Never the Bride: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Crash of Wedding Symbols

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…

Mary Wollstonecraft: Transcending Gender

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…

Debord and Chips? Situationist Charabanc to Margate

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

Austerity: Paris Protest 1968 to Hackney Joy 2018

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….

SHW the Group that Burned 10,000 Names

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…

Frankenstein, Freedom and Suffragettes: Forged in Hackney

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

Hackney Tours Tomorrow’s World

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

Special walk (inc. food) for East End Trades Guild #IndieWknd It’s been a busy Autumn. If you follow Hackney Tours on social media, you might see we took some Hackney kids to Folkestone Triennial at half term to share the wonder of art and exploration with future generations. Last week we dropped in on a…

Really Discover East London!

Radical History Lover? Curious Local? Love Photography? Something for Everyone… It’s been a busy summer, so you may have missed the Hampstead Heath walk for Hackney Council or the literary adventure that was our trip to a Margate book festival in the guise of Half Day Holidays. I took some Wickers around Hackney Wick to…