Architecture on the Thames Central Saturday 2 February & Thames East Saturday 9 March - joint boat tour tickets (with 20% discount)
Our two different tours explore different sections of the Thames.
Architecture on the Thames Central - Saturday 2 February 1pm
This afternoon tour along the River Thames surveys the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond, providing a fact-filled, entertaining review of the city’s stunning skyline.
Departing from Crown Pier, the tour first ventures upriver to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station, the new American Embassy and the studio of world-famous ‘starchitect’ Norman Foster, designer of the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge. Then heading downriver, our guide will explore the design and history of Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, the Neo-classical Somerset House and Renzo Piano's Shard, London’s super-contemporary skyscraper, among many others.
This unique riverside tour offers a fresh perspective on London’s emerging and established skyline and is led by our specialist guide Benedict O'Looney. Benedict's in-depth knowledge - he is a both a practicing architect and a teacher at the prestigious Architectural Association - guarantees deep insight and thoughtful commentary.
Departing and returning to Crown Pier, Victoria Embankment EC4Y. Duration 2.45hrs.
Architecture on the Thames East - with special guest speaker Alex Ely, architect, housing expert and founder of Mae Architects
Saturday 9 March 1pm
London’s future is in the east where some of London’s best architects are transforming this historic industrial landscape into a place to live and work. This afternoon journey down the River Thames starts in Greenwich and heads out towards Dartford Crossing and back with a special focus on the housing of the eastern Thames.
For this tour our regular guide Benedict O'Looney, an architect and teacher famed for his thoughtful commentary, is joined by Alex Ely, one of London’s leading architects shaping the future of housing in London.
Mae Architects design buildings that seek to address today’s urban, social and environmental challenges. Alex’s team – architects, urban designers, researchers and policy makers - is responsible for a wide range of award winning schemes from masterplans to cultural buildings, housing projects to health care as well as for the Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide.
Alex will speak for around 20 minutes, and will focus on Mae's Royal Wharf project in Newham. Mae's landmark building for developer Ballymore is a 14-storey tower that will form the backdrop to a new park facing onto the River Thames. The London Borough of Newham was looking for a centrepiece building for this development that resonated with the area and history of Royal Wharf - Mae's design draws inspiration from the history and geology of the site.
Duration 2.45hrs approx. Departing and returning to Greenwich Pier, Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9HT.
Regretfully no children under 7. Booked only for capacity for the inside covered deck in case of rain.