Take A Tour Of London’s Derelict Sites

A derelict museum in the East End, which may or may not be on the tours. Image by M@.

A derelict museum in the East End, which may or may not be on the tours. Image by M@.

It’s perhaps not a brief that’ll appeal to everyone, but throughout the summer you’ve an opportunity to join a guided walk around the abandoned, crumbling and derelict buildings of London.

The walks coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Derelict London website, which has proved so popular it also spawned a book of the same name. The tours will be led by the site’s owner and champion of forsaken buildings, Paul Talling.

Highlights include the “decaying premises of sail makers Caird & Rayner and the art deco Poplar Baths. Other sites include the remains of St Saviour’s Church which survived the Blitz but not a recent fire, and the Limehouse Accumulator tower built in 1869 for regulating one of the first hydraulic power systems”.

Paul’s also throwing in some additional tours of London’s lost rivers, a subject he’s also published a book on. Here are your options:

  • Sat 27 July, 11am, River Fleet (Blackfriars to St Pancras)
  • Sat 27 July, 3pm, Hampstead’s Lost Rivers (Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne)
  • Sat 17 Aug, 1pm, Derelict London tour of Limehouse and Poplar
  • Sat 24 Aug, 11 am, River Fleet (Blackfriars to St Pancras)
  • Sat 24 Aug, 3pm, Hampstead’s Lost Rivers (Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne)
  • Sat 31 Aug, 1pm, London Docks (Wapping)
  • Sun 1 Sept, 1pm, Grand Surrey Canal (Peckham to Rotherhithe)
  • Sat 7 Sept, 1pm, Derelict London tour of Limehouse and Poplar

Tickets are already selling fast, and can be purchased for £9 here.

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  • Minimonster von Meow

    7th Sept is a Saturday, pls confirm the date

  • Lemon

    Hey! are there more tours in this month?:D