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South London Architecture Cycle Tour - Saturday 24 October 2020 11am

South London Architecture Cycle Tour - Saturday 24 October 2020 11am


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

Led by up-and-coming architectural designers Aidan Hall and Rosalind Peebles, 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 South 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 southern tour will include the cloister-like Macintosh Court retirement home in Streatham, the arched streets of Dunbar Dunelm estate in West Norwood, the cascading Central Hill in Crystal Palace, the village-like Lammas Green in Sydenham, and the spectacular commanding Dawson’s Heights in East Dulwich.

Occupying a series of dramatic hilltop sites across south 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 – such as Kate Macintosh, Magda Borowiecka, Rosemary Stjernstedt, and William Jacoby – who brought a fresh wave of talent and ambition to the design of public housing.

Meet: 11am outside Filling Station Café 235 Streatham High Rd, Streatham, SW16 6EN. Duration: 3 hours approx. Tour ends in East Dulwich SE22. 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 challenging but rewarding route – including several up and downhill sections – will be tackled at a gentle pace. Participants must be competent riders; bring their own bicycle, a fully charged smart phone with internet connection, downloaded Zoom in advance of the tour, bring headphones; and remember to stay at least two metres apart from each other where required. Zoom joining info will be sent out to all bookers the week before the tour.

Get in touch at with any queries. 

Please note: Due to the continually changing situation tours may have to be rescheduled at late notice. In the event your tour date in cancelled, you will be able to book onto another tour or held in credit (with not expiry date). 

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