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
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
Symbols matter. There’s a serious bit of state theatre going on this weekend apparently (Hackney Tours is too busy being out on the street to follow the media) and it’s all about reinforcing the ancient (feudal?) concept of monarchy. Apparently we’re paying for an elaborate spectacle that is designed to reassure us that being Subjects…
Why is a man leading walks about Mary Wollstonecraft in Stoke Newington and Newington Green and why does he think it’s important that she has a monument? Saturday’s walk (see below) sees half the funds go to two local causes including the campaign for a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft. Why? Many of us broadly accept…
Adventure always! Hackney Tours has been up to the North following Ermine Street to its Roman conclusion; nightwalking in Kent on the trail of Dickens with Inspiral London; wild camping to report on shipping movements and smuggling
We established the personal is the political in the 1960s. It affects everything around us. Where the oil comes from, who makes our clothes, how our wealth is spent – and how we care for the most vulnerable in society. Whether we have a society… Tour guides are often told to steer clear of politics….
The KLF burned a million pounds on the isle of Jura in 1994 to make a statement and try (it’s said) to negate the all-pervasive power of money. On Tuesday on another island, Fish Island, Save Hackney Wick burned 10,000 names on a petition to mark the apparent failure (at the time of writing) to…
Like a little radical history? Love books? Enjoy big ideas from famous Hackney figures who rocked the boat for reform? On London Bookshop Crawl Weekend, we celebrated 100 years since women entered Parliament for the first time, 200 years since Mary Shelley published Frankenstein and
You’ve heard about the arts community in Hackney Wick but what are the hopes and fears of its youth?
As the Hackney Wick art scene threatens to disappear, why do we need the Arts in London?
It’s apt that the exhibition Tomorrow’s World at Atom Gallery on Green Lanes– opening tomorrow, naturally – should explore ideas of Utopia and Dystopia so close to Newington Green. This is where
“I didn’t even know this place was here…” …music to Hackney Tours ears. That’s what it’s all about, helping people see their own back yard in a different light. From places to stories to ideas – exploration is at heart of everything. On Sunday we went walking, on a little Clapton safari for #IndieWknd