London Festival of Architecture: New London Walking Tours

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If you are booking a place after 15:00 on Friday 27 June please print your payment confirmation and bring it with you on the day. 

NEW LONDON WALKING TOURS 

As part of London Festival of Architecture 2014, NLA are hosting a series of tours alongside the regular programme
Discover London's latest architecture. Explore how the capital's buildings and streetscapes are changing through a guided walking tour of one of six Central London quarters - each distinct in their character and history. Discover major new architectural landmarks alongside lighter touch interventions, and how these projects are being embedded into and are adding new dimensions to the fabric of the city's historic urban context.   

The cost per person is £12.00 and includes VAT. Student concessions available. Pre booking is essential.

Covent Garden
Start: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Conclude: near Covent Garden Tube Station

Saved from wide-spread demolition and redevelopment following the wholesale fruit, vegetable & flower market's relocation to Vauxhall in the 1970s Covent Garden has been one of Central London's urban success stories. Now the area is capitalising further on its success with a continuing programme of restoration, renewal and infill, through developments in retail, commercial and residential. This walk explores new and upcoming developments, with particular attention paid to the restoration of Covent Garden Market and the new Kings Court and Carriage Hall.

Saturday 28 June, 11.00 (meet at 10:45) - click here to book tickets

Bloomsbury
Start: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Conclude: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
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As home to a vast array of cultural, academic, literary and medical institutions, Bloomsbury is often dubbed London's "most intellectual neighbourhood". But new architectural landmarks reassure the area retains its lively reputation throughout the 21st century. The walk explores innovative architectural juxtapositions rising up among its historical garden squares including pavilion annexes by RSH Partners to the British Museum and two new University College Hospital research and treatment centres for Cancer by Grimshaw and Hopkins. The "Godless College", University College, expands with a Nanotechnology Centre (Feilden Clegg Bradley) and award-winning new School of Slavonic Studies (Short Associates) while Holden's Senate House presides over a cluster of rebuilt institutions such as Avery Associates' Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre for RADA and add-ons like Stanton Williams' Clore Management Centre for Birkbeck College.

Saturday 28 June, 11.00 (meet at 10:45) - click here to book tickets

Fitzrovia
Start: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Conclude: near Great Portland Street underground station 

Fitzrovia has shrugged off its post-War Bohemian past by being transformed successfully into a part of central London full of high quality design and refreshing urban planning initiatives. Once famous as the birthplace of advertising and the three-hour lunch, now its restored Georgian splendour in the shadow of 60’s icon the BT Tower segues seamlessly into dynamic office schemes between the bustling Tottenham Court and Euston Roads. Nowhere else in the centre of the city boasts a broader combination of health, educational, commercial and residential schemes today. The walk covers a combination of completed and works-in-progress by such practices as Terry Farrell & Partners, Wilkinson Eyre and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.   

Saturday 28 June, 14.00 (meet at 13:45) - click here to book tickets

The West End
Start: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Conclude: near Oxford Circus tube station

With the Crossrail project tunnelling beneath the West End, major above ground works will deliver new buildings enhanced public spaces. On the way from St Giles in the east with its new Renzo Piano mixed-use development to the public space improvements around Oxford Circus we will look at the way new architectural planning has threaded into the dense social and historic fabric of Soho. We also see how retrofits and new-builds from leading practices such as Eric Parry Architects renew the 350 year-old landscape of the world behind Regent Street in Mayfair. 

Saturday 28 June, 14.00 (meet at 13:45) - click here to book tickets