Monthly events will explore London’s outer limits

Architecture Foundation launches suburban walking tours

The Architecture Foundation has launched a programme of guided walks that will explore areas of outer London currently on the cusp of dramatic change.

Monthly tours will be led by architectural journalist, poet and historian Merlin Fulcher and address both local history and future development plans.

First up will be Croydon, on 20 February, historic home to archbishops and more recently famed for its postwar high-rise concrete cityscape. The suburb, part of one of London's outer boroughs since 1965, is currently the subject of multi-billion pound regeneration, including a £1.5bn Westfield shopping centre, and is earmarked as a tech hub for the capital.

This will be followed by Stratford on 12 March – taking in its creative hinterland, contested council estates and new Olympic Park developments – and Wembley Park on 9 April, tracing its transition from Metroland to retail and entertainments zone. Also on the agenda are Tottenham, Lewisham, Barking, Isle of Dogs, and Greenwich. 

The walks are in advance of the Foundation's outer London festival, Doughnut, discussing the capital's peripheries, first held last autumn and to be repeated later this year.

Guided walks cost £10 and start at 2pm. For the full programme and to book visit the Architecture Foundation website 

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