OnStreet Walks

Open air walks take place on Saturday mornings.
Walks for winter/spring 2022 through January to April AVAILABLE NOW below!

PLEASE NOTE: in accordance with COVID safe attractions, attendees are advised to observe social distancing throughout events where possible and should not attend events if feeling unwell.

 

 

POWER & PALAZZOS
– The Architecture of Old Money
Saturday 29 January, 10.30-12.30 £12 *SOLD OUT*

In the 19th century, London was the world’s pre-eminent trading city. Standing at the heart of the burgeoning British Empire, the power house of this operation was The City and its commercial investments extended across the globe. Emulating the prestige of older civilisations, financial institutions used architecture to confirm their status and there emerged a grandiose suite of neo-classical exchanges, palace-style banks and temple-like offices that remade the image of the Square Mile in spectacularly hybridised variations on Athens, Rome, Venice and Florence. Weaving a route between The City’s best surviving 19th and early 20th century commercial palazzos, this walk explores the architecture and ornament of old money and its influence and legacy on the modern world today.

 

 

EAST LONDON
– Architecture, Streetlife & Survival
Saturday 05 February, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

One of the city’s most rapidly changing districts, 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 urban change. Before the coffee, the tech’ and the hipsters it was merchants, labourers, refugees and reformers who shaped its life and each have left their mark on its tumultuous landscape. From lost markets and model dwellings, 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 the first East London.

 

 

CROWNED WITH GREEN
– The Architecture of Bloomsbury
Saturday 12 February, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

Long associated as a place of artists, bohemians and scholars, Bloomsbury is a neighbourhood alive with architecture and abundant with green. Laid out with aristocratic mansions at the city’s edge in the 17th century, it leapt northwards in the 1800s through a sequence of new streets, grand terraces and leafy squares to create one of London’s greenest urban grids that in the 20th century became the frontline of some of architecture’s most intense battles. In this walk, The London Ambler square hops the grid and meaders under the verdant canopy to reveal a network of grand and intimate spaces that incubate some of the capital’s greatest buildings, most radical moves and long standing urban controversies.

 

 

ROOKERIES, RAILWAYS & RADICALS
– Architecture Down The Fleet River
Saturday 05 March, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

Weaving a route from Highgate to the Thames, The River Fleet is one of London’s most celebrated yet notorious water courses. Buried in a network of sewers today, 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 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 lower Fleet Valley to chart the architecture and landscape of London’s most radical of arteries.

 

 

FRAGMENTS OF TOMORROW
– Modernism Lost & Found in City of London
Saturday 12 March, 10.30-12.30 £12 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 reinvention. Taking the best ideas from Europe, while trying to keep pace with America, the Square Mile remade itself through new buildings and landscapes fit for a confident new age. From modernist icons and brutalist skyscrapers to aerial walkways, bogus roadways and curious underpasses, this walk pulls together the fragments of the City’s once bold future to chart the architecture and spaces of what was and what might’ve been.

 

 

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
– The Architecture of St James’s Park
Saturday 02 April, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

Of all of London’s green spaces, St James’s is its most stately. Flanked by the great buildings of Whitehall and a suite of royal palaces and monuments, this one time marsh was transformed in the 17th century into a formal European garden, then again in the 19th century as a romantic meandering landscape and then again as part of the great urban stagecraft of the British Empire. In this walk, The London Ambler traverses the stately green, to reveal the architecture, pomp and circumstance of nationhood. From great avenues and arches to allusionary statuary and pallazo, it charts the transformation of this celebrated and loaded landscape throughs its best buildings and public spaces.

 

 

MAYFAIR
– Architecture & Change Amidst The High Life
Saturday 09 April, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

For centuries Mayfair has occupied a place in London as the capital’s most desirable neighbourhood. Once rolling fields at its western edge, home to the bawdy ‘May Fair’, this coveted 8-acres was developed in the 18th century with elegant streets, squares and houses for England’s upper-classes. Commercialised in the 20th century, it has undergone waves of change with offices, hotels and apartment blocks replacing the grand old aristocratic houses, but has always managed to retain its exclusive status. Meandering along the contours of its underlying topography, this walk explores the evolution of Mayfair, charting a story of architecture, (re)development and resilience.

 

 

THIS IS NOW!
– The Architecture of The 21st century City
Saturday 23 April, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

The Square Mile is London’s contemporary architectural playground and a space of perpetual change. Amidst the unlikely framework of the capital’s most ancient streets, a suite of ever more dazzling monuments to finance and global commerce reach up and out in a bewildering, awe inspiring and sometimes shocking mix of old and new. From fine-tuned brilliance to thumping mediocrity, this walk explores the evolution of space, style and scale through The City’s 21st century additions charting two decades of incredible transformation and ongoing argument.

 

 

 

THE SHOW’S THE THING!
– Architecture & Melodrama of The Regent’s Park
Saturday 30 April, 10.30-12.30 £12 BOOK HERE

The Regent’s Park is one of London’s finest public spaces. Created by John Nash for The Crown in the early 19th Century it is credited as the city’s first garden suburb – a place where stately villas, palatial terraces and landscape all work together to conjure picturesque scenes of delight. Yet behind the gleaming stucco facades, it was a venture marked by bitter arguements, nepotism, fudge and compromise. From illusions of Versailles, to incarnations of ancient Greece and modernism, this walk explores artfully spun fictions and show stoppers to reveal the story of the making of the park, its best buildings, finest views and greatest dramas!