On the night of 23 June, London will host a midsummer night bike ride called Velonotte. The London Festival of Architecture invited the Velonotte team to produce the event on the first night of the Festival. The event will transform the East End into an open-air museum while architects and cultural historians like Peter Ackroyd, Richard Rogers, Ricky Burdett, Peter Murray and David Adjaye will be narrating the tour, showcasing landmarks of the rapidly changing Great Wild East — from St Paul to Hitchcock, from Dickens to Olympics, from Bolsheviks to Blitz kids, culminating in the visit of the newly built Olympic Park and a music picnic with the string orchestra of the Trinity Laban college.
The event was conceived in 2007 by Prof. Sergey Nikitin, a Moscow-based architectural historian, and brought to the world's cities by the non-profit Bureau de Velonotte/Moskultprog in partnership with leading architects, cultural commentators and local authorities (who helped organize the logistics). Velonotte events have occured in Rome (2010), New York and St Petersburg (2011). The most recent such event in Moscow in 2011 attracted more than 7,000 people.