Marylebone Village: Home to The Howard de Walden Estate - Saturday 29 January 2022 2.30pm

Marylebone Village: Home to The Howard de Walden Estate - Saturday 29 January 2022 2.30pm

Regular price £5.00
Tax included.

Join Open House for a socially-distanced walking tour of Marylebone, one of central London’s most attractive and atmospheric neighbourhoods and home to The Howard de Walden Estate

This fun and engaging walking tour led by expert guide Mike Althorpe - an urban historian, architectural researcher, educator and story teller - will explore the architecture and history of this urban village.

Despite being located right in the heart of a vast international city, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, it sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity, while still offering the dynamism of a modern urban village. As the steward of 92 acres of Marylebone, central London, The Howard de Walden Estate is responsible for overseeing a diverse community of residents and businesses, including the shops and restaurants of Marylebone Village and the world class healthcare providers of the Harley Street Medical Area.

Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our post-pandemic era, this tour will explore the architecture and history of this urban village. With its unique make up, The Howard de Walden Estate retains the beauty of its period buildings, whilst repurposing and reinventing them for the requirements of the 21st century. From modern residential and office buildings, independent retailers, to cutting edge medical technology, The Estate preserves the history and celebrates the beauty of this community, ensuring it remains an attractive place for generations to come.

Meet: Outside the front of St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT. End: RIBA, 66 Portland Place W1B 1AD. Duration: 2 hrs approx. 

Mike Althorpe is an urban historian, architectural researcher, storyteller and guide 'The London Ambler' With a background in Fine Art and architectural history, between 2006 - 2009 Mike was part of architectural think tank Building Futures and from 2011-2015 was public programmes curator at the RIBA. Since 2016 he has worked with Karakusevic Carson Architects and in 2017 co-authored the practice-led book ‘Social Housing’ and curated the exhibition of the same name in London in 2017 and at New York’s Center for Architecture in 2018. In 2019 he was the recipient of RIBA Research Fund and published ‘Revolutionary Low Rise’ – a publication exploring international low rise, high density housing with Abigail Batchelor. 

Mike has produced tours and walking events for five years with collaborators and clients including; Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), The Architecture Foundation, Northbank BID, AA Night School, the London Festival of Architecture, Grosvenor, The London Society and Facebook.

Tickets are non-refundable and tours go ahead, rain or shine. Please get in touch with Adrianna at with any queries.

While on the tour please follow the latest government guidelines to minimise risk to yourself and other attendees as well as adhering to the precautions Open City have in place to hep keep everyone safe. 

Due to the continually changing situation tours may have to be rescheduled at late notice. In the event your tour date is cancelled you will be provided with the opportunity to book onto a rescheduled date, book onto another tour or held in credit (with no expiry date).