The Free Architecture Guide of London (PDF)

Virginia Duran Blog- London Architecture Guide 2017London is one of the most interesting European cities in terms of architecture. Besides its  history, some of the most relevant towers of the 21st century have been built recently, making it a beautiful city full of contrasts. Anything interesting in terms of architecture is here. If you find any mistakes, or have any suggestions please let me know. My intention is to keep it useful. Hope you enjoy!

Download pdf here: London Architecture Guide 2017 PDF
Download map here: London Architecture Guide 2017

Special thanks to: Mikel Rueda, Mark ND, Ellen Ward, Nick Simpson, Ed Dixon and many others who suggested amazing spots to include in this map.


52 thoughts on “The Free Architecture Guide of London (PDF)

    • Mark, thanks so much for all your suggestions. Can’t wait to see your pictures and May is maybe the perfect time to visit. Not cold, not too warm (if that’s even possible) and not too many tourists. Also, if you find any spots missing don’t hesitate to tell me 🙂


    • Sí la verdad, pero he pensado que igual entonces ocuparía un poco más. Este por ejemplo tiene 16 páginas. ¿Te imprimirías algo que tuviese más que eso? Por cierto, duda, ¿crees que se entiende mejor el plano con los puntos top top en amarillo?


      • 🙂

        En efecto se haría grande pero hoy en día me imagino más la gente llevándolo en smartphone o tableta, aunque también me lo imaginaba en la misma columna foto pequeña. Pero es que las fotos que has twiteado MOLABAN tanto!!!!!!!

        Cien por cien top puntos en amarillo, sobre todo Londres que tiene TANTO por ver 🙂

        ¡enhorabuena por el currazo!


      • Ay Marta eres la mejor! Qué energía 🙂 Me has alegrado el día pefecero hahaha. Te voy a hacer caso y voy a marcar en otro color los puntos importantes de los mapas. Así para alguien que lo ve por primera vez será menos masivo ¿verdad?
        Gracias por el feedback, a ver qué hago con las imágenes pero es cierto que es más fácil de imaginarse cada proyecto con una foto molona hahaha 😀


  1. London is such an interesting city… there is another very absorbing way to explore London which is to follow the Blue plaques which appear on buildings across the city, denoting famous people or events. Great post, as always!


    • Hello James, hope everything is good with you 🙂 I’ve never heard about the Blue plaques, what is it about? Sounds interesting. Now that I think about it, I have a blurry memory on Charles Dickens Museum. Does it have something to do with that?
      Thanks for the kind words 🙂


  2. Virginia, we lived in London for 3 years, and it’s one of our favorite cities on the planet. I’ve downloaded the pdf version of the guide and am working my way through. It’s amazingly comprehensive, and I’ve already read lots of history and facts I didn’t know. I can’t imagine how much time and effort that one of your guides must take. They’re all excellent, and you’re very generous to provide them. Thanks. ~ James


    • James,
      This comment made it all worth while 🙂 These maps take time but I love doing them. It feels great to read that some people are actually interested too and share this love for architecture and its history. Can’t tell many people actually read the PDF so if you find any mistakes or have any feedback just let me know 😀
      Thanks again!


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        • Oh, not for very long, so you’ll have to sqeeze the program. But you’re going to have so much fun anyways :)) If I were you I wouldn’t miss the rooftops (London Eye, The Shard, Tower 42, Heron Tower, St Paul’s…). Hope this helps!


        • It helps !! You are the second one mentioning the London Eye, I will give it a go !

          I’m going for a conference at the natural history museum and kew gardens, so, it’s no so bad. It’s two interesting places. But it is true that I wish i could explore the city a little bit more 😉


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  8. Just stumbled upon you webpages and would like to suggest an addition. Been over 20 times in London and my last discovery in terms of non-european architecture is Neasden temple in the very north of London (Brent). This is probably something to visit only on a longer stay, because the trip up there takes at least about 45 minutes to an hour by tube.
    To get there take the Jubilee Line (the grey one) from the city center (either Baker Street or Green Park for example) and go all the way up to Neasden station.
    From there walk down Neasden Lane (be sure not to walk aside the North Circular/A406 because this is not a very nice street to walk alongside) and through the suburb of Neasden. That’s about a 30 minutes walk. If you turn around the corner heading the temple you think you jumped over to India.
    I recommend to visit the inside of the temple though you are not allowed to take photos inside and you have to drop-off your bags etc. near the ticket office/entrance(and of course take off your shoes inside). Especially the wooden carvings are worth a closer look.
    Further information:


    • Just a short addition to avoid misunderstandings: I wrote “ticket office” above in fact it’s the security office. The entrance to the tempel is free. The baggage drop-off is situated on the car park across the street.
      The official webpage is found here:
      (see “Visit us” for any further information on visiting times etc.)


      • This temple is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before! So glad you came across this post, I will definitely add that one to the map. Thanks very much for sharing and for giving us all the information 🙂

        If you see any other interesting points like that one that are missing on the map, don’t hesitate to say it!


        • Maybe another one I could not yet find on your map, also only for a longer stay in London: Hampton Court Palace.
          You can take the bus from near Hammersmith station or if good weather conditions may also go by boat on the Thames (this takes about 2-3 hours).
          Guided tour is worth doing – especially to see the Tudor kitchen.
          Very nice and huge garden surrounding the palace.


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  17. Wow! Awesome work! I didn’t know how many beautiful places were in the city. I had the blessing of meeting you last weekend in London. Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge in the field. I was wondering if you ranked the list of places in any way. As you pointed out there was one building awarded the ugliest building in 2010, do you use any judging criteria in your guide?

    Thanks do much again!


    • Hi Ezequiel, did we meet during one of my tours? Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. The places are ranked with stars, being 5 stars the must visit and it’s a personal rating. Despite being voted ugliest building in London, a site can be worth checking for learning purposes. Did you mean 20 Fenchurch Street?
      Will you be in London any time soon?


      • Hi! Thanks so much for your reply!
        Yes we were in London on Thursday the 15th. We were a family of 5 from San Diego & Tijuana. Hope to continue following your work!
        Btw, my family loved your tour. Where can we review the tour? Feel free to email me, if needed.


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