Lambeth Cyclists Architectural Ride 28 February 2015: Nairn’s London

In the first Lambeth Cyclists architectural ride (open to all) of 2015, we will discover Nairn’s London, some 50 years on.

Image of cover of Nairn's London book on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Published in 1966, Nairn’s London is perhaps the most provocative, inspiring and elegantly written book on London’s architecture. After years out of print it was finally republished by Penguin just before Christmas.

On this gently paced ride, led by Charlie Holland, in central London we’ll visit a handful of the hundreds of buildings Ian Nairn wrote about in his book, listen to his words, find what (if anything) has changed, and see whether we argue over or agree with his opinion.

Expect to see buildings that you’ve passed hundreds of times but never noticed, and to find yourself looking at London in a sharper and more enquiring way.

Bring lock(s) and cash as we’ll drop into a pub or two en-route, as Nairn surely would have done himself, and grab a sandwich for lunch.

Meet from 10.15 for a 10.30am departure at Kennington Cross outside The Doghouse pub, 293 Kennington Rd, SE11 6BY. The ride will finish back in north Lambeth by 3pm

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