Mansion House is the official home of the Lord Mayor of London. (Not to be confused with the Mayor of Greater London -- that's the person we vote into City Hall every five years. The Lord Mayor just oversees the Square Mile, inside the old city walls, whereas the Mayor of London looks after the rest.)
The tour will take you inside the interior courtyard, the Egyptian Hall and the boardroom, where you'll learn some of its history and hear stories about the people who once resided here. You will learn all about the previous Lord Mayors who stretch back centuries, discover some of the historical events that happened here, and get close to important objects like the Lord Mayor's Sword and Mace, Fire Cup and Pearl Sword. The House also has a very fine collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by the likes of Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes and Jacob Ruisdael.
Craig has been on this tour himself and thinks that it's a decent enough way to wile away an afternoon -- but it's probably not a good choice for a tourist. But if you have a big interest in London history then it's well-worth doing. Read his review of the Mansion House tour on his blog before you go. Feel free to ask him some questions as well.
If you enjoy this tour then Craig definitely recommends a guided tour of the Guildhall. You might like to go and watch the Lord Mayor and Aldermen in action at the monthly meeting of the Common Council as well.
Craig’s review – “I went on a tour of Mansion House today. That's the place where the Lord Mayor of London lives. You have to queue up round the side until a nice lady comes and lets you in at 2 PM. Our tour group consisted of about 25 old people and me. And some of them were even older than old, older than the building itself. Maybe that was why the security was so lax. The security… continued”
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat! – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.
Ghost Bus Tour, around London’s dark past – Every day – The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through London's gruesome past, and into the dark heart of the capital.
See London by night — on a sightseeing bus – Every day – The 'See London By Night' bus tour will show you London's most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky.
Look for more guided tours in November
If you enjoy Mansion House then you might like to visit Banqueting House, The City (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Guildhall (you can walk it in 4 mins), Royal Courts of Justice (walk it in 22 mins) and Royal Exchange (you can walk it in less than 2 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans