Town of Tomorrow: Thamesmead Through Film Walking Tour - Saturday 20 August 2022 1pm

Town of Tomorrow: Thamesmead Through Film Walking Tour - Saturday 20 August 2022 1pm

Regular price £5.00
Tax included.

Join Open City for a walking tour revealing the unique architectural vision of Thamesmead through film.

This fun and engaging walking tour — led by Golden Key Academy graduate and Allies and Morrison architect Áine Grace  — uses archive film to demonstrate the futuristic ideas and shifting identities at the heart of Thamesmead, an architecturally bold New Town built on former marshland by the Greater London Council between 1964 and 1986.

Envisioned as a new town on the south eastern edges of London, Thamesmead offered a leap forward into what was seen as futuristic 21st century-style living to both residents and visitors alike. Among its most famous visitors was director Stanley Kubrick, who filmed iconic scenes from his cult classic film A Clockwork Orange on the newly built estate in 1970.

Since Kubrick, Thamesmead has continued to attract filmmakers, providing a compelling backdrop for urban storytelling. With the estate now undergoing large scale regeneration including building 20,000 new homes, community and cultural facilities in a vision to realise Thamesmead’s potential as London’s new town, this walking tour revisits its original design intentions and by focusing on film offers a unique re-reading of its landscape to reveal its multiple identities and its enduring humanity.

Providing a fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will explore the past, present and future of Thamesmead as one of London’s most culturally diverse and iconic neighbourhoods with an Elizabeth Line station connecting it to the centre. 

The entertaining and insightful route will visit the ancient ruins of Lesnes Abbey before heading north into the 1960s and 1970s Parkview and Southmere neighbourhoods where new landscaping has transformed public spaces and set the stage for a civic centre featuring a new library by the acclaimed architects Bisset Adams.

Áine Grace is originally from Belfast where she studied architecture at Queens University. Her work has a strong focus on urbanism and film. She is particularly interested in analysing our ever evolving attitudes to cities and how we inhabit the built environment. After moving to London almost seven years ago, she has worked on a number of large scale residential and masterplan projects and continues to weave film into architectural practice, completing a short film recently about getting lost in London.

Grace is a graduate of the 2021 Golden Key Academy — a masterclass for urban and architectural tour guiding run by Open City. She joined the Open City tours team in November 2021.

Tickets are non-refundable and tours go ahead rain or shine.

Please check for any planned transport strike action before making your ticket purchase. 

Get in touch with Adrianna at with any queries.

In the event your tour date is cancelled due to Covid 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 and allow image sharing. 

Attendees must download Zoom to their smartphone before the tour. Bring your fully charged smartphone (with an internet connection) and headphones. Zoom joining info will be sent out to bookers 48-24 hours before the tour.

Get in touch with Adrianna at with any queries.