“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

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…

East End Independents’ Day & Well Street Market – Free Walk

East End Independents’ Day: Well Street Market launches tomorrow! We’ve been exploring community a lot recently and many of you have been part of that. One of the ways it’s built is through markets. They’re a great space for people to come together. Tomorrow will see an exciting afternoon in Homerton: the launch of a…

In Strange Times, Events For Us to Talk & Connect?

These are tumultuous times. In response we’re stepping up our communal activities. Winter is here but we’re not slowing down. There’s walking, talking and connecting to be done… The civic sphere is where we’re going to find each other and make sense of this year. Whatever happens, surely conversations are where any solutions will start?…

Mary Wollstonecraft: Celebrating Heroines of Hackney on IWD

The most amazing woman you never heard of? Single mum; war correspondent; businesswoman; writer; educator; activist; political radical; patriarchy-smasher: if you’ve read “In Search of Mary” by Newington Green resident Bee Rowlatt you’ll know that Mary Wollstonecraft was a woman ahead of her time (and still is? Discuss…).

FREE Chatsworth Road Festival walk this Sunday

As part of the Chatsworth Road Festival this Sunday, you can get our ‘Connect with Clapton, Discover Extraordinary E5’ walk free! Just turn up at the information stall at 11am on Sunday and we’ll discover what makes this such a special place.

Feminist Stoke Newington – Or Is It? Special IWD 2015 Guided Walk

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015 WALK Special fundraising edition of the ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington‘ guided walk (see here for usual walk): Sun 8th March; meet 10.30am main gates of Abney Park cemetery N16; cost £8 with 50% of proceeds to fund for Mary  Wollstonecraft statue in Newington Green (see here); just turn up….

Grans Doing Grand: Clapton’s New Community Cafe

Hackney Tours is excited to announce the first Clapton history walk (10.30am Fri 15th Feb) leaving/returning from/to We Are Nana. See below for details of  this great new intergenerational initiative here: “I met these people who were 80 or older and still smashing it every day!” says Katie Harris, founder of a new Clapton community…

Good Gym: Extreme Shovel Action In Stoke Newington

Hackney is a hotbed of history and October’s first trot for the Good Gym community volunteer crew took 15 keen runners to a corner of Stoke Newington that has seen plenty of action even before we arrived. On our 7.2km round trip we ran up from the usual Arch Gallery start – via Regent’s Canal,…

Vampires, Vegetables and Vitality: Another Morning at Ministry of Stories

I steeled myself yesterday for a heavy morning at Ministry of Stories, volunteering as a writing mentor for 8-year-old inner city kids in Hoxton, the southern end of Hackney that almost meets the City. I needn’t have bothered; the children of Whitmore School were wonderful. Ministry of Stories follows in the same mould as San…