This summer, the RIBA is hosting walks to bring neighbours, locals and visitors together to explore our local area. Every first Wednesday of July, August and September 2019, the guided walks will take a different route and explore a different theme, all inspired by images from the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections and ideas covered in the ‘Playing the Picturesque’ exhibition.
Everyone has a different walking ability and work pattern, so each day has two walks to choose from: a short walk for those with less time or who only want to walk a short distance; and a long walk for those passionate about the subject or are strong walkers.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments along (there is a coffee shop inside the RIBA building), as well as any friends, neighbours or colleagues!
These walks are led by experienced RIBA staff and are free. There’s no need to book.
Meeting point and accessibility
The walks will start in the reception of the RIBA’s HQ, 66 Portland Place. We recommend you arrive to the reception a few minutes before starting time on the day, as the walks will depart from the building soon after the start time.
Please note, the two walks on a given day will have overlapping routes and the content will be repeated. Walks will be outdoors and we recommend you wear comfortable footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing. Routes will include walking on surfaces with uneven surfaces and involve crossing busy roads.
Dates and times
All take place on the first Wednesday of each month, each Wednesday has two identical walks that vary in length:
- Short walk, 30-minute walk, starts 12.30pm, ends 1pm
- Long walk, one-hour walk, starts 1.30pm, ends 2.30pm
Each month, the walks take a different theme and route.
7 August: 'Squares and grids'
Discover how the area was carefully planned with streets and elegant houses around garden squares designed by the likes of the Adams Brothers and Humphrey Repton, whilst being speculatively built.
The walk will look at the contribution of these green spaces to the current character and environment of the local area.
The short walk will end near UCL on Gower Street, the long walk will end near Russell Square.
4 September: 'Loss and Survival: The influence of Georgian architecture'
The Georgians' powerful urban legacy survives in the local streets and the architecture. Find out what remains and how Georgian ideas have influenced buildings in the area right up to the present day.
Walks will end near Marylebone High Street.
2 October 2019: The Lost River
The River Thames features on the bronze front doors of the RIBA’s HQ building. Not far, hidden underground, is one the river’s lost tributaries, the Tyburn. Where exactly is it and how has it affected the architecture of Marylebone?
Walks will end near Marylebone High Street (south end) / Oxford Street