Architecture Ride: Contemporary Cut through London

Saturday 24th September 2005

A ride to look at the scale of change that London is undergoing not seen for three quarters of a century.

Posing for a group photo outside Serpentine Gallery Pavillion. Credit: Tom Bogdanowicz
Posing for a group photo outside Serpentine Gallery Pavillion. (photo courtesy Tom Bogdanowicz)

We couldn't have asked for better weather on a beautifully sunny Saturday morning. No less than 21 people turned up at Turnham Green tube station to meet Peter Murray, curator of New London Architecture and who kindly led this ride to show what's been happening over the last 10 years in contemporary architecture.

For historical context we looked at Bedford Park, one of the first 'commuter' estates in London built in the 1880s. Following the old Roman road from Bath we cut a line across central London looking at various developments, ending up at Old Street. These included the BBC White City developments, High Street Kensington improvements, Paddington Basin, plus recent housing developments in Camden and Islington.

Our thanks to Peter for leading another fascinating ride. If you're interested in seeing what developments are happening in London, visit the gallery at 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT. [map] More details on the website:


New developments at Langham Place. Credit: Philip Loy
New developments at Langham Place (photo: Philip Loy)

Looking at the developments in Paddington Basin. Credit: Philip Loy
Looking at the developments in Paddington Basin (photo: Philip Loy)

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