GIFT! Pocket London Tours Subscription

Regular price $58.00 Sale price $52.00
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The recipient of a Pocket London Tours subscription will receive engaging, incisively written and architecturally adventurous walking and cycling tours directly to their door each month.

The tours feature a wide range of authors, from veteran historians to established architects and emerging critics, each unlocking stories about compelling neighbourhoods across the capital. The maps are a high quality risograph print, and are delivered in a smart black string and washer envelope for safekeeping.

Published by Open City, the charity behind London's acclaimed Open House Festival, and featuring a wide range of authors from veteran historians to emerging critics, the Pocket London Tours allow you to explore the city on your own terms and at your own pace, tackling big themes while experiencing London's finest architecture. It is the perfect gift for any lover of London, or for someone getting to know the city and its architecture for the first time.

Note: working with different tour guides and institutions for each instalment of Pocket London sometimes means delivery date can vary from month to month but rest assured, each subscriber will receive all of the maps that are a part of their subscription. Thank you for supporting Open City's charitable works as a part of your subscription!

Please note this is a gift subscription which is not eligible for any discounts. If you would like to subscribe for yourself, and redeem a 50% discount for becoming an Open City Friend, please purchase a monthly subscription instead.

      Six month and twelve month subscriptions

      All prepaid subscriptions will renew on the 25th day of the month.

      If you would like to cancel during the six or twelve month period, please contact a member of the Open City team on who will be able to help. When you buy a longer-term subscription, the costs of the maps are cheaper as it helps us to plan ahead accurately and fund their production. Those cancelling before the end of their subscription will be refunded the remainder of their payment minus the full RRP (£7.50) of each map already received.

      For new subscribers signing up before the 25th, you will receive the current month’s map on demand from our warehouse, and then will be added to the mailing list for the subsequent maps coming directly from the printer. This means that two issues may be delivered closely together, but you will receive six or twelve maps in total before shipments stop.

      Monthly rolling subscriptions

      Monthly subscriptions must run for a minimum of three months before cancellation. This is because a rolling subscription is offered at a discounted rate to allow us to better plan our print runs and allocate resources. If you would like to cancel sooner, please contact a member of the Open City team on for advice.

      For our monthly subscribers, we are unable to offer a first map on demand, so your map will arrive at the start of the following month and at the start of each month afterwards for the duration of the subscription. New orders must be received before the 25th in order to receive the map for the subsequent month. After the first payment, monthly payments are taken on the 25th of each month.

      Gift subscriptions

      Gift subscriptions are set up as a one-off payment product, and not managed through the ReCharge portal. 

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      • What is the future of work? Maria Lisogorskaya, founding member of Turner Prize winning collective Assemble explores a variety of productive spaces through London's past, present, and future.
      • Siufan Adey and Amanda Maud take a forensic walk around Limehouse, uncovering traces of London's forgotten original Chinatown.
      • In the first ever retrospective of George Finch's work, Kate Macintosh considers his legacy and the context of socially engaged architecture today.
      • In the year after the Becontree Estate's centennial, Selasi Setufe, an architect working in the borough, explores the wider area's history and future.
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      • And much more from writers including Neal Shasore, the new head of the London School of Architecture, the writer Douglas Murphy and academic Ruth Lang.