Onoffice bike tour with Peter Murray and tokyobike
In the 19th century, Hatton Garden was populated by Italians working as organ grinders, ice creamers and glass blowers. For the past 100 years, it has been the centre of London’s diamond trade.
18th-century Clerkenwell was notorious for drunken crime, more often than not fuelled by cheap gin. One of the most famous brands was Booth’s on Turnmill Street.
Clerkenwell Workshops, Clerkenwell Close
Clerkenwell Workshops are home to a cross-section of businesses, from the makers and craftsmen of yesteryear to cutting-edge digital companies of the new economy.
Formerly a Victorian boarding school, the listed building is now a hub where professional and trainee jewellers, goldsmiths, silversmiths meet, learn and work
Morelands is best known as the headquarters of award-winning architect AHMM, which helped transformed the building into a home for smaller architectural and design studios.
A Clerkenwell institution, the Wyvern bookbinder is a direct link to the historic trades of London. The spellbooks for the Harry Potter films were created here.
When: 11:00-12.30, daily; second tour to begin straight after the first on 20 and 21 May
Where: St John’s Square
tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka. The name was derived from the design of the bikes. In the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo. Smaller 650mm wheels and slim, compact, steel frames make the bikes easy to handle and light to ride. Based on the concept of 'Tokyo Slow', tokyobike believe it's as much about the journey as the destination.
The company is still based in Tokyo but the stores can be found in an increasing number of cultural cities around the world. The London branch hosts a shop in shop by Momosan shop as well as regular events and collaborations.