Past Event – A Stroll Along the South Bank with John Grindrod
Out of stock
John Grindrod led Faber Members’ first ever walking tour of Croydon when his book, Iconicon, was published in April 2022. To celebrate the launch of the paperback, he’s back, this time leading a lively stroll on the South Bank to uncover a modern history of London. From the fringes of Docklands, past the Shard, the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern to the National Theatre and Southbank Centre and the London Eye, with views of Charing Cross Station, the Barbican, Canary Wharf and the Cheese Grater along the way, this walk will tell the story of the rebuilding of Britain from 1945 to today through the capital’s modern monuments. There will be a stop en route for refreshments, and a chance to buy signed copies of Iconicon from Foyles.
Iconicon is an enthralling journey around the Britain we have created since 1980: the horrors and delights, the triumphs and failures. From space-age tower blocks to suburban business parks, and from postmodernist exuberance to Passivhaus eco-efficiency, this is at once a revelatory architectural grand tour and an endlessly witty and engaging piece of social history.
‘A love letter to contemporary buildings and a fantastic account of recent British history, rich in humour.’ NINA STIBBE
‘Brilliant, encyclopaedic, funny and often cutting.’ DANNY DORLING
‘An eloquent, witty, passionate tour of Britain since the 1980s.’ JOHN BOUGHTON
‘Recounts the stories of our lived landscapes with wit, passion and a shot of anger.’ TOM DYCKHOFF
‘Grindrod has spoken to everyone and his observations are humane and acute.’ OWEN HATHERLEY
Everything you need to know about this Faber Members event:
- Ticket holders will be informed of the exact meeting place.
- Ticket price includes a hot drink.
- The tour will finish in Foyles Royal Festival Hall, where John will sign copies of Iconicon.
- Students can buy tickets for £15. Use code Student5 in the promo box in the checkout.
A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.