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Architecture on the Thames with guest speaker Julia Barfield

14 June 18:30 - 21:15
Organized by: Open City
Festival Pier, South Bank

Join Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects the world-famous designers of the London Eye for the Thames Central tour of London’s incredible skyline


This after work evening tour along the River Thames surveys the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond with a special focus on the work of the internationally renowned Marks Barfield Architects. 


As well as creating the treetop walkway in Kew Gardens, and the British Airways i-360, Brighton’s vertical Pier, Marks Barfield Architects is best known for transforming London’s skyline – and international brand image – with its design of the London Eye, the most surprising of all the Thames-side icons.

Founder Julia Marks will pair with our regular tour guide Benedict O’Looney, a practicing architect and teacher famed for his thoughtful commentary, to tell the London’s Eye’s story, and how it has captured the public’s imagination since opening in 2000.


Departing from Festival Pier, the tour first ventures upriver to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station and the new American Embassy. Then heading downriver, our guide will explore the design and history of Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, the Neo-classical Somerset House and Renzo Piano's Shard, among many others before returning to Festival Pier.


General ticket Cost: £35.50 

With pre-order Pimm's cost: £40.50 

pre-order cream cheese bagel now also available