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NEW LONDON WALKING TOURS Discover London's latest architecture on the New London Walking Tours. Explore how the capital's buildings and streetscapes are changing through a guided walking tour of one of five 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.
Walks take place on the second Saturday of each month, begin at 13:45 with a talk around the Pipers Central London model (not applicable to King's Cross walks) and last approximately two hours. All are on foot and are led by professional Blue Badge Guides. Cost per person: £12.00 includes VAT. Pre booking is essential.
King's Cross- Next walk: Saturday 11 October 2014 (click here to book)
The walk departs from outside the main entrance to the British Library that ushered in the profound changes to the area. Rebirth of Gilbert Scott's Grand Midland Hotel and St Pancras Station to accommodate the Eurostar terminus set the tone for the whole regeneration of 67 acres of north London now known as Kings Cross Central. We will explore how Stanton William's imaginative re-use of restored structures like Cubitt's old Granary to become a new home for the University of the Arts, how Waitrose is turning a dilapated goods shed into a cookery school and where by 2015 a redundant railway depot will house the Francis Crick Institute - HOK/PLP's new world class medical research facility. The walk ends by examining the John McAslan & Partners and Stanton Williams' reconfiguration of King's Cross Station revealing London's largest public realm since the building of Trafalgar Square PLEASE NOTE: The meeting point for this walk is under the canopy at the entrance to the British Library, Euston Road. The walk finishes near King's Cross/St Pancras stations.
The City - Next walk: Saturday 8 November 2014 (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior)
Taking St Paul’s Cathedral as the starting point, we look at the major commercial buildings that accommodate the world's financial capital and the medieval street pattern which accommodates them. From Cheapside’s One New Change shopping centre designed by French starchitect Jean Nouvel through to the work-in-progress on Richard Rogers' The Leadenhall Building adjacent to Norman Foster's iconic Swiss Re building, we discover a dense cluster of striking exercises in contemporary office design set among some of the best urban space improvements in the capital. This walk starts at NLA and finishes near Bank and Liverpool Street stations. Bankside - Next walk: Saturday 13 December 2014 (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior) Taking the Tube from NLA to the Millennium Bridge, we cross the River Thames to Tate Modern. The gallery and the More London development to the east have been catalysts for Bankside’s regeneration. New residential by Rogers Stirk Harbour and office accommodation by Allies and Morrison have transformed a neglected backwater into London’s most dynamic work/live hub. The train lines still criss-cross overhead but the perception of this once undesirable Dickensian backwater is changing with the development of Herzog and de Meuron's angular brick extension to Tate Modern. This walk starts at NLA and finishes near London Bridge tube station.
Fitzrovia - Next walk: tbc (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior) 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 Farrells, Wilkinson Eyre and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. This walk starts at NLA and finishes near Great Portland Street tube station.
St Giles, Regent Street and Soho - Next walk: tbc (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior) 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. This walk starts at NLA and finishes near Oxford Circus tube station.
Bloomsbury - Next walk: tbc (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior) 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.
To see the route this walk is following, please click here. This walk starts and finishes at NLA.
Canary Wharf - Next walk: tbc (bookings open c. 4 weeks prior) Canary Wharf is one of London’s planning success stories, a feat of civic transformation on a grand-scale. Only 26 years after construction began in 1988, it flourishes as the City's second financial centre. But there is more to the Wharf than commerce. It is a socially integrated district where people work, live and play - and with the arrival of Crossrail in the second half of this decade its future development is assured. Constructed in the open spaces of the former West India Docks, planners and architects faced limiting restrictions in the design and placement of multi-storey corporate towers. The Canary Wharf Tall Buildings Walking Tour takes a serpentine route from West India Quay though the development's public spaces, giving us the opportunity to consider the work of such architects as Foster & Partners, Cesar Pelli and SOM, the integration of transport, retail and residential, and the challenge of building surrounded by water. We conclude at Norman Foster’s spectacular underground station. PLEASE NOTE: The tour will meet at West India Quay (DLR), the exit point on ground level on the waterfront.
The walk guides Caroline Dale: Caroline has conducted London architecture walks over the last nine years that she has been a Blue Badge Guide. Before guiding she worked in the City as a broker and before that was a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and London specialising in Japan and financial markets.
David Thompson: David lectures in the History of English Architecture and leads walks and interpretation study tours of both historic and contemporary buildings. Previous to guiding he was a graphic designer and typographer.