City Crit: Public Art in The City of London

Join Mike Althorpe – AKA The London Ambler – for a walking tour exploring the weird and beautiful outdoor artworks of the City of London


02:00pm, Saturday, 10 November 2018


04:00pm, Saturday, 10 November 2018

Tour Guide:

Mike Althorpe

Duration: 2hrs

Start: Kindertransport statue at Liverpool Street Station, 14 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7NX

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Revisiting the passions stirred in our 2017 ‘What’s That Thing?’ debate in partnership with The Spectator magazine, AF presents a new season of bike rides and walkabouts for autumn 2018 exploring London’s bad, and brilliant, public art up close and in the open air led by urban historian and explorer Mike Althorpe – aka ‘The London Ambler.’

In this second event, Althope heads through the heart of London’s financial district exploring how big money and prestige urban place shapers have used public art to aggrandise and embellish, but also to evoke memories of a City long since vanished and stir contemporary debate. Starting in the eastern fringe at Spitalfields, this walk takes in Broadgate, a game changer for its extensive public arts programme, before heading up to the Barbican, down to Paternoster Square and St Paul’s and finishing at the City’s new urban heart.

Tour Guide:

Mike Althorpe is an urban historian, events producer, educator and research and development manager at Karakusevic Carson Architects. Graduating from Kingston University with a BA in Fine Art, he completed an MA at the University of Westminster on London’s architectural and spatial development and for the past 18 years has produced a range of built environment publications, exhibitions and outreach projects working with CABE, Building Futures, the London Festival of Architecture and was public programmes manager of the RIBA between 2011 and 2015. 

More events in December.