Fire, Water, Modernism is an immersive journey through the majestic post-war architecture of the City of London. We’ll discover the ancient origins of the City, and understand the ways the Square Mile’s historic boundaries, heritage and customs might have informed its modern planning. We will hear about the power and ceremony of London’s Medieval Guilds, and see it projected to this day through the refined Modernism of Guildhall and Salters’ Hall. We will also explore the monumental architecture of the Barbican and Golden Lane estates, recounting the historic events and disasters that forged and guided the City’s aspirations through centuries.

The City has been shaped by fire : as in the Great Fire of London which consumed its medieval quarter. The City of London is embraced by water : as in the ancient Thames and the secret culvert of river Fleet, once the forming the boundary of the ancient Roman settlement.. More recently, the City emerged from its ashes through the maelstrom of the Blitz like a mythical phoenix, rising in a plume of monumental post-war Modernism. In this new walk, we will connect the dots, discover hidden and mystical landmarks and their connections with the City’s lore. and course through centuries of history hiding in plain sight.

Bring your own camera and an umbrella. In wintertime, make sure you dress warm as we’ll be spending a lot of time outside.

Price : £25 per person

Booking Conditions : You will receive a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of booking, or up to 7 days before the walk. The organizer reserves the right to cancel an event as a result of low turnout, and notify guests no less than 7 days prior to departure. In case of a cancelled event, the guests may chose between a full refund or any other alternative arrangements that may be offered.

Duration : 2 hours

Meeting Point : Temple Station, Victoria Embankment, Temple, London WC2R 2PH

Farewell Point : The Barbican Estate

Please Note : The tour includes a 3 mile / 5km walk, some, and uneven terrain. Guests with very young children, or mobility difficulties are welcome, but may be challenged by part of the itinerary  : please contact me for further information.  There will be an opportunity for a break where snacks, drinks and WC facilities are available.