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Emily Thornberry’s Sunday afternoon political ride

Between Wednesday July 2 and Sunday July 6, four London Festival of Architecture cycle tours took place across London covering Kensington and Chelsea, CanaryWharf, the Docklands and much more in between.


The rides had attendees as young as nine years old and with a fantastic mix of personalities leading the rides there was something for everyone.

The rides were:

Wayne Hemingway’s tour of London’s public back gardens, which was briefly joined by Boris Johnson,

Fred Manson’s consideration of Ken Livingstone’s 100 Open Spaces,

Professor Ricky Burdett’s rediscovery of the public realm,

Emily Thornberry’s Sunday afternoon political ride.

Despite the afternoon’s downpours, Emily’s ride avoided the showers and spent three dry hours exploring public space in politics between Hyde Park and Smithfield.

“Leading the cycle tour was a refreshing addition to my hectic schedule and being Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling group, I am an enthusiastic cyclist,” she said. “The 20 participants and marshals contributed to lively debates particularly at Parliament and

Trafalgar Square

and it was a very enjoyable afternoon for us all.”

Now entering the final phase, with just under two weeks to go, there are still more cycle tours taking place during the weekends and on Thursday evenings. The two Refreshed Places tours, led by Andrew Scoones, are the weekday highlights and will examine a hugely varied range of concrete architecture across Southwark and the City. Places are still available for tomorrow’s ride as well as that taking place on July 17. 

Coming up this weekend on July 13, Cultural Shift will provide a four hour cycle tour of some of London’s best arts buildings and will be led by Katy Marks of Haworth Tompkins and Ian Taylor of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Although tickets are sold out some may be available to those who show up on the day.

“This ride will give people a unique opportunity to see inside arts buildings which are normally off limits to the public, such as Antony Gormley’s studio in King’s Cross by David Chipperfield, which Antony has very generously agreed to let us look around,” said Ian.


Following this, on July 20, the ‘Fit for Purpose Tour’ has secured unique access to a range of London’s sports facilities and will finish with a visit to Herne Hill Velodrome. Places are still available for this tour and to sign up for it or any of the others for which tickets are available visit