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,  Union Chapel and Canonbury Tower

NEWS :   Our former chair, John Finn has written a pamphlet about the 30 year history of our organisation. To read it visit the About Us section of this website.

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


27mar11:0012:30Art Deco Arsenal – architectural statements of the 1930s11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

27mar14:0015:30Art Deco Holloway – architectural delights of the 1930s14:00 – 15:30 Guide: Jane Parker

27mar17:0018:30Lyrics and Limericks, Fantasy and Fraud17:00 – 18:30

30mar11:0012:30Look At The Estate We’re In – philanthropy and social housing11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker


04apr11:0013:00Waterways, Wharves and Windmills11:00 – 13:00 Guide: Jane Parker

06apr11:0012:30Gangsters, Gelato & GaribaldiThe story of Clerkenwell’s Italian Community11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Karen Lansdown

09apr11:0012:30Creative Inspiration in N1Inspirational Creatives & Crafty Opportunities 11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Jane Parker

09apr15:0016:30Boxes, Babies, Beans and Bras15:00 – 16:30 Guide: Jane Parker

13apr11:0012:30Green and Pleasant Islington11:00 – 12:30

29apr11:0012:30Journey to Justice – Islington’s Activists11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Oonagh Gay


11may14:0015:30Funny Islington14:00 – 15:30 Guide: George Baddeley

19may11:0012:30Inspiring Islington: How local activists made a difference11:00 – 12:30 Guide: Susan Hahn

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.