The Mayor of Islington's Official Guides

Fascinating walks in Clerkenwell and Islington

Walks or talks for groups, schools, special occasions or business events

Tours of St John’s Gate, the Charterhouse,  Caledonian Clock Tower, Union Chapel and Canonbury Tower

NEWS : From Saturday 8th June 2019 we will be leading tours up the newly restored Caledonian Clock Tower and around the park. See Site Tours for more information and booking.

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Some forthcoming public walks – for all our walks please visit our walks


16jun11:0012:30Ghostsigns of Holloway – hand-painted history on the walls of N711:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

16jun16:0017:30Showmen, strength and speed – the Angel’s ancient Inns16:00 – 17:30 Guide: Jane Parker

17jun18:0019:30Coming to London: Refugee Stories from IslingtonDiscover the stories of refugees to Islington from the 17th – 21st Centuries18:00 – 19:30 Guide: Susan Hahn

18jun10:3011:30Tour of Union Chapel10:30 – 11:30 Guide: An Islington Guided Walks Guide

19jun16:0017:30The Only Way is Essex Road16:00 – 17:30 Guide: Jane Parker

20jun18:3020:00The Oxford Street Of The North – Holloway’s Victorian Heyday18:30 – 20:00 Guide: Jane Parker

22jun11:0012:30The Diary of a Nobody – Mr Pooter’s Victorian Holloway11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

22jun16:0018:00Waterways, Wharves and Windmills16:00 – 18:00 Guide: Jane Parker

24jun11:0012:30Art Deco Arsenal – architectural statements of the 1930s11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

24jun14:3016:00Art Deco Holloway – architectural delights of the 1930s14:30 – 16:00 Guide: Jane Parker

26jun11:0012:30Canonbury Tower Tour11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Joanna Moncrieff

26jun18:3020:00Ghostsigns of Islington – the writing’s on the wall18:30 – 20:00 Guide: Jane Parker

29jun11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through the LGBT history of Kings CrossDiscover the LGBT history of Kings Cross11:00 – 12:30 Guide: An Islington Guided Walks Guide

30jun15:0016:301930s Art Deco architecture in Finsbury and Shoreditch15:00 – 16:30 Guide: Jane Parker


01jul18:3020:00Look At The Estate We’re In – philanthropy and social housing18:30 – 20:00 Guide: Jane Parker

06jul11:0012:30A Clerkenwell Literary Trail (Islington Literary Road Map – South)Discover Clerkenwell’s literary connections11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jen Pedler

06jul11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through Holloway’s LGBT HistoryDiscover Holloway’s LGBT history11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jiff Bayliss

07jul11:0012:30Green and Pleasant Islington11:00 – 12:30

08jul14:0015:30Funny Islington14:00 – 15:30 Guide: George Baddeley

08jul18:3020:00Boxes, Babies, Beans and Bras18:30 – 20:00 Guide: Jane Parker

11jul11:0012:30The Only Way is Essex Road11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

11jul18:3020:30Waterways, Wharves and Windmills18:30 – 20:30 Guide: Jane Parker

12jul14:0015:30Canonbury Tower Tour14:00 – 15:30 Guide: Oonagh Gay

13jul11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through Holloway’s LGBT HistoryDiscover Holloway’s LGBT history11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jiff Bayliss

20jul11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through Holloway’s LGBT HistoryDiscover Holloway’s LGBT history11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Karen Lansdown

24jul11:0012:30Canonbury Tower Tour11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Mary Bond

28jul11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through Holloway’s LGBT HistoryDiscover Holloway’s LGBT history11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Karen Lansdown

30jul10:3012:30Waterways, Wharves and Windmills10:30 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker


03aug11:0012:30Islington’s Pride – A guided walk through Clerkenwell’s LGBT historyDiscover Clerkenwell’s LGBT history11:00 – 12:30 Guide: An Islington Guided Walks Guide

When you book  a tour you are making a contract with the individual guide and not Islington Guided Walks.  Contact the guide if you want to know more about the walk. 

What our clients say about us

I’ve joined two of the Association’s walks, one on Islington’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War and another on Activism in Islington in the 70s and 80s. Both walks were excellent; well researched; expertly led; and a wealth of local information relating to the topics. I would recommend the Association’s guided walks to anyone.

JB on  Tripadvisor

Had a very enjoyable guided walk in Islington today visiting places associated with artists who once lived in the area and painted local landmarks. Knowledgeable and friendly guide who shared many amusing anecdotes about former inhabitants of this fascinating part of London. An informative and fun walk. Will definitely book with them again.

I had the fantastic opportunity to take a tour of Canonbury Tower with an excellent guide. She was very welcoming, knowledgeable and smart. I was so impressed by this tour and guide that I look forward to participating in other tours.