Online Walks

LIVE! Online 60min walks at home via your laptop, phone and tablet on selected Tuesdays throughout Autumn 2020 from wherever you are in the UK or further afield!

Full programme below with more to be added here soon!

 

 

EDGELANDS – Architecture At The City’s Limits
Tuesday 20 October, 19.00 – 20.00
£5 BOOK HERE

Around the border of every town lies its Edgeland. Described in the 19th century by novelist Victor Hugo as ’bastard’ places, they are places that straddle worlds and spatial traditions. London’s core maintains numerous edge conditions and to traverse its heart is to journey across distinct communities, ambiences and built environments. Skirting the ancient borders of the City of London, this walk explores the liminal buildings, streets and spaces that have grown up in the shadow of the financial heart. Following a route defined first by the Romans two millennia ago, it explores the contemporary ‘City fringe’ to reveal a fertile hinterland of medieval suburbs and sanctuaries, victorian warehouses and railways, modernist utopias and new 21st century commercial leviathans!
A LIVE ONLINE EVENT HOSTED ON ZOOM

 

THE GREAT ESTATES – High Life & Low Life Through Marylebone & Mayfair
Tuesday 03 November, 19.00 – 20.00
£5 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 where life and the whole look and feel of the city was very different. Retracing the landscape defined by the River Tyburn, this walk reveals the highs and lows of two of the West End’s smartest districts. From workhouses, tenements and burial grounds to batchelor flats, lost mansions, Lords and Ladies it explores the architectural contrasts and overlooked stories found across one of London’s great hidden riverscapes.
A LIVE ONLINE EVENT HOSTED ON ZOOM

REGENT STREET – Architecture, Shopping & Triumphalism
Tuesday 24 November, 19.00 – 20.00
£5 BOOK HERE

Regent Street is the great showpiece thoroughfare of London. Cutting a swathe through the West End it transformed the face of the city and is one of its most important urban developments. Carved out by architect-planner John Nash in the 1800s, it was touted triumphantly by George IV as the premier street of Europe; a place to see, be seen and above all to shop! Lined with an array of neoclassical parades, colonnades and boutiques, it was completely rebuilt in the first part of the 20th century to match the scale and ambition of a new modern era. From pleasure palaces and Regency rendezvous to facades and arcades, this online walk charts the making and REmaking of the street from its 19th century origins to its 21st century role in the life of the contemporary city.
A LIVE ONLINE EVENT HOSTED ON ZOOM

OXFORD STREET – Architecture, Spectacle & The Condemned
Tuesday 08 December, 19.00 – 20.00
£5 BOOK HERE

Oxford Street is one of the most architecturally outstanding streets in Europe. Reviled and avoided by many Londoners, for sheer variety, few places can rival it and along its length is a sequence of neo-classical and baroque palaces, renaissance jewel boxes, art deco monuments and modernist icons all jostling for attention. Beneath the frenzy, it is one of the city’s oldest highways; a vital artery that for centuries has witnessed traders and travellers of all kinds, including that of the condemned on their way to the gallows at Tyburn. As traditional retail stands at a crossroads, this online walk looks again at Oxford Street and charts its evolution from ancient highway to retail behemoth through its most spectacular buildings and the developments central to its transformation.
A LIVE ONLINE EVENT HOSTED ON ZOOM