This fun and engaging walking tour led by expert guide Mike Althorpe — an urban historian, architectural researcher, educator and story teller — will explore the architecture and history of this urban village.
Despite being located right in the heart of a vast international city, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, it sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity, while still offering the dynamism of a modern urban village. As the steward of 92 acres of Marylebone, central London, The Howard de Walden Estate is responsible for overseeing a diverse community of residents and businesses, including the shops and restaurants of Marylebone Village and the world class healthcare providers of the Harley Street Medical Area.
Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city, this tour will explore the architecture and history of this urban village. With its unique make up, The Howard de Walden Estate retains the beauty of its period buildings, whilst repurposing and reinventing them for the requirements of the 21st century. From modern residential and office buildings, independent retailers, to cutting edge medical technology, The Estate preserves the history and celebrates the beauty of this community, ensuring it remains an attractive place for generations to come.
Meet: Outside front of St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT. End: RIBA, 66 Portland Place W1B 1AD
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