Modernist Marylebone and Fitzrovia - walk

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Modernist Marylebone and Fitzrovia - walking with Helen Barrett, in association with The Modernist Book Fair

Saturday 22nd June 2024

All proceeds going to Bow Food Bank

1.45pm for a 2pm start (until approx. 4pm)

Meet at Vitsoe, 21 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2NG

London is one of the best cities in the world for modernist architecture, but its modernism is eclectic and as Ian Nairn wrote, the city does not make a display of its best things.

Join a walking tour to discover those best things in two parts of London rich in modernism of all kinds, from the expressive, early 20th-century optimism of BBC Broadcasting House and the Riba headquarters to the cool high modernism of the former headquarters of textile company Sanderson - and find out where some of London's most celebrated modernists spent their time.  

Helen Barrett is a journalist specialising in design, architecture, visual art, popular culture and modern life. She writes for the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Critic and others. She is the former editor of the FT's House & Home section and a founder of London Modern, a conference celebrating London's modernism.  

Image credits:

BBC Building, Portland Place, London W1 by Christine Matthews, CC BY-SA 2.0, 

Sanderson Hotel, Adrian Scottow, CC BY-SA 2.0 

[this tour - pre-booked ticket holders only]

NB: we do not send out tickets for these events - your name will be added to an attendee list

NB: Walk will be approximately 2 hours in length - this is an outdoor event and is at the mercy of the weather, please dress accordingly, and take extra care with road traffic and all those other on street hazards!

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