Wednesday 24 October 2018

Open City - Open House London and Tours

Architecture on the Thames East Boat Tour - Saturday 10 November 1pm 

© Angus Hamilton 
London’s future is in the east where some of the world’s most famous architects are transforming this historic industrial landscape into a place to live and work.
Join us for this afternoon journey down the River Thames starting in Greenwich and going out towards Dartford Crossing and back.
A dramatically different landscape to that of central London Thames embankments, the tour will take in landmarks including Richard Rogers’ Dome, the vast Tate and Lyle Sugar Refinery in Silvertown, the Thames Barrier and Joseph Bazalgette’s amazing Victorian Grade I listed Crossness Sewage Treatment Works.
Led by our specialist guide Benedict O'Looney. Benedict's in-depth knowledge - he is a both a practicing architect and a teacher at the prestigious Architectural Association - guarantees deep insight and thoughtful commentary. 
GROUP DISCOUNT CODE: Enter GROUP at the checkout on purchases of 3 or more tickets to receive a 15% discount. Pre-order cream cheese bagels also available on the shop page. 
Departing and returning to Greenwich Pier, Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9HT. Duration 2.45hrs. Regretfully no children under 7. Booked for capacity of the inside covered deck in case of rain.

Photography Tour - Architecture by Night- Wednesday 7 & 28 November 6pm

© Grant Smith/VIEW 
Photographing the City’s iconic structures, the tour includes Lloyd’s Building and Heron Tower where lighting dramatically re-enforces their night time presence. At Tower Bridge a new illumination to mark the 2012 Olympics replaced the first significant illumination of 25 years.
This is an introductory tour led by an acclaimed architectural photographer and member of the architectural photography agency VIEW Pictures, who will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions as you discover the techniques of night photography.
The tour will cover: 
- Illumination of the City’s buildings and how to photograph them
- Using long shutter speeds to render light trails
- Optimum time to take night photographs
- Selection of aperture, shutter and ISO to produce best results
- Your rights to photograph in public
Participants should be familiar with the manual functions of their camera. Cameras not provided. A TRIPOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Meet: At the post boxes, opposite Lloyd’s of London, One Lime Street EC3M 7HA. Duration 2hrs. Tour ends at Tower Pier. Cost: £35.50. 

Walking Tour - Olympics and Beyond - Saturday 24 November 11am

© Angus Hamilton
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its Stratford environs is one of the busiest and most unusual development areas in London. The former Olympic Park, its venues and village are all now open in their post Olympic form, alongside Europe’s largest urban retail centre and the office sector, known as the International Quarter is starting to open. 
This is an opportunity to explore this rapidly changing area, in the context both of its rich industrial past, and ambitious plans for the future, which include ‘East Bank', containing new facilities for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, the BBC, London College of Fashion and University College London.
The tour takes you past all the Olympic venues, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the north and south Park, and through what is now known as East Village, with a brief incursion into the dramatically different world beyond the Park at Hackney Wick.
Your guide is Ralph Ward, who has worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.
Meet: at the big red 'Robert Steam Engine' Outside the main entrance of Stratford Station, opposite the bus station. Cost £25.50. Duration 2-2.5 hrs.