Jen Pedler

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Jen is a qualified London guide and an Associate of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

She has lived in London all her adult life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. After many years spending her spare time wandering the streets searching out hidden secrets and quirky details and sharing the stories she discovered informally with friends and visitors, she decided to formalise this interest and train as a guide. She qualified as a City of Westminster guide in 2013, a Clerkenwell and Islington guide in 2015 (after all, she lives in Archway!) and finally a City of London guide in 2017.

She regularly leads walks in these areas and also further afield and enjoys sharing her love of this great city with her guests. She’s also a keen photographer and member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). In 2015 she found the ideal way to combine these two passions when the RPS London Region ran a project to photograph every street in London based on Geoff Nicholson’s novel Bleeding London. As well as taking photos for the project, Jen created a walk based on the novel and had a Charles Dickens moment when she led the author on this walk.

Jen also guides at St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell and at Islington’s Canonbury Tower. Her currently scheduled walks are shown below but she’s also available for private bookings so if you don’t see the walk you’d like to do, get in touch as she’ll be happy to tailor a walk to meet your specific requirements.

As Sherlock Holmes, who features in a couple of Jen’s literary walks, once said, “The world is full of ordinary things which no-one by any chance ever observes.” Join Jen to look at London, both the ordinary and the extraordinary, in a new way.

Walks currently on Footprints of London:

Jen Pedler (guide details)

A Moselle Mosey

Mon, 28 Aug

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: A day long walk following the course of Haringey’s hidden River Moselle from its source in Queen’s Wood Highgate to its confluence with the River Lea in Tottenham.

Beyond the Great Stink: Victoria Embankment then and now

Fri, 15 Sep

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Explore the way in which Victoria Embankment transformed London’s riverside and uncover evidence of what was there before it was built. Learn about how the Thames had degenerated into a cess-pit by the mid-nineteenth century and how Joseph Bazalgette saved London from the Great Stink.

Once there was a church

Mon, 18 Sep

Your guide: Jen Pedler

Marylebone Muses

Fri, 29 Sep

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Sherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle), Charles Dickens and the Barrett-Brownings all feature in this Marylebone literary walk with cameo appearances by a few others.

The Nether World: George Gissing's Clerkenwell

Wed, 11 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Recapture the atmosphere of slum life in 1880s Clerkenwell by following in the footsteps of the characters vividly portrayed in George Gissing’s rather bleak novel The Nether World.

Walk Wilkie's Way

Thu, 19 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Wilkie Collins led a life that was as sensational as his novels. This walk explores Marylebone where he was born and spent most of his life – places he lived and worked, the women he loved and his close friendship with Charles Dickens.

Sherlock Holmes - the Return

Thu, 26 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Explore the mews and backstreets of Marylebone following Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in The Adventure of the Empty House

Mayfair's Bright Young Things

Sat, 28 Oct

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: A literary romp round Mayfair; the playground of the Bright Young Things in the 1920s. Hear how writers including Michael Arlen, Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh portrayed the era.

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