Spring Walks 2019

EAST LONDON – Architecture, Streetlife & Survival
Saturday 02 March, 10.30 – 12.30
£12-£10 BOOK HERE

One of the city’s fastest growing areas, 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 massive change. Before the coffee and the hipsters – merchants, labourers, refugees, reformers and the desperate shaped its life and each have left their mark on its tumultuous landscape. From lost markets, model dwellings and modernism 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 East London.
DEPARTS – Old Street station (Exit 1 Old Street east – North side)


EDGELANDS – Architecture at The City’s Limits
Saturday 09 March, 10.30 – 12.30
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Around the fringe of every city lies an ‘edgeland.’ Neither town nor country these fertile hinterlands were described in the 19th century by novelist Victor Hugo as ’bastard’ places ‘made up of two different natures’, places that straddled worlds and spatial traditions. Miles from countryside London’s core maintains its own 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 in the shadow of the financial heart. Following a route defined by Romans, it explores a land of medieval sanctuaries, victorian warehouses, modernist utopias and 21st century commercial leviathans!
DEPARTS – Inside Trinity Square gardens, near Tower Hill Underground Station

NASH RAMBLAS – The Making & REmaking of Regent Street
Saturday 16 March, 10.30 – 12.30
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Regent Street is the great showpiece thoroughfare of London. Cutting a swathe through the West End, it is one of the city’s most important urban developments and transformed the face of London. Carved out by the city’s great architect-planner John Nash, it was touted by George IV as the premier street of Europe. Lined with an array of stucco parades and colonnades, it was completely rebuilt in during the 1900s to match the scale and ambition of a new century – a project still underway in the 1920s. From pleasure palaces and Regency rendezvous to facades and arcades, this 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.
DEPARTS – Base of The Duke of York Steps, on the Mall at St James’s Park.

THE GREAT ESTATES – High Life/Low Life Thru Marylebone & Mayfair
Saturday 30 March, 10.30 – 12.30
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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 – Front of St Marylebone Parish Church, facing Marylebone road.


ROOKERIES, RAILWAYS & RADICALS – Architecture Down The Fleet River
Saturday 13 April, 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 London’s most radical of arteries.
DEPARTS – Outside Kings Cross mainline station, under the clock.



FRAGMENTS OF TOMORROW – Modernism Lost & Found in The City of London
Saturday 20 April, 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.


ALONG THE NORTH SHORE – The Architecture of London’s Middle City
Saturday 27 April, 10.30 – 12.30
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Clinging to the banks of the Thames between the hubs of the historic City and Westminster, lies the teeming Middle City. Settled by the Saxons in the 7th century, this third place was known as Lundenwic and was later home to the great waterside palaces of Medieval and Tudor England’s richest courtiers and noblemen. Located at the mid-point between commercial and political power, the area boomed as a great and varied centre 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 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.