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PLEASE KEEP DROPPING IN

I am still here but do fewer walks in the winter months.  Not that I hibernate - oh no.  There is a chance to see several guides working together in late November and I am going to put up some more lunchtime walks soon.  Until then, have fun and keep warm....

October 26, 2017

Lunchtime Walks - Keeping Fit in Islington...

Instead, feed your brain and stretch your legs taking a brisk 45 minute walk exploring the area around your office. I took one of these, "Writers and Revolutionaries", this afternoon with some very nice people from Cancer Research. Plesae come along - details of the walks are here....

September 28, 2017

Freebie and charity walk in October.

There will be chances to explore Canonbury (a rather nice, leafy part of Islington) on 7th and Walthamstow Village on 15th October.  The first is a free walk, part of a promotion London guides offer every year so you can try before you buy.  The second is a fundraiser for the Samaritans, Waltham Forest Branch.  Each Branch is required to generate a large part of its own finance, so for this walk round the old part of Walthamstow (the Village) I will be asking £10 per person, al...

September 28, 2017

Thanks for the commissions...

I have done a few public tours this summer, but am also getting quite a few private commissions.  There will be more walks coming via Eventbrite and Footprints of London, but please do get in touch if there's an angle on London you'd like to explore.  The research is half the fun......

August 10, 2017

LOOKING FOR WATER

7pm, Farringdon Station (main entrance) - 29 June. I'll be looking at how water defined Clerkenwell, even though its presence is pretty well concealed now. More details here. Be there or be square......

June 28, 2017

TIP FOR THE HEAT

Modern life is hectic and none of us needs to be chasing round in hot, sweaty, diesel-flavoured air. Step back in time and swap bustling for perambulation. Think about it: old buildings (or the ones that survived, anyway) have big airy rooms, are made of nice cool stone and often come with big gardens and trees. Just what you need. Cemeteries are probably best - lots of leaf cover and marble. Just a thought. Remember, these places were designed by very clever people before they got round ...

June 22, 2017

SEWAGE, PLAGUE, FIRE AND A CEMETERY...

I have been in the happy situation of being commissioned to do a few private tours and talks over the last month or so, hence radio silence. But now I am venturing out into the free market with a few tours. Apart from my staple ones at Highgate Cemetery and Somerset House, I'll be exploring the old, now-concealed landscape of Clerkenwell and tracing Samuel Pepys' steps around the old City of London. I hope to see you on one of them - until then, have fun....

June 8, 2017

SPRING IS SPRUNG, THE GRASS IS RIZ...

Emerging from his hibernation, that's where. Happy Spring! I am going to be posting various walks over the next few days, to tempt and titillate. Hope you find one (or ideally more than one) to suits your taste. See you soon......

March 27, 2017

EXPLORING CLERKENWELL FOR CHARITY

I have been taking a short break from leading walks, but on 21st I am doing a tour of Clerkenwell with fellow guide Denise. All proceeds (donations rather than a straight fee) go to the homeless charity Shelter. Please check it out under "The Walks"....

December 14, 2016

MY PIECE IN THE CLERKENWELL POST

As part of the Clerkenwell & Islington Guides' Association I was approached to write a piece on the Spa Fields Riots, a couple of public meetings culminating in an attempt to seize control of the government. This is online, here: http://3dissue.co.uk/clerkenwellpost/issue34/ - you have to scroll to page 14, but once there I hope you'll find it interesting. As mentioned at the end of the article, it accompanies an exhibition, "Commit Outrage!", running at Islington Museum until 7 January....

November 26, 2016

NEW WALKS COMING

I have been far more absent from the internet than I intended over the last four weeks, courtesy of a complete lack of broadband. As you will have noticed, this means nothing has gone on this site - I am going to be tackling this very soon but please bear with me. I shall definitely be doing a Christmas in Clerkenwell walk on 18 December - details to follow....

November 3, 2016

ISLINGTON GIVING WALK, 27 OCTOBER

With twilight adding to the atmosphere, fellow CIGA guide Jen Pedler and I took a great group of people from Islington Giving (an independent group of individuals and organisations working to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington - more on them here) on a walk around the parish of St Luke's. Not exactly a Hallowe'en walk but there was grimness, drownings, debt and graveyards aplenty - and at the end they very kindly invited us 'umble guides to join them in the Honourable Artillery Company'...

November 3, 2016

DELIGHTFUL CANAL RAMBLE

We followed the path of the Regent's Canal (where there is a path...) from King's Cross to the Angel, Islington on 27 October, at a nice leisurely pace. Although I didn't have photography in mind when I devised it, the walk seemed to be a good photogenic one - canal boats, water and some classy early 19th century squares. Did the job. And, just to flag up, a thoroughly charming group of people....

November 3, 2016

FOOTPRINTS OF LONDON

Let the joy be unlimited! I have been admitted to the august company that is Footprints of London, a splendid guided walks company with a seriously good (and well-deserved) reputation. Beneath its banner, members offer their own personally devised and researched walks, so Walking On Gold as not been absorbed into a giant conglomerate but will continue as before with one more outlet. I hope that's clear... My first Footprints walk will be a local one (for me, anyway) - entitled From Commons an...

September 28, 2016

A STROLL ALONG THE CANAL

Sunday 31st July - weather set to be nice and warm, but not too hot for a leisurely stroll. So why not turn up at King's Cross for 2:30, stand outside Starbucks, watch everyone getting stressed out waiting for their train, then off on a jaunt along a canal, through a graveyard, past a reservoir and end up with an Angel? All will be revealed on Sunday......

July 26, 2016

WALKS OLD AND NEW

Hello again, I have been exploring and devising new walks over the past few months and the roll-out starts now. First, a look at the City of Samuel Pepys - Civil Servant, obsessive witness to the most eventful decade in the history of London, confidante of kings and serial philanderer. This walk is slightly longer than the norm, coming in at around two hours. The walk starts at 11 am outside Blackfriars Station on Sunday June - for more details please see the "Walks" page or click here....

May 20, 2016

WALKING OLD WALTHAMSTOW

BOUNDARIES OF OLD WALTHAMSTOW Which road was a front drive? What links St Mary's churchyard and the Gherkin? Which desirable Village thoroughfare was previously called Pig Lane? And how do you pronounce "Monoux"? Don't pretend you don't want to know. All will be revealed during my guided tour of Old Walthamstow on Sunday 13 March, starting by Strettons Estate Agents opposite the Goose pub at 2:00. The walk costs £10 (which goes to the local branch of the Samaritans) and will last about...

February 28, 2016

DO BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE PAPERS

The Islington Gazette has published a two-page spread on the "My Bloody, Funny Valentine" walk I am doing with fellow-guide Denise this weekend (7pm 13th, 2pm 14th February, starting from Farringdon Station, £7). http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch... The article is on pages 10 and 11....

February 12, 2016

LOVE & (not quite) PEACE

Roses bring on an attack of hives? Candle-lit dinners an excuse for not washing the cutlery properly? Valentine's Day send you racing for the sick-bucket? If any one (or any combination) of those reactions sound familiar, you may wish to consider an alternative take on the loved-up weekend ahead. Don't worry, just because it's a celebration doesn't mean London's murderers took the day off. They just gave it a romantic twist. Come and hear about it this Saturday and/or Sunday as part of a s...

February 9, 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT (OR DAY, TO BE PRECISE)

... until this evening. Before you take down the tree, why not pop along to Farringdon Station, at 11 am, and come on the "Christmas in Clerkenwell" walk? This is a shortish walk around the area, looking at the origins of Christmas and how it was celebrated here through the ages. There's also an interesting link to some strange Welsh customs. The easiest way to sign up is to follow the link below to my co-guide Denise's Meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/London-Social-Detours-make-f... Once...

December 31, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN CLERKENWELL

I'm doing a two-hander with fellow guide Denise this Thursday - a quick walk (about 75 minutes) looking at Christmas through the ages, all of them illustrated in the amazing area of Clerkenwell. A nice gentle workout, for body and brain, to clear the fug of festive lunches and parties - what's not to like? Not only that, but we are reflecting the relative shortness of the walk in the bargain price of £4 per head. Less than the price of a fizzy lager, and we promise not to give you a hangov...

December 16, 2015

HIGHGATE CEMETERY

I am going to be doing some tours at Highgate Cemetery in December. These will be on Fridays at 1:45 - the Fridays in question being 4th, 11th and 18th. They take about 70 minutes and go around the West Cemetery, which doesn't have Karl Marx but does have some quite frankly gobsmacking architecture. I love the place because it gives us real insight into how the Victorians saw the world, and tells us as much about the living as the dead. These tours are run via Highgate Cemetery and need to b...

November 27, 2015

ST JOHN'S GATE - MORNING, 11AM, SATURDAY

My walk on Saturday at St John's Gate and Museum will not be at 11 am rather than 2:30 pm. Here is the link. http://museumstjohn.org.uk/planning-your-visit/ There is a walk at 2:30 pm, but I won't be taking that one. Sorry for the confusion. ...

November 18, 2015

MONKS, SOLDIERS AND AMBULANCES

I'll be taking a tour of the Museum of the Order of St John this Saturday, starting at 2:30 pm at St John's Gate. This is a fascinating place, home to three different incarnations of the Order (and there's a fourth...) and just ten yards off the busy Clerkenwell Road. And it's free, though a donation would be extremely helpful. Rather than an essay on its charms from me, here's a link with all you need to know to get there. Hope to see you on Saturday... http://museumstjohn.org.uk/planning-y...

November 18, 2015

EXTRA DATE FOR CREEPY WALK

Denise and I are doing an extre evening of our creepy Smithfield walk. Alongside the unquiet dead (which you'd expect) there are tales of entrails slithering down the street, misbehaving lifts and beating hearts in inappropriate places. Do come along - the walk on Friday starts at 7 pm just outside Farringdon Tube Station, and takes about an hour. And it's only £3......

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