The London Ambler is Mike Althorpe, an urban historian, architectural researcher, educator and story teller with a passion for the history, streets and buildings of the the greatest city on earth.

Graduating from Kingston University with a BA in Fine Art, Mike went on to complete a research MA at the University of Westminster focussing on London’s Architecture, history and spatial development. He has spent the past 18 years producing a variety of built environment events, publications, exhibitions and outreach projects.

Most recently he co-authored ‘Social Housing’ a book by RIBA Publishing and curated the exhibition of the same name in London in 2017 and at New York’s Center for Architecture in 2018. In 2019 he was the recipient of RIBA Research Fund and published ‘Revolutionary Low Rise’ – a publication exploring international low rise, high density housing with Abigail Batchelor.

The London Ambler’s collaborators and clients, past and present include: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), The Architecture Foundation, AA Night School, the London Festival of Architecture, Facebook, Grosvenor, Karakusevic Carson Architects, KPF, AIA and Pitman Tozer Architects.


‘The Marylebone and Mayfair walk was thoroughly captivating. Having lived and worked in the area for many years, I was interested to see if Mike could offer any new insights – and boy, did he! His expertise ranges across history, architecture, culture and social history, and his easy way with storytelling makes him an entertaining walking companion.’

– Katie Puckrik, London

Walking tours whatever the weather with #theLondonAmbler are the best. Enlightening, entertaining and all the insider info on architecture.’

– Phoebe Coulton, London via Facebook

‘The London Ambler will show places in London that you’ve never seen before and will tell you things you never knew before. Please check it out. It’s a great day out.’

– Janey de Nordwall, London via Facebook