Michael Owens and Ralph Ward of London Urban Visits will lead exploratory walks from Royal Albert Wharf around its nearby places. This walk will appeal new residents at Royal Albert Wharf getting to know their neighbourhood, curious outsiders, urban explorers of all kinds, storytellers, people who enjoy a good tale told and those who like poking about in London’s unrevealed corners.
Royal Albert Wharf in Royal Docks is London’s historic point of global connection and now a place of arrival for residents and businesses. In the future, how will we remember the journeys we plan and make today? Our two-hour Safari will explore the traces and echoes of journeys past embedded in the connections, barriers, curiosities and wonders of the present. During the walk, Ralph Ward will cast his mind back 30 years and recall the early plans of the London Docklands Development Corporation and reflect on how the plans compare with the evolution of the Royal Docks in reality.
We will take the perspective from the east of the Dock, the point of London’s trading connection with the world. We will draw on multiple recollections, from memories of the many plans we made for Royal Albert Wharf, past dreams of London’s eastward expansion, through to memories embedded in architectural relics. We will ask: how do memories shape the future of this neighbourhood, standing as it does at the east of the Royal Docks, into the Thames, and at the landing of a future Thames crossing?