The Square Mile

open-citySqMLondon's historic core: a hugely impressive mix of history and modernity whose dedication to financial services belies an architectural richness of new buildings populating an historic street pattern that goes back to the Middle Ages.

From the historic sober high walls of the Bank of England to the brand new glass cladding of Foster and Partners’ 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) skyscraper, the architecture of the City has always been an expression of wealth and quality.

Its focal points were Bank and St Paul's cathedral, London's most salient and important landmarks. But around the City's expanding edges are a mix of new developments that illustrate the variety of modern British architecture, and with Heron Tower now complete the architectural debate in the City concerning the issue of tall buildings continues.


Walking tour, departing from City of London Information Centre, St Paul's Churchyard EC4M 8BX at 10am. Cost £24.50

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Feedback from attendees

“I was particularly interested in the way the Square Mile has developed over time. I enjoyed the way the tour guide gave his insights into current and future architectural developments, discovering normally hidden parts of the area”

"I had been a keen visitor of the City over 20 years ago, but had not kept up with the new developments since. It was great to see how much life there is now"

"It opened my eyes to what surrounds us all the time but take for granted! I look up a lot more, as a result"



Calendar

September
12 - Wren to Rogers Photography Tour; From Cathedral to Commerce
19 - No tours Open House weekend
23 - Architecture on the Thames Central
26 - London Landscape Islington Drovers’ Route
30 - An Eve With.. Tin House

October
3 - Riverside
10 - From Cathedral to Commerce
17 - Photo Greenwich
22 - Photo by Night
24 - Architecture on the Thames East
31 - tbc

November
7 - From Cathedral to Commerce
12 - Photo by Night
14 - Riverside
22 - tbc
28 - Wren to Rogers Photography Tour
28 - King's Cross

Further 2015 walking, photo, cycle and building tours added to the programme shortly

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