New London Architecture Walking Tour
At me&dave we always want to stay up to date with what’s going on in our hometown, and the walking tours run by New London Architecture are a great way to really get to the heart of urban planning’s past, present and future. We recently joined an excellent tour of St Giles, Regent Street and Soho, which is unsurprisingly seeing a massive shift with the crossrail development now well underway.
From the NLA’s headquarters in Goodge Street we traversed the streets of Midtown and Soho, picking up the groundbreaking work of Renzo Piano and Eric Parry Architects along the way. What really fascinated though, were the buildings of lower profile – the ones that had cleverly integrated modern architecture and materials into a traditional pre-war garden square; the same ones you could easily blink and miss. London’s face is changing, there’s no denying it, but this tour really highlighted just how much today’s architects can keep us moving forward without losing our sense of self.