. Robinson Tours offers an overview of this eclecticism or can offer themed architectural visits such as Medieval and Tudor London; Sir Christopher Wren’s London in the 17th century; the battle of styles between Gothic and Classical architecture in the 19th century or Contemporary London architecture to name a few options. Of course you may have your own interests, and our specialist Blue Badge guides would be happy to accommodate you by designing a tour to suit your requirements. We can also accommodate visitors who are interested in design history, looking at interiors from different periods or by providing a personally guided tour around The Victoria and Albert Museum and other related galleries.
8 hour art/Architecture London tour £525/£550
The cost includes the use of a driver guide and his vehicle and is NOT the rate per person. The lower price is for up to 4 passengers and the higher for 5/6 passengers. All parking charges are included but admission fees are additional.