Spitalfields to Stepney Green Walking Tour - Saturday 22 January 2022 10am

Spitalfields to Stepney Green Walking Tour - Saturday 22 January 2022 10am

Regular price £14.50
Tax included.


Join Open City for a socially-distanced walking tour exploring the fascinating architectural history of London’s rapidly changing East End.

This fun and engaging walking tour — led by Barratt London head of planning and Golden Key Academy graduate Martin Scholar — focuses on how the area’s built environment has changed, adapted and developed over the past 500 years to create the vibrant mix of cultural activity we see today.

The tour references local buildings and street names to explore how the historical development of the district was shaped by the arrival and later large-scale departure of its Huguenot and Jewish communities. It then focusses on the arrival of the area’s vibrant and world-famous Bangladeshi community before going on to discuss and illustrate how the district’s population and built environment is rapidly changing once again.

The tour will take in one of the finest collections of surviving Georgian architecture in London, the extraordinary variety of Brick Lane which is described by many as the ‘heartland’ of the Bangladeshi community in Britain;  the tragic story of the murder and subsequent protests behind Altab Ali Park; the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and surrounding back streets, squares and stories; Rinkoffs Bakery where we may stop for a quick Crodough; and finally the unexpected delights of Stepney Green.

Other highlights include Fieldgate Street Synagogue, Nelson Street Synagogue, the Neuron Pod by acclaimed architect Will Alsop, and housing typologies from the 16th to 21st centuries. Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will explore the architecture and history of London’s East End.

Meet: Churchyard/public gardens next to Christ Church Spitalfields Commercial Street E1 6LY. Ends Stepney Green Gardens. Duration: 2 hrs approx. Cost £14.50 / £9.50 concessions. (students/unemployed).

This tour incorporates the use of Zoom, please read the essential read before booking tab below. Get in touch with Adrianna at tours@open-city.org.uk with any queries.

Meet the tour guide....
Martin Scholar is a town planner and is currently head of planning at Barratt London. He has previously worked for Westminster City Council and the GLA.

Concession pricing is available for those that are a student or unemployed. 

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).

This is an in-person tour and the guide is with you for the duration. Zoom is used in order to help with social distancing and allow better spacing between participants.

Attendees must download Zoom to their smartphone before the tour. Bring your fully charged smartphone (with an internet connection) and headphones with you. Zoom joining info will be sent out to bookers 24 hours before the tour.

Get in touch with Adrianna at tours@open-city.org.uk with any queries.