What does the London Ear hear? What is it listening for?
Join us on a two mile sonic stroll through the City of London on a Sunday morning. From church bells to road crossings, we’ll turn an inquisitive ear to the noises that control, affect and define us. We’ll tune into sounds of the past, like the birdsong that triggered a bucolic hallucination and the metallic rasp that inspired a street name. And we’ll investigate how London’s soundscape is changing today as we echolocate through back alleys and round skyscrapers.
The London Ear is led by Rosie Oliver. Listen to Rosie introduce the walk.
Such a great tour this Sunday w/ @dotmakertours! Informative, engaging, but most important fun 🙂 #TheLondonEar
Bells, code, poetry, architecture – the London Ear tour by @dotmakertours, history of the City via sound. LOVED IT!
What to expect
The London Ear guided walk explores the City of London past, present and future, through sounds and listening. Tour goers will:
- • explore the area between St Paul’s Cathedral and Liverpool Street Station, with its ancient streets, hidden back alleys and futuristic skyscrapers
- • take time to really listen to the sounds of the City
- • find out about past sounds that have characterized the area, and what they mean
- • hear about how London’s soundscape is designed and managed, and ways that it is changing.
Scheduled public walks
2017: Sunday 19 March, 14 May, 2 July, 20 August, 24 September, 8 October & 12 November.
2018: Sunday 15 April, 10 June, 7 October and 11 November.
Meet: 11am outside St Paul’s tube station (exit 2), by Caffe Nero on Panyer Alley.
End: Around 1.15pm, near Liverpool Street station.
Suitable for: adults.
Tickets: £15 adults; £12 over 65s and full-time students with proof of status. Price includes a noisy snack. Booking essential, whether you wish to buy tickets or redeem gift vouchers.