- The Salon
- The Egyptian Hall
Tours with a City of London Guide
On the tour, your guide will explain the history of the Mansion House: how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors; and the important role it plays in supporting the current Lord Mayor. The tour, led by the City of London Guides, includes many of the public rooms, as well as the Harold Samuel Collection, which is comprised of eighty-four 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings by such masters as Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes and Jacob Ruisdael.
When: every Tuesday at 2pm (Lord Mayor's Diary permitting)
How long: one hour
Meeting point: the A-board near the porch entrance to Mansion House – this is in Walbrook (exit 8 from Bank tube station)
Cost: £7 adults; £5 concessions (please pay the guide in cash)
How to book
Please arrive at the meeting point by 1.45pm for a 2pm start. Visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours cannot be booked in advance. The maximum number for the tour is 40.
The following tours will be cancelled due to events taking place or for other operational reasons.
- Tuesday 21 October
- Tuesday 25 November
- Tuesday 23 December
- Tuesday 30 December
Occasionally, we may need to cancel a tour at short notice. To avoid disappointment we advise you to call on the morning of the tour - 020 7397 9306.
Self-organised group tours
Group tours are available for self-organised (non-commercial) groups with maximum number of 40. All tours are guided by an employee of the City Corporation and cover the same areas as the City Guides Tour.
When: There are no regular slots but tours are arranged at a time to suit the programme of events at Mansion House.
How long: one hour
Cost: £50 per group up to a maximum of 40 people
How to book
If you are interested in taking part in this tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7397 9316.
Tours of the art collection
Guided by qualified art guides, these tours are arranged at a time to suit the programme of events at the Mansion House, and up to three months in advance.
How long: one and a half hours
Cost: £90 per group, maximum 20 people.
How to book
Please email email@example.com or call 020 7397 9316.
- At times, when business meetings are taking place in some parts of the Mansion House, it may not be possible to view these areas. While the tour will still take place, the guide will explain who is there and what is going on, and this will help to illustrate the daily work of the Lord Mayor.
- Booked tours may very occasionally have to be cancelled at short notice due to the high demand high level and continuous demands for use of the Mansion House.
- No tours will take place in August when the Mansion House is closed for refurbishment; on public holidays which may fall on a Tuesday, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day or when the Mansion House is used for other events.
Open House London
Every year in September, the Open House Architectural Festival opens the doors to venues not usually accessible to the public. The Mansion House participates in the festival and further information can be found on the Open House website. The next Open House will take place on 20 & 21 September 2014.
Frequently asked questions
Are children allowed?
The tours are unsuitable for most under-14s.
What about animals?
Only guide dogs are allowed.
Is it accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes. There is a ramp into the building, disabled toilets facilities, a sound loop in the Egyptian Hall and lift access to all floors. However, much of the art collection is on the stairs and it is difficult to see all of the collection from the top or bottom of the stairs.
Can I take pictures?
No flash photography or video cameras are permitted and you are asked to turn mobile phones off.
Can I buy any souvenirs of my visit?
The official Mansion House guidebook is available at the door costing £5 (English only) and an Art book for £20.00; and a selection of other fun and historic merchandise can be bought at the Guildhall Art Gallery or via the online shop including:
What happens if my tour is cancelled?
This happens occasionally. A new date will be arranged.
Is there a cafe or are refreshments available?
Are there toilets for visitors?
Yes, including wheelchair-accessible toilets.