Tour of London&

Tour of London's Public Health Architecture with Open City Friends, Saturday 10 August 11am

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

Taking place on Saturday 10th August, 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.

Please note this event is for Friends of Open City only.