Modern London : The Shock of the New!

What images come to mind if we think of London? It’s a pretty sure bet that buildings of different sorts will be near the top of your thoughts. And that should come as no surprise as the architecture of this city throughout the millennia is a testament to what London has stood for.

London as a settlement has existed for over 2,000 years, originating as the Roman stronghold of Londinium. It has changed its appearance drastically over the years and the reasons for these changes have been both gradual and at times dramatic. Much of the City of London was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666. From the ashes rose a very different city. And in more recent times, the whole of London came under continual aerial bombing during the Blitz.

From the rubble of World War II there now appeared a new very different London – one that will be familiar to many of you today. The wood and brick domes and spires of Sir Christopher Wren have in many cases been “swallowed up” by the new glistening towers of steel and glass. Skyscrapers now dominate the skyline.

On this guided walk we will hear stories of many of the contemporary and modern buildings that dwarf us. We shall learn about the famous architects and designers such as Rogers, Stirling and Foster. And we shall hear the stories behind the most loved buildings and those that have been and remain controversial. The style and spirit of London is wound up closely with its architecture. To understand the buildings and structures of London is to truly understand the city you live and work in.


June 17, 2018

13:00 - 15:00

Admission: £12

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Image: Daniella King


Outside Cannon Street Tube Station

Dowgate Hill London EC4N 6AP