Antitours – the Antidote?

This is a polemic, by someone who has more questions than answers. No slur or offence is intended to all the smart people employed in ‘conventional’ tourism, (like myself with my other hats on). I’ve worked in that field for 14 years now and learned a phenomenal amount from some fascinating, entertaining educators. There’s room…

Saved – Our Stour. Hackney Wick Comes Good.

ALMOST. There’s a sting in the tale… This weekend a lot of Hackney Wick folk came together in a grassroots community response to the threat of losing Stour Space. The Commune Festival was thrown together in a week by local people who wanted to keep this creative community hub and a legacy

Park Life: Connecting with East London

Connection! That’s what it’s all about. To our environment, to each other and ultimately ourselves. Sound a bit out there? Well increasingly research shows that being out and about is good for us. Not just physically but mentally too

Why Men Need IWD Too

What’s in it for men to celebrate International Women’s Day? Quite a lot actually. From doing the right thing and being allies to reinforcing the Lockean ideals of the Enlightenment that allow us all to be individuals capable (ish) of reason and conceptualising the notion of creating a better world… Nobody would dare suggest

Focus on the Positive – IWD 2019

This International Women’s Day, I will be offering another walk featuring the heroic Mary Wollstonecraft and other inspiring female writers and fighters in Hackney for social justice who don’t get the recognition they ought to, like

Changing Bermondsey, Gothic Abney After Dark

As winter draws in and it’s tempting to hibernate, there are still reasons to get out and exercise. This Saturday sees another free out-of-borough walk for Hackney Council. We’ll be having a little walk around

Unconventionally Yours: Wander & Wonder Since 2012

Since exploring the hidden side of the Olympics for Hackney Wick locals and creating a Feminist polemic walk in Stoke Newington, since 2012 Hackney Tours has gone about being a commercial operation entirely the wrong way. The tours haven’t been regular, the subject matter hasn’t stayed ‘safe’. Offers from developers to help sell houses

Long Hot Summer of Exploration

It’s been a long hot summer. And a lot of exciting exploration is already under the belt. But there’s more to come… Hackney Tours has been out on the road this summer with