The London public health architecture tour - Saturday 11 December 2021 10am

The London public health architecture tour - Saturday 11 December 2021 10am

Regular price £5.00
Tax included.

Join Open City for a socially-distanced walking tour exploring how public health challenges shaped London’s built environment through the ages with a special focus on water and sanitation.

This insightful walking tour from Soho to Clerkenwell — led by writer and architectural designer Eleanor Marshall — chronicles the many public health crises throughout London’s history and reveals how bold reformers, architects and public bodies radically changed our urban environment in response.

The socially-distanced walk will explain how urban qualities we take for granted today — such as clean water, sanitation, fresh air and natural light — came to be recognised as crucial to good living and working conditions and radically influenced the architecture of the city. The tour will also consider how today's pandemic could reshape our city once again.

Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our post-pandemic era, this special walking tour supported by Thames Water is part of a new series responding to the core themes of the Open House festival and wider Open City programme.

Using live audio and image sharing, participants will use their smart phones to discover the extraordinary stories of public health through the centuries. Starting in Golden Square, the site of a severe outbreak of cholera in 1854, the tour travels through Bloomsbury to Somers Town, an area of bold community health reform and finishes at Bevin Court, a controversial housing project that was part of a string of radical attempts to create modernist affordable housing in the former Borough of Finsbury.

This longer length tour will examine themes of public health, sanitary conditions and public housing by profiling pioneering buildings and people who have influenced much of modern architecture throughout Britain ever since.

Meet: 10am outside 29-30 Soho Square W1D 3QS. Duration 3 hours approx. 5 km approx. Tour ends at Bevin Court, near Angel Islington. Ticket cost £5, with support from Thames Water. 

This tour incorporates the use of Zoom, please read the info tab below. 

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).

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 with any queries.