The Real Lea Valley - From Industry to Art

While the Olympic Park in east London has finally introduced many Londoners, perhaps for the first time, to this part of town, beyond the Olympic Park lies a different and still unknown world, a mysterious collection of waterways, natural open spaces, and important relics of London's industrial era which London's subsequent growth and development has barely touched. Its rich industrial history played a singular part in the evolution of the metropolis; more recently it has been discovered by artists whose studios, galleries and workshops pepper the riverside. This walk provides an opportunity to get to know the area before it too is submerged by new building, as 'Central London moves east'. (picture c. Angus Hamilton, taken on past tour)

Your guide is Ralph Ward, who has worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.

Meet: Carmelite Cafe at the Nunnery Gallery 181 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ at 11am 

Saturday 11 November 11am Book here

Cost £25.50. Duration 2 -2.5 hours. Walk ends a short distance from East India Dock DLR, and Canning Town Underground station.

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Feedback from Open-City walking tour attendees

"I was curious about the new developments and seeing what had happened to King's Cross in the 26 years since I worked in the area. I loved how the new developments are so sensitive to the old"

"We were very interested to see how the King's Cross area is progressing, it's such an important development, taking place almost on our doorstep."

 

 


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