We have two late entries for our list of December walks, so if you would like a break over the Christmas period, the following two walks provide excellent opportunities to get out and explore. WATERWAYS, WHARVES AND WAREHOUSES – A GUIDED WALK Today the tow path is open to all, lined with colourful houseboats, waterside … Read More

Tales from the crypt… and churchyard… of St Mary Magdalene, Holloway Road

Jennifer Watson-Bore takes a wander around the Islington’s second parish church.  As you walk down Holloway Road from Highbury Corner, you will discover the church of St Mary Magdalene, with a small part of its churchyard opposite the façade of Islington Central Library. St Mary Magdalene began life in 1814 as a chapel-of-ease for St … Read More


Welcome to the May newsletter from Clerkenwell & Islington Guides, with a range of fascinating walks and places to explore during the coming month, starting with: Caledonian Tower Tours The Caledonian Tower tours run by Islington Guided Walks on behalf of Islington Council have some additional dates this summer. Tours are now running weekly on … Read More

All aboard through the Islington tunnel!

In addition to leading walking tours in Islington our guide Chris Annus also regularly takes to the water… As a guide for the London Canal Museum I’m incredibly lucky to not only share the history of the Regent’s Canal with people but also take them through one of its atmospheric tunnels on our very own … Read More

How Islington became Caledonian

Iain Monaghan reveals how Islington acquired a Caledonian Road, two ‘Caledonian Road’ stations, the Caledonian Estate and Caledonian Park… The story of how Islington has so many places named ‘Caledonian’ can be traced back to a single, long-demolished building: the Caledonian Asylum. The Caledonian Asylum was a charitable residential school founded by wealthy Scots in … Read More