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)

A Dickens of a City

Sat, 16 Dec

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Explore the London of Charles Dickens, a city in transition. You are accompanied by readings from his novels – the authentic voice of London.

Behind the Magic Curtain

Sun, 17 Dec

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: The story of London’s Theatreland and of how it has contributed to the development of performance – as told by its playhouses and personalities.

Behind the Magic Curtain

Fri, 29 Dec

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: The story of London’s Theatreland and of how it has contributed to the development of performance – as told by its playhouses and personalities.

The Battle for Bethnal Green

Sat, 6 Jan

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.

Bethnal Green in So Many Words

Sun, 7 Jan

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.

A Question of Supremacy

Sat, 13 Jan

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: When Henry VIII made himself Supreme Head of the English church, it caused individual conscience to smack against the stone wall of political expediency. This tour explores sites connected with those troubled times.

Much Ado About Trading

Sun, 14 Jan

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: This tour explores aspects of trade in Shakespeare’s London and how it provided valuable material to him and to his fellow dramatists

Rumpole and the Legal Life

Sat, 20 Jan

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

A Dickens of a City

Sun, 21 Jan

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Explore the London of Charles Dickens, a city in transition. You are accompanied by readings from his novels – the authentic voice of London.

Engineering Change

Sun, 28 Jan

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.

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