Open House Festival

Walking around Ermine Street, Spitalfields



Brushfield Street (opposite Hotel Chocolate), E1 6AA

How can architecture help us to understand a world in flux? We can use buildings as markers of change, seeing the impact of global economic shifts on local streets, the rise and fall of public housing, and the march of 'gentrification'.

Getting there


Liverpool Street


Shoreditch High Street



About the tour and guide

Starting in what was an ancient Roman burial ground in Spitalfields, we wind around the old Roman Route of Ermine Street. Looking up from the street, we use architecture, images and readings to illustrate changes in local economies, housing, transport, and the impact of gentrification. We also look at symbolism and codes written in stone: if buildings could talk, what would they say?

Guide: Ian Kernohan has been a London resident for over 25 years and has a post-graduate diploma in architectural history from Birkbeck College.

"The journey itself was a visual feast, with lots of great architecture , landscape, street art and even a Banksy!" feedback from 2022 tour.

Golden Key Academy

This tour is led by an alumnus of Open City’s Golden Key Academy – a course training up insightful and engaging guides dedicated to explaining London and bringing its many stories to life.

Further info on the Golden Key Academy can be found here

Tour meeting point:

Meet by the 'I Goat' sculpture on Brushfield St
Brushfield Street (opposite Hotel Chocolate)
E1 6AA


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