This is an architectural treasure hunt! Come and walk along the River Thames from Westminster to the Temple, to explore the changing architecture and developing use of London’s riverside over five centuries. We will see remains of palaces and luxury homes occupied by Kings, Dukes and millionaires; hear about the transformational embankment project of Sir Joseph Bazalgette; admire Queen Mary’s steps and the Archbishop of York’s gateway; boggle at a camel and Victorian erotica, and (if we are lucky) peer into a Georgian bathroom and William Waldorf Astor’s windows. On the way we also pass the homes of famous residents such as the diarist Samuel Pepys and actor-manager David Garrick, the first ‘terrace’ so-called, and Britain’s first purpose built civil servants’ offices. The tour is led by Anthony Davis MA FSA who is a qualified historian and guide with a special interest in London’s literary and architectural history.
10:30 - 12:15
Embankment Sw1A 2JR
Detailed joining instructions will be given with the booking confirmation