Winter Walks 2018

ALONG THE NORTH SHORE– The Architecture of London’s Middle City
Saturday 20 January, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

Clinging to the banks of the Thames between the Square Mile and Westminster, lies London’s teeming Middle City. Settled first by the Saxons in the 7th and 8th centuries this great third place was known as Lundenwic and by the middle ages it was the heart of aristocratic life on the river, home to the great waterside palaces of Medieval and Tudor England’s richest merchants, courtiers and noblemen. Located at the strategic mid-point between commercial and political power, the area boomed in the 18th and 19th centuries as London’s great and varied centres 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 between Charing Cross and St Brides 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.

FRAGMENTS OF TOMORROW – Modernism Lost & Found in the City of London
Saturday 27 January, 10.30 – 12.30
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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.

 

ROOKERIES, RAILWAYS & RADICALS – Architecture Down The Fleet River
Saturday 03 February, 10.30 – 12.30
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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 and buildings of London’s most radical of arteries.
DEPARTS – Outside Kings Cross mainline station, under the clock.

WALL STREET ON WATER – The Architecture & Planning of Canary Wharf
Saturday 10 February, 10.30 – 12.30
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In the 1980s London’s great new opportunity was the East End. In Thatcher’s free market city, Docklands was there for the taking. Over 30 years later what was once the centre of London’s mighty 19th century port is one of the most important financial hubs in the world – a quayside fragment of Wall Street with all the North American brashness and architectural chutzpah to match. From marine relics and wharves to beaux arts arcades, post-modern icons and high-tech underworlds, this walk charts the making of this icon of urban planning, exploring the politics, business deals and various waves of boom and bust that have marked its spectacular creation.
DEPARTS – Westferry Docklands Light Railway Station.

 

ALONG THE NORTH SHORE– The Architecture of London’s Middle City
Saturday 24 February, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

Clinging to the banks of the Thames between the Square Mile and Westminster, lies London’s teeming Middle City. Settled first by the Saxons in the 7th and 8th centuries this great third place was known as Lundenwic and by the middle ages it was the heart of aristocratic life on the river, home to the great waterside palaces of Medieval and Tudor England’s richest merchants, courtiers and noblemen. Located at the strategic mid-point between commercial and political power, the area boomed in the 18th and 19th centuries as London’s great and varied centres 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 between Charing Cross and St Brides 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.

THE GREAT ESTATES – High Life & Low Life Through Marylebone & Mayfair
Saturday 03 March, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

Marylebone and Mayfair are among London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Originally developed for England’s nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries, their smart terraces and squares are the outcome of waves of speculation and renewal by The Great Estates – the city’s aristocratic land owners. Yet beside these genteel enclaves once stood notorious hinterlands and slums. Retracing the landscape defined by the River Tyburn, this walk reveals the highs and lows of the West End’s smartest districts. From workhouses, tenements, burial grounds to batchelor flats, lost mansions, Lords and Ladies it revels in the contrasts and overlooked architectural stories along one of London’s great hidden riverscapes.
DEPARTS – The portico of St Marylebone Paris Church, facing Marylebone road


THE SHOW’S THE THING! – Melodrama, Fictions & Facades of Regents Park 

Saturday 10 March, 10.30 – 12.30
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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

 

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