Tours

We add new tours almost daily. Our talented and qualified guides provide a variety of tours that cover a wide range of subjects. You can also choose your own date and time for any of the tours you see on our website by booking it as a private tour

Islington

The Oxford Street Of The North - Holloway's Victorian Heyday
Thu, 20 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Travel back in time to the late Victorian era when the Nag’s Head of Holloway rivalled the Central London for shopping and entertainment. Hear about tea rooms, banqueting halls, palatial variety theatres, unusual transport and the early labyrinthine department stores.
The Diary of a Nobody - Mr Pooter's Victorian Holloway
Sat, 22 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: This walk brings the Grossmiths' satirical spoof diary to life. You’ll visit real places and hear about real people of that era whilst listening to amusing excerpts from Mr Pooter's diary. You don't need to have already read the book to enjoy this tour, but you’ll want to afterwards.
Waterways, Wharves and Windmills
Sat, 22 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Take a stroll along and above the Regent's Canal following the boundary between Islington and Hackney. Hear about this waterway's rich history and marvel at how much has changed. Learn about boats and boxes, warehouses and factories, rubber and metal, fancy goods and pleasure gardens.
Art Deco Arsenal - architectural statements of the 1930s
Mon, 24 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Let's look at some stylish and statement buildings in N4 and N5 to see how local businesses as well as places of entertainment, sport and transport applied the clean lines and design devices of the ArtDeco/modernist era. We’ll also see how this movement has continued to inspire today’s architects.
Art Deco Holloway – architectural delights of the 1930s
Mon, 24 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: On this walk we'll look at some marvellous 'statement' architecture constructed in the 1920s and 1930s during a design period known as Art Deco. Examples of this style are hiding in plain view almost at every junction of Holloway N7 on commercial buildings, places of entertainment and housing.
Ghostsigns of Islington – the writing's on the wall
Wed, 26 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Hear the stories behind the old hand-painted ads for bygone brands and businesses still visible today as ‘ghostsigns’ on the walls above and around Upper St and Angel Islington. Make walking a pleasure as you learn about local history, Victorian vegans, toys, taverns and bogus potions.
1930s Art Deco architecture in Shoreditch and Hoxton
Sun, 30 Jun
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Come and see the clean lines of the Jazz Age applied in various ways to places of commerce, art, health, housing and entertainment. We'll also look at and compare a few modern buildings that echo the stylised designs of old.
Look At The Estate We're In – philanthropy and social housing
Mon, 1 Jul
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: A walk through some of Islington’s impressive housing estates. We'll visit Victorian dwellings and early LCC estates and compare them with recently constructed schemes. We'll talk about philanthropists, schools, churches, poverty and pride, architecture and design.
Green and Pleasant Islington
Sun, 7 Jul
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: A stroll through quiet spaces, peaceful gardens and lovely backstreets just a stone's throw from the main road. We'll visit open fields, an award-winning park, a hidden garden, farms old and new, a churchyard, sports fields and shady meadows, talking about dogs and desire, renovation and recycling.
The Only Way Is Essex Road
Thu, 11 Jul
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: A mixed bag highlighting the historical gems and varied history along the full length of this often overlooked thoroughfare. Find out about historical buildings, an innovative market, an early care home, churches, theatres, health, wealth and welfare.
Waterways, Wharves and Windmills
Thu, 11 Jul
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Take a stroll along and above the Regent's Canal following the boundary between Islington and Hackney. Hear about this waterway's rich history and marvel at how much has changed. Learn about boats and boxes, warehouses and factories, rubber and metal, fancy goods and pleasure gardens.
Clerkenwell. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.
Sat, 20 Jul
Your guide: Sean Patterson
Description: Follow social researcher Charles Booth around Clerkenwell and learn about London's sausage king
Waterways, Wharves and Windmills
Tue, 30 Jul
Your guide: Jane Parker
Description: Take a stroll along and above the Regent's Canal following the boundary between Islington and Hackney. Hear about this waterway's rich history and marvel at how much has changed. Learn about boats and boxes, warehouses and factories, rubber and metal, fancy goods and pleasure gardens.
The Real London of Peaky Blinders
Wed, 4 Sep
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 
Il Quartiere - Tales From Italian Clerkenwell
Mon, 7 Oct
Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: Stories of love, crime, bravery and friendship from Clerkenwell's Italian Community 1820-1950
Up and Down The City Road
Thu, 24 Oct
Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: Come and find out the real history behind a road many only know from a nursery rhyme
Six Islington Squares
Fri, 25 Oct
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
The Real London of Peaky Blinders
Wed, 6 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 
Paintings of Islington
Thu, 7 Nov
Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: This walk visits the locations featured in five very different paintings of Islington. Rob will talk about the paintings, the artist who made them and the history of the buildings featured in them
Paintings of Islington
Thu, 7 Nov
Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: This walk visits the locations featured in five very different paintings of Islington. Rob will talk about the paintings, the artist who made them and the history of the buildings featured in them
Il Quartiere - Tales From Italian Clerkenwell
Thu, 5 Dec
Your guide: Rob Smith
Description: Stories of love, crime, bravery and friendship from Clerkenwell's Italian Community 1820-1950
A Victorian Christmas in Islington
Wed, 18 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
Six Islington Squares
Wed, 26 Feb
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
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