Architecture Walks: Great Estates

Mike Althorpe
Various locations around London
A: 17 June & B: 24 June

Two summer walks exploring architecture, evolution and change through two of London's most celebrated urban neighbourhoods revealing their origin as part of the Georgian development of the city.

A: Great Estates of Marylebone
Friday 17th June, 10.30am – 12.45 pm
Fees: Members: £30
Non-members: £40
Concessions: £10 per course (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Booking for Short Courses opens 27 April Members / 04 May Non-Members

Once an isolated village set amidst the fields of the rural Tyburn Manor, Marylebone grew quickly in the 18th century as a modern piece of city with a spacious urban grid of handsome and elegant streets erected by the historic landowners the Portland and the Portman Estates. The neighbourhood today retains an atmosphere of tranquility, but maintains the dynamism of a modern urban hub. This walk explores the many architectural layers of what is sometimes called today 'Marylebone Village' and charts how historic and contemporary custodians of the area have informed its distinct architecture and continue to shape its cityscape.

B: Great Estates of Mayfair
Friday 24th June, 10.30am – 12.45pm
Fees: Members: £30
Non-members: £40
Concessions: £10 per course (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Booking for Short Courses opens 27 April Members / 04 May Non-Members

For centuries Mayfair has occupied a place in London as the capital’s most desirable neighbourhood. Once rolling fields at its western edge, home to the bawdy ‘May Fair’, this coveted 8-acres was developed in the 18th century with elegant streets and squares put up by the Berkeley, Curzon and Grosvenor estates for England’s upper classes. Commercialised in the 20th century, it has undergone waves of change with offices, hotels and apartment blocks replacing the grand old aristocratic houses, but has always managed to retain its exclusive status. This walk explores the evolution of Mayfair, charting the story of its architecture, (re)development and resilience.

Tutor: Mike Althorpe (The London Ambler) is an urban historian, architectural researcher, educator and story teller with a passion for the history, streets and buildings of London. Graduating from Kingston University with a BA in Fine Art, Mike went on to complete a research MA at the University of Westminster focusing on London’s Architecture, history and spatial development. He has spent the past 18 years producing a variety of built environment events, publications, exhibitions and outreach projects. Most recently he co-authored ‘Social Housing’, published by RIBA, and curated the exhibition of the same name in London in 2017 and at New York’s Center for Architecture in 2018.