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Take to the Streets: Architectural Walks in our Neighbourhood

Come explore the fascinating history and architecture near the RIBA’s HQ and meet new people along the way in our new monthly lunchtime walks.

We are hosting walks to bring neighbours, locals and visitors together to explore our local area. Every first Wednesday of the month in 2019, the guided walks will take a different route and explore a different theme, all inspired by images from the our world-class architectural collections and exhibitions.

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 is 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, so we'd recommend you choose to attend only one walk each day. Walks will be outdoors and we advise you to wear comfortable footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing. Routes will include walking on surfaces with uneven surfaces and 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

Next walks

Each month, the walks take a different theme and route.

2 October 2019: The Lost River

The 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 what else is 'underground'?

Walks will end near Marylebone High Street (south end) / Oxford Street.

6 November 2019: Interwar architecture

These walks will look at local buildings designed between the two world wars and is inspired by the RIBA's forthcoming exhibition 'Beyond Bauhaus - Modernism in Britain 1933–66' which opens 1 October 2019. 
More details soon.

4 December 2019: Places of Worship

The RIBA’s neighbourhood has always been a diverse one. Discover local places of worship and their architectural history. 
More details soon.

Walks in 2020

In 2020, our monthly walks will start 4 March 2020. There will be no walks in January and February.