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


  • Applications are now being taken for our Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guiding course starting January 2022 at the University of Westminster. Click here to find out more and apply.
  • Saturday 9th October 2021 is Local London Local Guiding Day. Join London’s local guiding associations for a day of free guided walks. See below for details about our Islington walk or click here for general information about the day. 


We are now offering a mix of virtual and on the street walks.  Street walks are limited to a total  30 people, but most of our walks will have lower limits depending on the assessment of walks.  Street walks will include social distancing and follow the latest government guidance.    Please contact us at [email protected] arrange group walks.


Current Walks


21sep19:00Virtual EventBurnings, Butchery & Black Death: a virtual tour of London's Bloody Past19:00 Guide: Tom Currie

24sep11:00Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: a walking tour of London's Bloody Past11:00 Guide: Tom Currie

25sep11:00Walking Tour - Clerkenwell's Monastic Quarter11:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks

25sep11:00From Pillar to Post11:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks

26sep11:00Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: a walking tour of London's Bloody Past11:00 Guide: Tom Currie

29sep14:00Walking Tour - Clerkenwell's Monastic Quarter14:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks


01oct11:00Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: a walking tour of London's Bloody Past11:00 Guide: Tom Currie

09oct10:00Free Local London Guiding Day WalksVisions Values and Victories10:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks

14oct18:30Meet the Guides - Introduction to our Tour Guiding Course 202218:30 Guide: Clerkenwell & Islington Guides' Association (Islington Guided Walks)

30oct11:00From Pillar to Post11:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks


27nov11:00From Pillar to Post11:00 Guide: Islington Guided Walks

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.