Islington

Islington

Footprints of London run lots of guided walks in Clerkenwell and Islington. Our Islington walking tours are full of surprises, with tales of riot and rebellion, literary treats like walks following Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, hidden history walks that take you to tucked away alleys that have a story to tell, as well as some beautiful architecture. Walks take place all year round – here are the walks in Islington we have coming up

Islington

Modernism in Finsbury: Berthold Lubetkin and Bevin Court

Thu, 19 Oct

Your guide: Jiff Bayliss
Description: See two buildings Berthold Lubetkin designed for Finsbury Council, go inside Bevin Court and explore an area that is one of London’s late Regency gems.

Angel's Delights: Islington village: music, murders and Myddleton

Tue, 24 Oct

Your guide: Jiff Bayliss
Description: Touch on 1000 years of history in Islington, the first village north of the City of London. Hear about two dreadful murders and see where the masses were entertained and understand why the pavements are raised and the roads twist. Meet the characters – Gracie Fields, Champagne Charlie and Joe Orton.

Elizabethan Islington

Wed, 25 Oct

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: Step back in time to visit sites from Elizabethan Islington, where people dodged arrows in the Finsbury fields, queued at the Clerks Wells, and marvelled at the new class of rich and powerful moving into former religious buildings

The New River - Islington's Lost Waterway

Wed, 25 Oct

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: The New River was one of the 17th Century’s greatest feats of engineering – this walk traces its route through Islington. You’ll see some of London’s oldest industrial buildings sitting in a car park and a delightful park that is one of Islington’s best secrets

The Real London of Peaky Blinders

Thu, 2 Nov

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: Explore the mean streets of Clerkenwell thsat were run by the gangster Sabini – a real person portrayed by Noah Taylor in the tv series Peaky Blinders 

Walk Macabre - dispatching the dead in Smithfield and Finsbury

Sat, 4 Nov

Your guide: Jiff Bayliss
Description: Explore death and its management in the 2nd Millennium. Visit some of London’s most ghoulish last resting places. Robert Bard in “Graveyard London” comments that “many hundreds of generations of Londoners lie beneath the City feet without us knowing”; this walk suggests they were the lucky ones..

Clerkenwell. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.

Sun, 5 Nov

Your guide: Sean Patterson
Description: Follow social researcher Charles Booth around Clerkenwell and learn about London’s sausage king

Clerkenwell: Penitence, Pestilence and Prisoners

Tue, 7 Nov

Your guide: Jiff Bayliss
Description: See the remnants of Clerkenwell’s pious and pestilent medieval past and where C18th radicals preached and were imprisoned. Understand how one of the City of London’s oldest suburbs developed over the second millennium firstly through penitence and then industrialisation.

Six Islington Squares

Wed, 8 Nov

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: A look at the domestic architecture of 19th century Islington. Six squares, all very different, all representing an early example of a great British invention – suburbia

Modernism in Finsbury: Berthold Lubetkin and Bevin Court

Sat, 11 Nov

Your guide: Jiff Bayliss
Description: See two buildings Berthold Lubetkin designed for Finsbury Council, go inside Bevin Court and explore an area that is one of London’s late Regency gems.

An Artful History of EC1

Thu, 16 Nov

Your guide: Jen Pedler
Description: Murals, mosaics, street art, sculpture, typography, poetry, painting, architecture. On this walk we’ll see how art, in many different forms, tells the story of the community in this area from the eighteenth century to the present day.

A Victorian Christmas in Islington

Wed, 6 Dec

Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: This walk looks at how the Victorian’s celebrated Christmas in Islington – from Currant Cake at Thomas’s bakers to lunch with the Boot Black Brigade

 

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