My brilliant little brother knows me very well! As an amazing birthday pressie he booked the two of us onto one of Open-city's fascinating architeture tours. This is what I love about living in London, the ability to walk around and be stimulated by such an diverse environment.
So bright and early on the most perfectly sunny Saturday morning we jumped on the train and headed towards Waterloo and then walked along the South Bank towards St Paul's where we booked in for the 10am walking tour that is based in and around the monied streets of London's square mile.
Our guide who incidently also works for English Heritage took us through the heart of the city, explaining with passionate detail the building environment of both the city's historical buildings and the constant regeneration of one of the oldest and densest areas of London. For me the city has always been and undiscovered part of London, when you don't work there, it is often left unexplored and it was fascinating finding some hidden little gems! Thanks Rob - It was the perfect pressie!