Clere, Clair, Cleare or Clare Street…?

Uncovering the origins of this unusually named street in Shoreditch Clere Street is a turning off Tabernacle Street in Shoreditch, on the edge of the pre-1965 border between Finsbury and Shoreditch boroughs. It was previously called Paradise Street from c. 1792, then gained ‘Clere’ around 1938 when many London streets with confusing, duplicated and common … Read More

CLERKENWELL & ISLINGTON GUIDES – WALKS AND EVENTS JANUARY 2024

Welcome to the first newsletter from Clerkenwell & Islington Guides for 2024. Walks planned by our guides for the coming weeks include: EVOLVING ISLINGTON Discover how Islington developed from a rural settlement and centre for dairy farming into the diverse, bustling area it is today. In 1086 the Domesday Book reported that Islington contained just … Read More

CLERKENWELL & ISLINGTON GUIDES – A DECEMBER WALKS UPDATE

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

An Islington Angel is not just for Christmas

Islington’s most renowned region – its defining district – is the area known as Angel. Celebrated for its shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, pubs and cafes, Angel is a great venue for an outing. A particularly enjoyable time to a visit is in the build up to Christmas, although its biggest angel icon adorns the area … Read More

CANONBURY TOWER

One of London’s many delights to visit is Canonbury Tower, a rare surviving part of a grand Tudor domestic house and a pretty eccentric one at that. The building itself is an interesting curiosity and the stories about its inhabitants – real or apocryphal –  can only add to its appeal. A gunfight between Sir … Read More