Ghostsigns of Islington: bygone brands and businesses

Remnants of old advertising, for bygone brands and businesses, are today known as 'ghostsigns' and there are some good examples to be found clinging to the walls above Islington's busy streets. Most of the signs we'll look at on this two-hour walk will be the hand-painted variety, as per the example shown here which is ... Read More

Event Series Evolving Islington

Evolving Islington

In 1086 the Domesday Book reported that Islington contained just 27 households. Today its quarter-of-a-million residents live in an area that boasts world-class cultural venues but also less green space than any other London borough. The story of how Islington developed over the centuries provides many tales of social, cultural and political history. The walk ... Read More

Islington’s Lost Entertainments

For centuries, Islington has been a popular destination for pleasure seekers. On this two-hour tour we'll explore the activities and institutions that went from ubiquity to obscurity as London changed around them. We'll uncover Islington's time as a land of pastoral excess; the antics of various rock-n'-rollers; the food; the fads; and the fights. The ... Read More

Art Deco Arsenal: sport and transport, movies and moving

A guided walk looking at a cross-section of architectural styles from the interwar years. Obviously, we'll visit Arsenal FC's iconic Highbury ground, but we'll also look at and talk about places of entertainment, companies that strived to keep up with the zeitgeist, well-proportioned residential properties and a renovation scheme that was never completed. You'll hear ... Read More

Holloway’s Heyday – The Oxford Street of the North

Discover how the Nag's Head area of Holloway Road quickly evolved from a well-to-do middle class suburb to become North London's go-to shopping district, offering the best selection of well-known brands, impressive independent outlets, beautiful restaurants and top-end entertainment, all accessed by excellent wide roads and frequent rail services. The evidence is all around us. ... Read More

Look At The Estate We’re In – philanthropy and social housing

This architectural appreciation tour showcases a variety of well-designed social housing developments in the Upper Street area. We'll visit impressive Victorian, Edwardian and pre-WWII dwellings made possible by innovative benefactors and independent housing trusts. These we'll compare with early London County Council estates and Islington council's more recent schemes. It's a delightful route that always ... 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

Monasteries, Martyrs, Murder & Meat

From St Paul's via Greyfriars & Old Bailey to Smithfield, St Bartholomew's & Charterhouse. The Priory and Hospital of St Bartholomew were founded at Smithfield 901 years ago in 1123. London has a long and dark history of martyrs, public executions, body snatchers, crime and punishment - and butchery. Hear tales of hangings and burnings; ... Read More

Event Series Evolving Islington

Evolving Islington

In 1086 the Domesday Book reported that Islington contained just 27 households. Today its quarter-of-a-million residents live in an area that boasts world-class cultural venues but also less green space than any other London borough. The story of how Islington developed over the centuries provides many tales of social, cultural and political history. The walk ... Read More

Clerkenwell: London’s First Suburb

**Book this tour for 11am on 18 May 2024 and you will be sent a discount code giving £2 off Bunhill: Barracks, Bone Yards and Baths at 2.30pm on the same day.** --------------------------------------------------------- On this circular walk from/to Farringdon Station, now one of the best connected stations in all of London, you will: • Learn ... Read More