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East London Architecture Cycle Tour - Saturday 7 November 2020 1pm

East London Architecture Cycle Tour - Saturday 7 November 2020 1pm


Join Open House for a ‘ride out’ exploring the architecture of east London’s landmark public housing estates.

Led by up-and-coming historic conservation and preservation expert David Garrard, this socially-distanced bicycle tour will visit iconic residential developments from the golden era of public sector house building design.

Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our post-pandemic era, the East London Architecture Cycle Tour is part of a new series celebrating the very best of public housing design across the four corners of the capital.

Focussing on the most visually-striking and memorable modernist achievements of progressive boroughs in north, south, east and west London – the cycle tours will show how spacious design, health and quality of life are once again in the spotlight as our city moves forward out of lockdown.

Highlights of the eastern tour will include Britain’s first public housing development – the arts and crafts-inspired Boundary Estate in Shoreditch – along with Brutalist landmarks such as the semi-demolished Robin Hood Gardens by Alison & Peter Smithson and the Balfron Tower by Hungarian émigré Ernő Goldfinger.

Representing a series of prominent landmarks amid the rapidly changing townscape of east London, these unique locations will be brought to life to reveal the fascinating details behind their construction during a moment of unparalleled optimism and idealism for the future.

Using live audio and image sharing, participants will use their smart phones to discover the extraordinary stories of diverse and previously overlooked architects who brought a fresh wave of talent and ambition to the design of public housing.

Meet: 1 pm outside Leila's Shop, 15-17 Calvert Avenue E2 7JP. Duration: 2.5 hours approx. Tour ends in Poplar E14. Cost £12.50 / £9.50 concessions 

For a concession ticket please add full price ticket to your basket and enter CONCESSION at the checkout 

Route: This flat route – following mostly side streets and cycle paths – will be tackled at a gentle pace and is ideal for both new and confident cyclists. Participants must be competent riders; bring their own bicycle, a fully charged smart phone with internet connection, and headphones; and remember to stay at least two metres apart from each other where required.

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