OnStreet Walks

LIVE! OnStreet 120min walks hosted in the open air at safe distance via headphones using the Zoom app via your phone on selected Saturdays throughout Autumn 2020!

Full programme below – more dates to be added soon.

 

 

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE – The Architecture of St James’s Park
Saturday 17 October, 10.30 -12.30
£5 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 landscape of walks and hills and 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.
A LIVE OnSTREET WALK HOSTED AT SAFE DISTANCE via HEADPHONES AND THE ZOOM APP

CROWNED WITH GREEN – The Architecture of Bloomsbury
Saturday 31 October, 10.30 – 12.30
£5 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 first in the 17th century with aristocratic mansions, it leapt northwards in the 1800s with 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 to reveal a network of grand and intimate green spaces that today incubates some of the capital’s greatest buildings, radical moves and long standing controversies!
A LIVE OnSTREET WALK HOSTED AT SAFE DISTANCE via HEADPHONES AND THE ZOOM APP

 

ROOKERIES, RAILWAYS & RADICALS- Architecture Down The Fleet River
Saturday 21 November, 10.30 – 12.30
£5 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 and buildings of London’s most radical of arteries.
A LIVE OnSTREET WALK HOSTED AT SAFE DISTANCE via HEADPHONES AND THE ZOOM APP

FRAGMENTS OF TOMORROW – Modernism Lost & Found in the City of London
Saturday 05 December, 10.30 – 12.30
£5 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.
A LIVE OnSTREET WALK HOSTED AT SAFE DISTANCE via HEADPHONES AND THE ZOOM APP