Canonbury Tower Tour

Canonbury Tower was built in the late 16th century and is a rare survivor of Tudor domestic architecture in London. The Tower was added onto a manor house built in the early 1500s as the country retreat of the Canons of St Bartholomew's Priory in Smithfield. On this 90-minute tour you'll see the existing Tudor ... Read More

The Elephants Have Escaped – Oh What a Circus!

Retrace the path of two Victorian circus elephants who, in 1884, ran through the streets of Dartmouth Park, ending trapped but unharmed in an N19 front garden near Archway. It’s a delightful route starting near Parliament Hill Fields and ending between Archway and Tufnell Park stations. We will take time to admire what the elephants ... Read More

Canonbury Tower Tour

Canonbury Tower was built in the late 16th century and is a rare survivor of Tudor domestic architecture in London. The Tower was added onto a manor house built in the early 1500s as the country retreat of the Canons of St Bartholomew's Priory in Smithfield. On this 90-minute tour you'll see the existing Tudor ... Read More

Event Series Cultural Clerkenwell

Cultural Clerkenwell

Since the middle-ages, when religious pageants were held on the banks of the River Fleet and entertainers performed at the annual Bartholomew’s Fair, Clerkenwell has been a part of London steeped in cultural history. Theatre, literature, music, film, architecture, food, sculpture and visual art spanning the last 900 years are all covered as we wander ... Read More

Islington’s Big Screens

A stroll through more than 100 years of Islington cinema-going; all between Angel and Essex Road stations. You’’ll encounter Victorian showmen, architectural wonders and tales of bad behaviour in the stalls. Come to discover hidden gems and hear what a night ‘at the flicks’ was like decades before multiplexes. In addition to such landmarks as ... Read More

All Around the Houses (Essex Road to Regent’s Canal)

Part of the proceeds from this walk will support the Arlington Association's fund-raising for local charities and to maintain Arlington Square’s garden. --------------------------------------- Keep it to yourself, but the streets between Essex Road and the Regent's Canal form one of Islington's hidden pockets of tranquility and beauty. See a microcosm of Islington's history, heritage and ... Read More

Clerkenwell: London’s First Suburb

Monks, nuns, courthouses, rookeries, radicals, distillers, pubs, crafts, trades and architecture On this circular walk from/to Farringdon Station, now one of the best connected stations in all of London, you will: • Learn about Clerkenwell's Norman and medieval monastic heritage. • Discover Clerkenwell's tradition for radicalism, dissent and protest. • Understand its growth from rural ... Read More

Up and Down Upper Street

Islington, now the most densely populated London borough, was for centuries famed for its pastures, dairies, fresh water wells and pleasure gardens. Today, this inner urban borough offers an eclectic range of modern shops, restaurants, theatres, pubs and cafes, but its history remains there, hidden in plain sight. At the heart of Islington is Upper ... Read More