Wren in the City Walking Tour with Open City Friends - Friday 13 October 2023, 12pmRegular price $0.00
Join Open City Friends for a walking tour marking 300 years since the death of the architect, scientist and polymath Christopher Wren — a man with an extraordinary and unique architectural legacy in the urban landscape of London.
To celebrate the achievements of Christopher Wren this fun and engaging walking tour led by — led by former Royal National Theatre head of tours and Golden Key Academy graduate Alison Rae — is a fascinating and insightful wander from one corner of the Square Mile to the other, charting Wren’s role in the City’s transformation from smoldering ruin after the 1666 Great Fire to glittering, modern metropolis. We will wind our way through the City’s streets and alleyways, finishing at Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral.
Passing by some of the City’s most recognisable landmarks, we will track Wren’s ideas, his inspiration and the constraints he had to deal with along the way. The tour will include amongst much else, the impressive dome of St Stephen Walbrook, the unique Gothic spire of St Margaret Pattens and a close look at the hidden meanings behind the carvings on The Monument.
Providing a fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will cover Wren’s unrealised plans for the city, other non-religious works such as the Temple Bar Gateway: the only surviving gateway into the City of London, and the long-lasting impact Wren has had on architecture right up to the modern day.
This Architecture of Wren in the City walking tour date is led by one of our expert guides Alison Rae. Each of our tour guides will bring a unique perspective and wealth of experience to the topic.
Meet: outside Natural Kitchen entrance (Ground floor, Double Tree by Hilton London - Tower of London) 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF
End: at St Paul’s Cathedral
Duration: 2.5 hours approx
This tour is just for Core and Keystone Friends of Open City. If you would like to join these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org