David Charnick

David.charnick@footprintsoflondon.com Phone: 07982 132231

David is a qualified City of London guide who was born in Bethnal Green, East London, in 1964 and has never seen any reason to move out. His speciality is hunting out London’s unregarded nooks and crannies which are just waiting to tell their stories to those who pass them by. A medievalist by training, he also has a healthy interest in crime and in philanthropy, the two sides of humanity displayed dramatically in London’s story, as well as an interest in London fiction.

Though he guides in the City, David is engaged actively in developing guiding in his native Tower Hamlets. He is a tutor for the Walkie Talkie adult education course, which gives an introduction to guiding in the borough, and is involved in the Tower Hamlets Walkshop, a workshop project which is at the heart of the guiding initiative in Tower Hamlets. He is also the author of ‘Death and the City‘, a collection of twelve stories exploring London’s past and present through its relationship to death and the dead. More details can be found on his website http://charnowalks.co.uk/.

 Portfolio Includes:

  • A Helping Hand – a celebration of charitable and related enterprises in the City
  • Before the Make-Over – a journey into the pre-Fire City, tuning in to echoes of Plantagenet and Tudor London
  • Law and Order EC – an exploration of the City’s unique role in the enforcement of law and order
  • To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime – sites in the City associated with the problematic issue of judicial punishment
  • Engineering Change – revealing how engineering ventures both helped and helped shape the City and London in general
  • The Battle for Bethnal Green – an exploration of how semi-rural Bethnal Green met the challenges of the new Metropolis
  • The Dark Side of the Green – chapters in Bethnal Green’s criminal history, and their context in the world of law and order
  • Looking for Clues – a tour that reveals the stories behind otherwise unheeded clues in Mile End Old Town and Bethnal Green
  • Tidemarks from the Pool – a voyage to discover the heritage of maritime trade east of the Tower of London
  • Behind the Magic Curtain – Theatreland’s story from the Restoration of 1660, told through its theatres
  • Of Commonwealths and Kings – a consideration of Westminster as seat of government and as the creation of the monarchy

Feedback from Clients includes:

  • “Future visitors would be well advised to hire Mr Charnick’s talents to enrich their knowledge about this fascinating town, with or without fog” (NB, New York)
  •  “I have brought friends and family members on a couple of Dave’s walks and every single person told me afterwards (when we were speaking alone) that they enjoyed the walks very much” (DW, Theydon Bois)
  • “The level of knowledge on Charnowalks feels much deeper than on other walks I have been on” (MJ, Cambridge)
  • David was a fantastic guide, and we all enjoyed his numerous stories and appreciated his willingness to answer our questions” (HS, London)

Walks currently on Footprints of London:

David Charnick (guide details)

Tidemarks from the Pool

Sat, 21 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: A tour to the heart of London’s maritime trade, when the river and docks were alive with shipping and the area full of sailors ashore after months of hardship.

Death and the City

Sun, 22 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Not for the fainthearted, this is an unabashed exploration of the City’s western fringe to visit sites connected with dark tales of prison life, execution and murderous intent.

Shakespeare - Take Him for All in All

Mon, 23 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: While Shakespeare is the stuff of legend, he was in so many ways a typical Londoner. In fact, to explore the story of Shakespeare in London is to appreciate an exciting time of social advancement and international development, with London at the centre of England’s coming of age.

Bethnal Green in So Many Words

Tue, 24 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: With readings from Iain Sinclair, George Orwell and others, this tour explores the rich story of Bethnal Green, one of crime and poverty, but also one of resilience and survival. Through their words we engage with the human currents of Bethnal Green and its unique flavour.

Rumpole and the Legal Life

Wed, 25 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Follow the legal adventures of Old Bailey hack Horace Rumpole with readings from John Mortimer’s stories.

Just You Wait and See

Sat, 28 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: While the East End was facing the deprivations of the Home Front, plans were being formulated to create a brand new London. We were looking forward to blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover – just you wait and see!

Engineering Change

Sun, 29 Oct

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Mechanical, electrical and civil engineering ventures have shaped the City of London as they have helped it grow. This tour explores both familiar and unfamiliar ventures, both successes and failures.

The Battle for Bethnal Green

Sat, 4 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: When London expanded to become the world’s first Metropolis, its semi-rural suburbs were swamped. This tour examines the challenges urbanisation brought to Bethnal Green, and how they were met. In many ways, these challenges continue to be met today.

Reaching into the Abyss

Sun, 5 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: This is an exploration of Victorian philanthropy in the dark area that clung to the northeastern corner of the City, a story of the human cost of the new metropolis and of those who set themselves to help.

Tidemarks from the Pool

Sat, 11 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: A tour to the heart of London’s maritime trade, when the river and docks were alive with shipping and the area full of sailors ashore after months of hardship.

Just You Wait and See

Sun, 12 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: While the East End was facing the deprivations of the Home Front, plans were being formulated to create a brand new London. We were looking forward to blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover – just you wait and see!

The Ripper Enigma

Sat, 18 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: What really happened in 1888 when five women were murdered in the Whitechapel area and their dead bodies cruelly mutilated? Neither gore-fest nor wild speculation, this tour explores the world of these most mysterious of murders.

The Dark Side of the Green

Sun, 19 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Bethnal Green’s past is littered with dark deeds and dodgy dudes, but these are also important moments in the history of law and order in this country.

In and Out of the Aldgate

Sat, 25 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: This is a circular tour which explores the many layers in the development of Aldgate. Once the home of a guild of English knights, the area has become a borderland between the City and the East End

Bethnal Green in So Many Words

Sun, 26 Nov

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: With readings from Iain Sinclair, George Orwell and others, this tour explores the rich story of Bethnal Green, one of crime and poverty, but also one of resilience and survival. Through their words we engage with the human currents of Bethnal Green and its unique flavour.

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