Who are the best guides to the most modern and attractive architecture in London?
For guided tours of London’s finest modern architecture, Insider London Walking Tours are both well-informed and specialist. They are as rewarding for architecture professionals as they are for interested amateurs. (Tours cost £35, Amex accepted).
From the futuristic city living of the Barbican to the astonishing reinvention of the Bankside Power Station as the Tate Modern (and the striking new extension currently being added to its southern side), via the Shard and the ‘Gherkin’, this tour takes in the finest modern architecture – while always relating the development of the city skyline to London’s past.
London Architecture Tours offers a range of guided tours of architecture, with titles such as Skyscraper London, which can be arranged directly with Ike Ijeh, who set up the company.
For those wishing to strike out on their own, the RIBA Bookshop stocks perhaps the finest books on modern architecture. Ken Allinson’s London’s Contemporary Architecture, now on its fifth edition, is one of the most respected guides to the city’s most celebrated buildings.