Past Events

We’ve hosted these


Tours of Canary Wharf and Lansbury Estate, Poplar

Tours of the Olympic Park: we have hosted: UK Royal Town Planning Institute; Jan Gehl Architects; visiting groups from Adelaide, South Australia, Switzerland, Copenhagen, China, USA and more.

Open House London: Beyond the Olympic Park
Every London Open House weekend we lead our popular ‘Beyond the Olympic Park’ walk. Last year the walk began in the Queen Elizabeth Park itself and followed the River Lea to the Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Now Wash Your Hands!
A Lower Lea walk which explored the river’s central role in both supplying London with water, and removing its effluent – not always successfully….

We have supported Bow Arts Trust Open Studios, providing tours and debates


Ralph Ward spoke at the Living Maps symposium: LONDON’ S TURNING – a day conference examining the impact of change on east London’s communities since 2012

Michael Owens spoke in Shanghai in April 2017 about London’s spatial development, London’s culture and creative economy, development and government policy in UK northern cities

In 2014, we hosted the LUV Balfron Season Soirees, a season of dinner debates on the transformation (or not ?) of east London which took place on the 24th floor of Goldfinger’s famous and much-loved tower in Poplar. We encouraged contested views of the process of change in the Tower Block and the neighbourhood.

We also  contributed to the London Festival of Architecture International Showcase and the Balfron Season, delivering debates, tours of Poplar and more in and around the Balfron Tower.


We’ve also hosted these

A visit by Professor Zhu of the Chinese Leadership Academy, Pudong, Shanghai  who is working on a comparative study between London and Shanghai as ‘Creative Cities’. Our collaboration will continue in 2015.

The Frederiksburg Municipality Copenhagen Planning/Design Office field trip to Stratford and Tech City.

A workshop and a walking tour for postgraduate students from University of Southern California.

A walk from Stratford City to Canary Wharf’ titled ‘Penetrating the Impenetrable’ –  via  Abbey Mills, Three Mills, River Lea and Poplar, with a stop to enjoy the view of the route from the top floor of the Balfron Tower.

An event for the London Society at our Urban Room in Balfron Tower.

Gehl Architects from Copenhagen, study visit to Stratford and Olympic Park

We have hosted French postgraduates from Paris, Toulouse and Lyon at the Ecole Commerce Europenne  in Marylebone.

Ralph Ward hosted a tour of east London for a visiting group from Wisconsin

Michael Owens collaborated with FIT CITY  to deliver the Architecture Association’s Night School run tours led by FIT CITY and LUV, exploring historic and contemporary development around Bloomsbury and beyond.

Examples of our current work


Michael delivers study abroad programmes via ACCENT London for university students from University of Southern California snd from the University of California Group.

Ralph Ward and Michael Owens are visiting lecturers. We specialise in London’s History, Economy, Culture and Development.

Ralph Ward’s work as a Visiting Professor with University of East London continues. Ralph has shared in the organisation of the University of East London Seminar Series: Beyond 2012 – the Olympics and the Regeneration of East London

Michael Owens is a member of the the GLA ‘Open Workspace Providers Board’.