Santa’s Lap: Architectural Tours Of The Thames

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Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London-inspired Christmas gift that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…

Open City are the chaps behind the annual Open House weekend. During the rest of the year, they’re busy organising architectural tours and talks to enthuse Londoners about the built environment of their city. One particularly neat way to explore the ever-changing skyline is by boat. A tour on 14 December will not only improve your appreciation of architecture, but would also make an excellent and early alternative Christmas gift for the building enthusiast in your life.

The sunset tour departs form Festival Pier. The boat first cruises up to Battersea, where the famous power station stands poised on the cusp of redevelopment. The tour then heads down river as far as Canary Wharf. Expert commentary from architect Benedict O’Looney describes the design and engineering behind some of London’s most famous landmarks. The 2.5 hour tour also includes a pay-bar with mulled wine for a seasonal treat.

Architecture on the Thames by Night Christmas special runs 14 December, 3pm, Festival Pier. Tickets are £35 each. Image by M@.

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