East LDN Creative Exploration – come and play?
Be a curious explorer of worlds in our own backyard. Rediscover wonder in East London in unconventional *small group* city tours – or even 1:1
In these walking conversations with veteran guide and walking artist Simon Cole, explore street art to local history to sustainability and social enterprise. Or get sinister with the Gothic… Whether you’re new or you’ve been here decades, from Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick, East London is full of surprises.
Looking for something #HackneyDifferent for someone special? The guided walking tours of Hackney and Hackney Wick are available again as running tours. Combine the rush of exercise and the buzz of discovery. Let’s go and get excited about East London as we see it with fresh eyes.
What’s really going on in Hackney Wick? Check out this SMALL GROUP OUTDOOR alternative walk that’s not like any other. #HackneyWickCultureJam: no censorship, deep dive – let’s deconstruct the Wick? You can also find my art walks for Estuary Festival 2021, London Festival of Architecture and Open House at the same link.
Did you miss the Hackney Wick community conversation Tue 13th April with Grow Hackney and my #WickSpeaks! collaborators The People Speak, as we asked where next after lockdown? Yes, it was Talkaoke time in the Wick!
Join me Wed 10th Feb with Grow Hackney as we explore what a walking artist may or may not be in Hackney Wick. Then I’ll be co-hosting another Talkaoke on Thu 25th Feb with my #WickSpeaks! collaborators The People Speak.
We explored Abney Park after-dark…
This Magnificent Seven cemetery is the perfect place to bring the Gothic alive. Join us for a virtual tour on Wed 10th Feb then a discussion. What’s the 2021 equivalent of Frankenstein? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Then Wed 17th Feb I’ll be exploring what is Psychogeography and how do walking artists link to this with Grow of Hackney Wick.
Towards the end of the month on 25th February I’ll be co-hosting another #Talkaoke with my brilliant #WickSpeaks! collaborators The People Speak. Catch me on their blog here. GET INVOLVED!
Did you miss the Open House walking tours (below) in Hackney Wick? You could have joined in the exploration with a unique FREE ‘people’s tour’ Sat 17th October, in collaboration with the East London international artists collective The People Speak.
East Berlin to East Village – Sat 26th 2pm and 4PM walks; Sat Oct 3rd 4pm; new walk just added Sun Oct 4th 4pm.
Hidden Hackney, Future London? (see more below) – Sat Oct 3rd
Covid-Era Wanders: Doorstep Wonder, Local Lifelines? – Tue 22 Sep online adventure
Hidden London: Life Support – Sat 26 Sep online adventure
Join the mailing list, or check out these other explorations, new for 2020 as we go deeper on our own doorstep:
Back on the street! On this unique walk, come discover Hidden Hackney, Future London? in our own backyard. Get inspired, get involved, change the world – starting at home!
Explore the historic – and highly beautiful – River Lea in this brand new collaboration with Leaside Canoe Club (Sun 11/10). Join our small fun group tour on the water! Your custom helps this charity do good in the community. Check them out in #ExtraordinaryE5!
It’s been a busy year, with lots to explore. Previously:
NEW! Hackney Tours is #HackneyDifferent and brought you London’s Women’s History running tour and now quite possibly the first Alternative Statue Tour. Who should be up there and why? We celebrated Hackney heroes past and present, joining the conversation about who we put on a plinth – and why? Look out for another one soon.
Locked down in East London? Check out the blog posts to catch up on what you might have missed. See the Instagram feed to see things #HackneyDifferent.
Watch out for the return of Changemaker walks or read how they offer insight into ‘shocks’ like Corona.
Read about Hackney Wick explorations and why the Arts really matter in East London.
Find out what Mary Wollstonecraft’s birthday has got to do with Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and virtue?
HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED LAST YEAR, PRE-COVID
Special edition of the changemaker walk Sat 14th Dec – fundraiser for Hackney Winter Night Shelter. Finishes at the Ethical Winter’s Fair at the exciting Zero Ldn project in Gillett Square. Discover them now, before they’re famous!
World Changers in Hackney: free with Hackney Council Sat 19th Oct. Details of this and more FREE walks here.
‘Hidden Hackney Wick’ (for Hackney Wicked festival, Sat 27th & 28th July)
6th & 13th July:
Hidden Hackney: Walking in Wonder with Champions & Changemakers.
15th June: ‘Follow Me – I’m Lost!’ FREE Pyschogeography (or is it?) Dalston Dérive for Antiuniversity. See News section or book here.
9th June: Stoke Newington Literary Festival SOLD OUT.
28th May: East London Innovators, Embercombe Changemakers: an experimental sustainability walk. See blog post here.
Previously: by-donation fundraiser walk as part of the Commune Festival to Save Stour Space, 27-28th April. Leaves 1.30pm from Hackney Wick Overground station, Sunday 28th April. Arrives 3pm at Stour Space for the art auction.
You missed these events below too, but sign up here for updates for more Hackney walking exploration soon or read the latest blog piece:
Free walk to Victoria Park courtesy of Hackney Council 17th March.
Unconventional and alternative walks, from social enterprise to social history, radical politics to psychogeography, including 2019 collaborations with artist Louisa Albani.
Free walks, Sat 2nd Feb & Sun 17th Mar, courtesy of partners Hackney Council:
Sign up details here at Hackney Walking.
And here’s just some of what you missed in 2018…
“One of the best experiences I’ve had in London for years.”
“We got such an amazing insight into the local area…”
“Fascinating and inspiring…”
“…a brilliant blend of knowledgeable, friendly and interesting
…I learned a ton and I only live down the road in Hackney”
Exploring #HackneyDifferent since 2009
Social Enterprise Borough Hackney
Photos 2 & 3: Frank Da Silva
See the news page for updates or scroll down for previous tours…
Throughout 2018 we’ll be looking at Hackney with the help of a prism: the events of 1968, particularly Paris in May. Check out the Instagram hashtag #Hackney68.
Missed Hackney Tours at Stoke Newington Literary Festival? And at Antiuniversity? Or the (even more) experimental Half Day Holidays offshoot at Margate Bookie lit’ fest’?
Check out the first collaboration with award-winning Clapton bookstore Pages of Hackney, as we search for the Clapton Beach along with the new Mobile Museum! Book here.
Want to join this family-friendly walk with the Wick Award?
Did you miss the alternative East London adventure #JustDontCallItBastilleDay?
Did you miss our Situationist-inspired wander to the Spring Bookie, Margate’s new literary festival, as we looked for the beach not just metaphorically but literally too?
SAT 17th MAR: FREE WALK IN WOODBERRY DOWN (sign up here)
WED 7th MAR: ABNEY PARK AFTER-DARK GOTHIC TOUR. SOLD OUT (details here)
FRI 23rd FEB: #DiviningDalston – FREE DERIVE ADVENTURE AROUND DIVERSE DALSTON’S RIDLEY ROAD, WITH OUR FRIENDS DOOMED GALLERY DALSTON (part of Terminalia Festival of Pyschogeography, you can book here)
SAT 10th FEB: FRANKENSTEIN, FREEDOM AND SUFFRAGETTES: FORGED IN HACKNEY. BY-DONATION FUNDRAISER WALK ON LONDON BOOKSHOP CRAWL WEEKEND: Book here.
Shop local, support your community, keep East London interesting – all for #IndieWknd
From street art strolls to radical history walks, food market exploration to alternative running tours and photo walks, get in touch to hire us privately (version francais disponible). Join the mailing list here for more new tours.
SUN 17th SEP: HEAR HOW HACKNEY LED THE WAY IN EDUCATION AND RADICAL POLITICS (BOOK HERE):
SAT 16th SEP: DISCOVER MILLFIELDS & CLAPTON (BOOK HERE)
SAT 8th JULY: DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF THE WICK (BOOK HERE):
Image credit Frank Da Silva. Work by Sweet Toof, Aida Wilde and all the great East London street art crew.
10th June: AS THE ARTISTS THAT MADE HACKNEY WICK SO INTERESTING ARE PUSHED OUT, WE EXPLORE WHY ART, DIY AND WAREHOUSE CULTURE MATTER. PART OF ANTIUNIVERSITY 2017 AND IN COLLABORATION WITH SAVE HACKNEY WICK. BOOK HERE.
5th Mar: THE ORIGINAL LONDON WOMEN’S HISTORY RUNNING TOUR IS BACK FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017. BOOK AT FUNZING.
GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER – EAST LONDON INDEPENDENTS’ DAY – FREE COMMUNITY STROLL FROM HACKNEY MUSEUM (E8 1GQ) 11am ARRIVING AT THE LAUNCH OF:
SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER (BOOK HERE)
SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER with Echo
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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY: EAST LONDON DOES GOOD
Innovative community and sustainability projects making better cities
HACKNEY WICK THE NEW SHOREDITCH?
Street art, DIY culture, alternative living and future East London
ABNEY PARK: IN THE MIDST OF DEATH WE ARE IN LIFE!
Social history & radical politics to crucial biodiversity: Abney is London
SUBVERSIVE STOKE NEWINGTON: THE HACKNEY REBEL TOUR
Radicals, rebels, reformers, revolutionaries in N16
WORLD CHANGING WOMEN OF HACKNEY
Feminism-founders, fame and infamy: the radical women of Hackney
EXTRAORDINARY E5: CLAPTON
Characters, controversy & conservation; Vikings to vertical take-off as history meets nature by the marshes
EAST LONDON DOES WEST
West End Yin to East London Yang: an alternative take on central London…
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