Tower Hill Tube, meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stall | Map
Guided by David T.
City Architecture: Romans to Rogers
Sculpture 20 ft. down. Sculpture in the Sky. Everything about this walk is a joy. What you see. And how you see it. What to look for. Why it matters. Why now. Why here. Why then. Goes without saying that the big picture stuff – these remarkable buildings viewed in their entirety from the best possible vantage point (whether it's a question of visual drama and full-on splendour and Wow! factor or of "framing" with a "piece of the distant past" in order to make a jaw-dropping compare and contrast point) – is high voltage. But the piquant little details are just as arresting. Saucy nicknames; the towering innuendo; tonnage and acreage and precisely how many glass panes; pagan temples and a Roman basilica; and roof gardens and surreal landscaping and how great architects carve the space – relate a building to its position; indeed, the materials, the stone, the steel, glass – their characteristics and properties and why they were right for any given building. With this subject you need somebody who knows what they're doing – and that's why this walk is guided by the distinguished Museum of London Archaeologist and Museum Curator Kevin Flude.
Frozen Music – The City of London Architecture Tour takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, March 30. Meet Museum of London archaeologist just outside the exit of Tower HillTube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public City of London Architecture walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the City of London Architecture Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.
"The Walkie-Talkie was of the generation of towers that followed the consenting of the Gherkin and the Shard. Its architect, Rafael Viñoly, was born in Montevideo, built his practice in Argentina in the 1960s and 70s and then moved to New York. He has not and may never win the Pritzker Prize, but he carries a Pritzker-y aura about with him. Profiles note his ability as a pianist, the two Steinways he keeps in his office and the nine pianos he owns in total: 'architecture is essentially a score,' he has said, 'and what happens with it depends on the people who play it, enjoy it, use it or hate it.' He had a striking habit of wearing three pairs of glasses on his head at once. 'I am an individual,' the multiple spectacles seemed to say, 'a free spirit.'" Rowan Moore
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.