New London Neighbourhood Tours

Discover London's latest architecture on the New London Neighbourhood Tours. Tours take place twice a month, on the second Saturday and the last Wednesday of each month.

Explore how the capital's buildings and streetscapes are changing through our guided walking and cycling tours of London’s neighbourhoods - 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.   
 
New London Neighbourhood Tours generally take place on the second Saturday of each month from 14:00-16:00 and the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30-12:30. Please see below for upcoming tour dates.
 
Tours will begin promptly at stated time, please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before this for registration with your professional Blue Badge Guides. The cost per person is £18.00 (as of June 2016) and includes VAT. Pre booking is essential.
 
Tours will go ahead whatever the weather and tickets are non refundable/transferable.
 
Please note, our standard walking tours cover a large area over a period of 2 hours and so may not be suitable for young children under 12 years old. Click here for information on our Family Activities.
 
Private bespoke walking tours also available - contact Molly Nicholson for more information.

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Olympic Park

Next tour: Saturday 13 May 2017, 14:00-15:00

Following the huge success of the 2012 Olympic Games, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas now continue to grow as one of London’s newest neighbourhoods, adapting the sustainable legacy of the park's buildings and transport links to meet future needs.

Starting with the Olympic Stadium by HOK and its neighbouring Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, we discover the site of Olympicopolis - a multicultural and academic cultural centre in the east being designed by Allies and Morrison and O'Donnell and Toumey. Tracing the meanders of the River Lea tributaries that criss-cross the park, we see Hackney's thriving Copper Box by Make Architects and Populous and the transformed 2012 press and media hubs now Here East by Hawkins/Brown Architects. Hopkins Architects’ RIBA award-wining Velodrome presides over a two-wheeler zone, while over-the-bridge the bright blue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centres by Stanton Williams Architects define the QEOP's north boundary. Finally, our walk will discover the multi-architect designed Athletes Village complex which now thrives as East Village - also home to vital local community amenities like Chobham Academy by AHMM and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre by Penoyre & Prasad Architects.

This walk starts at Stratford Station, Westfield Exit through the ticket barrier in front of EAT.

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The City

Next tour: Saturday 10 June 2017, 14:00-16:00

Traditionally the historic and financial heart of the capital, The City of London continues to experience ongoing regeneration. Home to some of London’s largest and most high-profile tall buildings, this ever-changing neighborhood offers bustling excitement alongside creative public realm projects and cultural buildings. 
 
Our walk will explore the next set of schemes in the City cluster by top architects including PLP Architecture, Eric Parry Architects and KPF. At Bank Junction, the heart of Square Mile, we’ll discover a range of medium height mixed-use developments which are slotted into voids left by redundant Victorian and post World War II buildings. Working with conservation restraints, projects such as Stirling Wilford’s No 1 Poultry and Foster + Partners’ Bloomberg London redefine the City’s prime economic role while emphasising the importance of public realm.
 
This walk will start and finish at The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AR.
 

Bankside

Next tour will take place on Wednesday 28 June 2017, 10:30-12:30

This area of London, along the south bank of the Thames, offers some of the most exciting and diverse spaces in the capital. With a generous supply of cultural buildings, transport links and river-side public realm, Bankside continues to see increased development of residential and workspace projects together with museum, gallery and theatre improvements.

Our walk from Southwark Underground station to London Bridge weaves through contrasting once forgotten back streets and bustling pedestrian thoroughfares to explore and understand Bankside's regeneration, including such game-changing projects as the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern and the Shard. New residential by Rogers Stirk Harbour and office accommodation by Allies and Morrison amongst other practices, have transformed the area into arguably London’s most dynamic work/live hub. The train lines still criss-cross overhead but the perception of this once undesirable Dickensian backwater continues to evolve with the recent completion of Herzog and de Meuron's angular brick extension to Tate Modern.

This walk meets at Southwark tube station, just past the ticket barriers.

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Shoreditch

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

A new walk for 2017, join NLA as we explore Shoreditch, London’s creative urban neighbourhood with an ever-changing supply of start-ups, independent cafes, event spaces and pop-up retail. Discover an area of east London undergoing unprecedented transformation through infrastructure, innovation and mixed-use development.

For years, redundant service-yard shacks, factories and workshops in rubbish-strewn alleyways along the Shoreditch to Islington route accommodated innovative creatives in makeshift low-rent offices. In the last decade, with new transport facilities installed, this sought-after vibrant route now claims to be London’s fastest evolving live/work hub - attracting major companies on the cusp of moving into transformational architecture now lining the old high streets. While retracing some remaining influential historic origins, this walk features work by Foster + Partners, Orms, Adjaye Associates, Gensler, AHMM and Studio Octopi among others.

This walk starts outside Shoreditch Highstreet Overground station entrance.

Covent Garden

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

A new walk for 2017, join NLA as we explore one of London’s most exciting and densely populated residential, retail and office neighbourhoods, anchored around one of London’s most visited sites, Covent Garden Market. 
 
The walk leads from the 18th C formality of one of London’s best-preserved squares on the Bedford Estate to the 21st century version in Renzo Piano’s Central St Giles. Piano’s citrus-coloured agglomeration borders the area taking its name from London’s earliest and most famous square: Covent Garden Piazza. Inigo Jones’ late 17th century revolutionary slice of town planning for the Earl of Bedford, although profoundly altered over the centuries, endures with a similar live/work mix to influence key developments all over central London today. A mix of ingenious modern infills rising inside the original street grid respect, revitalise and protect this buzzing and densely populated residential, retail and office zone.
 
This walk starts at New London Architecture.

King's Cross St Pancras

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

The dramatic renewal of this key two-station transport hub kick-started the regeneration of King’s Cross Central, 67acres of old railway and industrial land being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living, working, learning and play.
 
We will learn about five new office pavilions in various stages of readiness designed by architects as diverse as David Chipperfield and Porphyrios Associates which surround the newly created Pancras Square. Beyond and separated by the Regents Canal, our New London walk highlights a series of 19th century industrial buildings which are being imaginatively restored to house an art school, a gallery, offices, cooking schools, event spaces, a theatre, a clutch of bars and restaurants and a supermarket by Bennetts Associates. These sit adjacent to schools, parks, pools and an array of new residential apartment pavilions by AHMM, Macreanor Lavington and Glenn Howells. Still very much a work in progress, King’s Cross Central is already north London’s most exciting destination.
 
This walk starts at St Pancras Station upper concourse by the giant statue of a couple called 'The Meeting'.

Canary Wharf

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

Just 28 years after construction began, Canary Wharf is one of London’s planning success stories. This walk will explore new developments in the area as it prepares for the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.  
 
Started in 1988, Canary Wharf was conceived as a feat of civic transformation, a financial centre to rival the City of London. 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 2018 a flourishing future is assured. The tour follows major thoroughfares and winds through public spaces to provide a sense of place and an understanding of both the built and social complexity of the district. We will look at the challenges faced when inserting mega construction projects into the historic super-structure of the former West India Docks with its vast tracts of open water. There will be opportunity to see the work of such architects as Foster + Partners, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and SOM, and consider the future direction the Wharf is taking as development continues into neighbouring Wood Wharf. The tour includes the upper levels of Foster + Partner’s new Crossrail station and concludes at the practice's spectacular underground station.
 
This walk will start at West India Quay (DLR), the exit point on ground level on the waterfront.

 

Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

Join us as we discover the historic estate neighbourhoods of Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. Traversing either side of the Tottenham Court Road artery in the heart of central London, we explore the area’s diverse mix of hospitality, workspace, education, retail and residential uses.

Both having evolved from late 18th century academic, medical and artistic institutional roots, this walk examines recent large and smaller-scale institutional, residential and office developments. To the west, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ two-acre plus work/live development Pearson Square is fast redefining Fitzrovia’s historic quirkiness in sparkling new open-for-business settings. While to the east, around Bloomsbury’s old squares, key new building and landscape developments by Grimshaw Architects, Hopkins Architects and others capitalise on the global success of UCL and are fast reconfiguring the whole area.

This walk starts at New London Architecture.

West End

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

World famous for it’s theatres, retail and night life, discover London’s West End as it undergoes massive transformation and new placemaking projects. 
 
As the West End evolves to redefine itself as a work/live/shopping destination, its narrow streets and wealth of protected heritage buildings are flexing to accommodate the trend. The new master-planned acres of Rathbone Square by Make Architects combine residences alongside mixed-scale businesses. Elsewhere, in New London Awards winning Ham Yard by Woods Bagot with Atkins Landscape Architects, a warren of unwelcoming back street alleys from a different era have been rationalised and reconfigured into a stylish haven for offices, hotels, restaurants and shops. Entire streetscapes like Nash’s Regent Street, Waterloo Place and Quadrant have returned Piccadilly to its former glory, giving back generously to the public realm. We explore new builds and retrofits by Eric Parry Archiects, Orms, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Woods Bagot and more.    
 
This walk starts at New London Architecture.
 
 

Victoria

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

Book-ended by Buckingham Palace to the west and Westminster Abbey to the east, Victoria is a truly unique neighborhood, experiencing unprecedented new developments and rebuilds.

Much of Victoria Street has been redeveloped in recent years. A combination of architects PLP Architects, Lynch Architects and Benson + Forsyth are creating Nova - a 6-acre hub on the western perimeter of Victoria. Our walk will explore the renovation of Cardinal Place by EPR Architects at the heart of the area. Adjacent to the Cathedral Piazza, an entire retrofit of 1970’s classic Elsom Pack and Roberts’ Ashdown House (renamed 123 Victoria Street) has been refurbished by Auckett Swanke, while a brand new development by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects restores cinema to Victoria, side by side with quality big-name restaurant chains at ground level. We will discover how these projects are helping to create a fresh Victoria “high street” mix, which the area historically lacked.

This Walk starts at the glass sculpture in Cardinal Place. 

Holborn

Next tour will take place later in 2017, booking will open soon!

Discover this rich slice of London as it gears up for the changes that Crossrail will bring in 2018, offering a diverse neighborhood mix of retail, residential and workspace use. 
 
Our Holborn walk starts from the new face-to-face Farringdon Station entrance anticipating Crossrail’s arrival. The effect is redefining a handful of so-called “laggard” linking neighbourhoods in the heart of London. From the Farringdon and Clerkenwell borders across the edge of Smithfield, Holborn to the Strand, the tour features stunningly re-activated sites emerging alongside fresh architectural expression in the learning/work/living/leisure mix now articulated across the metropolis. Along our walk, we consider contributions from architects Buckley Gray Yeoman, KPF, John Robertson Architects, Orms, O’Donnell + Tuomey and many more.
 
This walk starts at Farringdon Station new entrance, Cowcross Street.