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OXFORD STREET – Architecture, Spectacle and the Condemned (280517)
Sun 28 May 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 BST
Oxford Street is one of the most architecturally outstanding streets in Europe. Few spaces in London can rival it for its sheer variety and vitality. While seasoned natives and canny visitors alike scrum down to take on the crowds, dodge buses or do everything they can to avoid the place, those that submit, pause and look up are rewarded with a spectacular parade of neo-classical and baroque palaces, renaissance jewel boxes, art deco monuments, modernist icons and showy obscurities.
Beneath the modern day tulmult of shopping and frenzied, lies one of London's ancient highways, a vital artery that over centuries has witnessed travellers, performers, drovers and traders of all kinds, but also the processions of the condemned leading and cheering their way to the city's chief public gallows at Tyburn.
Weaving a course on and off the main strip, this walk charts the evolution of Oxford Street from condemned highway to retail behemoth through its most spectacular buildings, the landscapes around them and the developments and innovations that have been central to its transformation.
DEPARTS - New Oxford Street at junction with Shaftsbury Avenue, opposite Bloomsbury Tavern
A walk led by The London Ambler - Mike Althorpe