Join the London Festival of Architecture on an architectural walking tour of the City of London with Blue Badge Guide, Caroline Dale.
The walk will start at the Monument to the Great Fire of London (Fish St Hill, London EC3R 8AH) and will take you on a fascinating tour of the City of London. You'll discover the key role of London Bridge and the River Thames across the 2000 year trading history of the City. Walk past The Monument to the Great Fire of London, a memorial to how several centuries later London survived a massive fire and in more recent times a devastating World War.
Move onto the Lombard Street area featuring the City's Medieval roots in finance. Take in the history of Leadenhall Market tracing back to the Roman period (and Harry Potter!) in the shadow of Richard Rogers' Lloyds of London building that marked the need for significant post Big Bang City rejuvenation.
Post Millennium, Leadenhall has seen how an impressive cluster of new generation City offices has transformed a vast swathe of the working environment with its incorporation of entire new public realms tucked inside reconfigured ancient streets.
While the Tower recalls the Norman invasion the nearby remaining street grid pattern recalls how the City evolved away from its residential origins to accommodate its influential economic significance. Numerous ancient churches and guildhalls survive as visual contrasts and reminders that the new City architecture continues to adapt and serve its community in increasingly creative ways.
The walking tours will take place on two different days.
Thursday, 15 September at 5.30pm
Sunday, 25 September at 11am
For bookings please following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-through-the-eastern-city-with-caroline-dale-tickets-396990518327
This tour is part of a series of tours organised by EC BID and the London Festival of Architecture exploring the area's past, present and future.
EC BID is a Business Improvement District working to promote and enhance a unique part of the City of London known as the Eastern City. Representing a leading and innovative business community, the EC BID works collaboratively to deliver a range of programmes and transformative interventions that will develop this globally recognised economic district into an agile, dynamic and vibrant destination.
For more information on the work of the BID, please visit ecbid.co.uk.
Please kindly arrive at the Monument 10 minutes before the start time of both tours.