Summer Walks 2018



EAST LONDON – Architecture, Streetlife & Survival
Saturday 21 July, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

One of the city’s fastest growing areas, East London has for centuries been the engine room, shop floor and clearing house of the capital with its streets and buildings bearing witness to the shocks, pains and struggles of massive change. Before the coffee and the hipsters – merchants, labourers, refugees, reformers and the desperate shaped its life and each have left their mark on its tumultuous landscape. From lost markets, model dwellings and modernism to railways, warehouses and world firsts, this walk explores the streets and spaces of Hoxton, Shoreditch and Spitalfields revealing the landmarks in the making of East London.
DEPARTS – Old Street station (Exit 1 Old Street east – North side)



FRAGMENTS OF TOMORROW – Modernism Lost & Found in The City of London
Saturday 28 July, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

After the Second World War, London looked to the future. Recovering from the destruction of the blitz and seeking to banish the decrepid Victorian city, in the 1950s and 60s it embraced modernism and embarked on a great project of architectural reinvention. Taking the best ideas from Europe and its native sons, while also trying to keep pace with America, the Square Mile remade itself through new landscapes for a confident new age. From modernist icons and brutalist skyscrapers to aerial walkways and bogus roadways and curious underpasses, this walk pulls together the fragments of the City’s once bold future to chart the architecture, buildings and remnants of what was and what might’ve been.
DEPARTS – Outside Blackfriars Underground Station.


THE SHOW’S THE THING! – The Architecture & Melodrama of Regents Park
Saturday 04 August, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

The Regent’s Park is one of London’s finest public spaces. Created by John Nash in the early 19th Century it is credited as the city’s first garden suburb. In its creation, Nash obsessively reworked plans to conjure a landscape, where stately villas, palatial terraces, rolling hills and curious monuments all play a role in conjuring scenes of delight. Yet behind the stucco, it was a venture into the Regency housing market marked by bitter arguements, nepotism, fudge and compromise. From illusions of Versailles, to incarnations of ancient Greece and modernism, this walk explores the artfully spun fictions and show stoppers of the park through the story of its making, its best buildings, finest views and greatest dramas!
DEPARTS – Regents Park Tube station

ROOKERIES, RAILWAYS & RADICALS – Architecture Down The Fleet River
Saturday 11 August, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

Weaving a route from Highgate to the Thames, The River Fleet is one of London’s most celebrated yet notorious water courses. Long buried in a network of sewers and pipes, the Fleet has been both life source and life taker carving out a landscape of urban hills, ditches, slums and warehouses that in the 19th century became the epicentre for commercial speculators, railway pioneers, reformers and the revolutionary political agitators of the 19th and early 20th century city. From hidden viaducts and railway monuments to model dwellings, Grecian villas and constructivism, this walk treads the quaggy banks and oozy wells of the Fleet Valley to chart the architecture London’s most radical of arteries.
DEPARTS – Outside Kings Cross mainline station, under the clock.



ALONG THE NORTH SHORE – The Architecture of London’s Middle City
Saturday 18 August, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

Clinging to the banks of the Thames between the hubs of the historic City and Westminster, lies the teeming Middle City. Settled by the Saxons in the 7th century, this third place was known as Lundenwic and was later home to the great waterside palaces of Medieval and Tudor England’s richest courtiers and noblemen. Located at the mid-point between commercial and political power, the area boomed as a great and varied centre of law, newspapers, gossip and entertainment. From watergates, palaces and hotels to medieval cloisters, churches and Parisian boulevards, this walk explores the multifarious landscape of the northern shore to reveal London’s great Middle City through its best kept architectural secrets and spectacular sleeping giants. DEPARTS – Villiers Street side of Embankment tube station.




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