The London Public Health Architecture Tour - Saturday 31 August 2024 10am

The London Public Health Architecture Tour - Saturday 31 August 2024 10am

Regular price £19.50
/
Tax included.

Size

Join Open City for a walking tour exploring how public health challenges shaped London’s built environment through the ages.

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 walk will explain how urban qualities we take for granted today — such as clean water, 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 the recent pandemic could reshape our city once again.

Participants will  discover the extraordinary stories of public health through the centuries. 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.

The 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.

Key Information 

Meet: 10am outside 29-30 Soho Square W1D 3QS

Duration: 3 hours approx

Distance: 5 km approx

End: at Bevin Court, near Angel Islington

Eleanor Marshall is a writer and architectural designer based in London. She has worked in public realm and industrial design offices in North America and the UK and with city transport authorities in Moscow, London, Edinburgh and New York.

Her areas of practice are transport, health, urban design and post-war architecture. She has previously led tours in Scotland and joined the Open City team in January 2021.

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

* Please check for any planned transport engineering works, planned strike action or large scale events that may affect your journey before making your ticket purchase *

If you find you can no longer make the tour for any reason we are unable to transfer you to another date, but please feel free to pass your booked place onto a friend to go and enjoy the tour in your place. 

In the event your tour date is cancelled you will be issued with a credit note (with no expiry date) that you can use to 

- book onto a rescheduled date
- book onto any other tour from our programme 

or you can request a refund. 

All ticket purchases are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes. We really appreciate your support! 

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

Please select solidarity pricing to help Open City offer the concessionary tickets rate for student and jobseekers.

Our concession pricing (£9.50 for walking tours / £19.50 for boat tours) is available for students and jobseekers only. 

 

If you find you can no longer make the tour for Covid or any reason we are unable to transfer you to another date, but please feel free to pass your booked place onto a friend to go in your place. 

In the event your tour date is cancelled due to Covid or any other reason you will be provided with the opportunity to book onto a rescheduled date, book onto another tour, provided with a credit note (with no expiry date) or you can request a refund. 

All ticket purchases are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes. We really appreciate your support! 

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