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Public Housing London: Bankside & Southwark

25 July 10:30 - 11:30
Organized by: The London Society

Housing in London is a critical issue. In recent years, a worsening crisis of affordability has spurred the city’s boroughs to again create housing for themselves and today they are working with architects and communities to deliver some of the best anywhere in the capital.


Free from the regulations and oversight of The City, London south of the Thames developed in a unique and different way. Once market gardens and tenter grounds belonging to the Bishops of Winchester, the neighbourhoods of Bankside and Southwark became carved up between the frenetic competing and shifting needs of industry, commerce and railways with housing and living space squeezed between them.


In this v-tour, urban historian Mike Althorpe aka The London Ambler explores public housing and contrasting examples of model dwellings and estate layout in a disputed and fragmented landscape from cliff face affordable tenements and slab blocks to character cottages and garden squares.