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National Trust 'Pop-Up' at Balfron Tower

Friday, October 17, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014
Opening Hours: 
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and leave at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Balfron Tower, St Leonard’s road, London, E14 0QT

The National Trust is delighted to announce that more tickets for the Balfron Tower are now being made available for the coming fortnight. As part of the extension, we are undertaking further work with local schools and community groups, inviting them to visit Flat 130 for free. I would like to record our special thanks to local residents for welcoming us and allowing us to extend the run.” (Joseph Watson, National Trust London)

“We are thrilled that there is an extension to this exciting project and more people will have the opportunity to experience Flat 130. I am also pleased to announce that many of the items featured in the project will be available to bid on at in the coming days, with proceeds going towards defraying the costs of the project. A donation has also been made to the local residents association.” (Wayne Hemingway, Hemingway Design)

Tickets are being released for 6 more days of tours, Friday to Sunday 17-19 and 24-26 October. Tours are on the hour, 11am to 4pm. Places on tours are ONLY available by booking in advance at

To register your interest in visiting with a local community or educational group please contact us at

For two weeks only, the National Trust is opening Flat 130 in the Balfron Tower, Poplar, to the public. Designed by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger, and finished in 1967, Flat 130 is the flat that Goldfinger himself lived in for 2 months in 1968, to prove the desirability of high-rise living.

The interior of Flat 130 has been furnished by designers, Wayne and Tilly Hemingway, in the style of a 1968 period flat.

Tours will meet at Langdon Park DLR station and pass by 1950s Festival of Britain architecture and Crisp Street Market. Tours will include a discussion on the development of post-war social housing. Tours continue to the Balfron Tower and Flat 130. They will be led by a new team of National Trust volunteers who have an interest in Modernism, social housing and the local area