How meat and water designed part of London: the drovers’ route from Islington to Smithfield, a new walk from London Open City

Last week I led a walk exploring the drovers’ route from the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington to Smithfield Market. This took in the New River, the history of Sadler’s Wells, Spa Green and especially the impact of the movement of meat and water on the design and development of the route along St John’s Street toContinue reading “How meat and water designed part of London: the drovers’ route from Islington to Smithfield, a new walk from London Open City”

New guided walks announced on South Bank and City of London landscapes

Over the summer I am leading a number of new guided tours with London Open City the architecture education charity. Here are the details: London Landscape – From St Paul’s to Leadenhall Over the centuries the unique landscape of London has been shaped by its public spaces, including its distinctive streets, squares and parks. London’sContinue reading “New guided walks announced on South Bank and City of London landscapes”

How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield

From the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington to Smithfield, walk the drover’s route to market. A new guided walk looks at the way in which food impacted on the design of London.  This walk, the first of three, looks at meat and water and follows the blood-smattered path from Upper Street, down St John’s Street acrossContinue reading “How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield”

Strange days in Smithfield

A great view of the grand arcade in Smithfield Market.  What will happen to it?  The controversy arising from plans to replace the General Market with a new office block focused attention on the destruction of a part of the market which was no longer in use.  The General Market is now subject to aContinue reading “Strange days in Smithfield”