Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate

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National Trust celebrates 1960s brutalist architecture

Routemaster bus tours led by architectural and cultural experts, aboard the National Trust’s 1962 Routemaster Coach, explore the emergence and development of Brutalism in the city.

Beginning at Southbank Centre with the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery and Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, the itinerary includes the ‘other’ Festival of Britain site, the Lansbury Estate, the Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road Estate, and concludes at Ernö Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower. The tour on Saturday 26 September is led by Tom Cordell, film-maker and expert on social architecture and modernism, and director of Utopia London, and Joe Watson, London Creative Director, National Trust and author of the guidebook accompanying the Brutalist Britain project.The tour on Saturday 3 October is led by Joe Kerr, Head of Critical & Historical Studies at Royal College of Art, a noted writer and broadcaster on architecture and urbanism, and a part-time London bus driver.

Event: Brutal Utopias by Routemaster
Dates: Saturday 26 September and Saturday 3 October
Times: 10.30–16.30 (17.30 for drop-off at Southbank Centre)
Tickets: £35 (adult), £30 (concession)

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