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)

Behind the Magic Curtain

Sun, 30 Apr

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 Unquiet City

Sat, 6 May

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: This tour takes in nearly 2,000 years of unrest: from Roman times the City has been a target for rebellion and revolt for groups with very different objectives.

The Dark Side of the Green

Sun, 7 May

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.

A Helping Hand

Sat, 13 May

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: A telephone, a bridge and a terrorist bomb have all been unlikely foundations for many enterprises which have sought to improve life in the City and beyond.

To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

Sun, 14 May

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: Come visit sites connected with judicial punishment; hear tales of a pickpocket prostitute and a she-wolf, of domestic abuse and the trade in human corpses.

The Ripper Enigma

Sun, 21 May

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.

Death and the City

Sat, 27 May

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.

Law and Order EC

Sun, 28 May

Your guide: David Charnick
Description: This tour explores how the relationship between the City of London and the due processes of law and order has developed because of the City’s unique nature.

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