The Bartlett School of Architecture


The London Journey

11 September 2018, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

blindfolded participants sat on chairs smelling foods

A curated piece of experiential and sensory theatre developed and delivered by Community Centred Knowledge.

Event Information

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


UCL at Here East

About the event

This event has been adapted to incorporate The Food Journey and The London Journey.

This event explores what futures we can imagine together for cities and citizens through the lens of foods that have shaped London and the globe. The London Journey takes participants on an exploration of the history, culture and sensory environment which surround the movement of the materials, which, as commodities (foods and other natural materials) have flowed between its global ports and its local retailers. We explore the movement of people within and across its shifting boundaries and the changes in culture that have accompanied these migrations.

The original journeys – involving trade, trafficking and trauma – converted the produce of nature into commodities. This transformed produce from being ingrained parts of the cultural and social heritage of indigenous people into the raw materials of industrialisation. These journeys also reshaped the politics, culture and architecture of cities and the countryside alike.

What to expect

This experience led by Community Centred Knowledge invites participants into a designed space that resonates with elements of city life through a host of symbols. In this space, participants don blindfolds and are treated to an evocative, sensory experience in which they are regaled by tastes, touch, sound and smells to transport them back into the food histories of many common and uncommon foods and non-foods that make up our everyday lives. 

This is followed by a period of reflection and discussion in which people are encouraged to make sense of the food and social systems they inhabit and link these to the journeys of food. The active immersion lasts 45 minutes, followed by a discussion period of one hour. You will have some time in between to collect your thoughts and reflect upon the journey.


This event is now fully booked.