Open House winners enjoy Arriva London’s Open City Architour

  
  

There were over 8,500 entrants for the Open House ballot to compete for 40 places on the Arriva London/Open City architectural mystery whirlwind tour last weekend, and what a tour it was.

Joe Kerr, architectural historian, lecturer at the Royal College of Art and bus driver with Arriva London, accompanied by Maxine as conductor, took winners on an afternoon tour of some of London’s most fascinating buildings.

The tour started at Chandos House, one of the finest surviving Adam houses, built in 1771 and first occupied by the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos. The ornate ceilings and decorations are a beautiful part of a building that when first opened was ‘The’ number one house to be seen at in London.

Joe then introduced the guests to what he defined as the sixth venue of architectural interest, the Arriva Heritage Fleet Routemaster bus RM 2217. As Joe explained this was the very last Routemaster run in commercial service on route 159 in late 2005.

Once everyone was safely on board, Joe drove the bus down to the Aldwych and parked on a bus stand by Australia house, followed by a short walk into the City of London to Middle Temple. At 101 feet long and 41 feet wide, with double hammerbeam roof, amazing wooden carved partitions, wall decorations and notable paintings, it is London’s finest surviving Elizabethan Hall.

The next ride on the bus was back northwards to Old St Pancras Church, believed to have been established circa the 4th century AD on the site of a Roman Temple. The graveyard has some fascinating history, including the tomb stone of Mary Wollestonecraft the author of ‘A vindication of the Rights of Woman’ who was also the mother of Mary Shelley who wrote ‘Frankenstein’.

Also in the graveyard is the monument to Sir John Soane; this allegedly became the inspiration more than 100 years later, for the design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott of the iconic London telephone box.

From St Pancras, the tour moved on to the Royal College of General Practitioners, a grade 2 listed building designed by Arthur Beresford Pite.

Recently restored to showcase the magnificent Edwardian faiencing tile work, it also has the addition of modern hospitality and training facilities and an extended roof terrace and garden. The etched glass floors are of particular interest.

The sixth venue (RM 2217) then transported everyone to the fifth venue, the Royal College of Physicians, which is grade 1 listed and one of London’s most important post war buildings. Here everyone was treated to a personalised tour of the dramatic interiors and a view of the white mosaic exterior elevated on piloti.

Sadly this was the end of the four hour tour, and where the Routemaster set off to return to its home at Arriva’s Norwood garage in South London.

If you would like to know more about any of the venues mentioned in this article, please follow the links provided below. Arriva London are proud to be associated with Open House and the Open City Architour, and look forward to being involved on the next tour in 2015.

If you would like to see more images of the tour, then please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/OfficialArrivaLondon.

Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet - www.theheritagefleet.com

Chandos House - www.chandoshouse.co.uk

Middle Temple - middletemplehall.org.uk

St Pancras Old Church - www.sosstpancras.org

Royal College of General Practitioners - www.rcgp.org.uk

Royal College of Physicians - www.rcplondon.ac.uk/museum-and- garden/architecture-and-buildings/lasdun-building

  
  

Tags:   News
Published : Fri 26th Sep. 2014
Related archived articles
Published : Thu 7th Apr. 2016 - Thu 12th May. 2016
 
Arriva London’s Brixton garage holds Travel training day

In line with other Arriva London garages across London who hold travel training days for people with disabilities, Brixton garage in South London held its first Travel training day last week.

Arriva London starts new route 368 service

Last October, Arriva London was awarded the contract to run route 368 from Barking, Harts Lane Estate, to Wangey Road in Chadwell Heath, for five years starting from the 30th April 2016.

Arriva London staff win prestigious M.A.D awards

The M.A.D (Making a Difference) awards are an annual national event in Arriva’s calendar. The idea is to recognise members of staff that are passionate in what they do, and regularly go the extra mile to provide the best possible customer experience, whether an engineer, a member of the support staff or a driver.

Arriva London hosts disability awareness discussion in Dartford

Arriva London’s Dartford garage was recently the venue for a continuation of a TfL initiative, inviting disability awareness groups to Arriva London garages, for open discussions about the difficulties of travelling on London buses for people with disabilities.

Arriva London Engineering assists in trial to turn older diesel engine powered buses green.

A new idea to turn older diesel engine buses into much more environmentally friendly vehicles has been developed. The basic idea behind the unit, is that the old diesel unit that currently drives the wheels is removed, and a retrofit diesel/electric hybrid is fitted.

Arriva London staff making wishes come true
Phil presents Jeremy with the 346 blind
Phil presents Jeremy with the 346 blind

Arriva London is always happy to try and accommodate our customers’ requirements, so we were delighted to receive this thank you note from ten-year-old Jeremy, following his visit with his parents to Arriva’s Grays garage yesterday.

 

Please wait...

 

Delivered by CSN MCL / All content copyright © 2007 - 2017 original copyright holders, except where individually stated. All rights reserved. E&OE.