“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…

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.

A Tour Around You! Free ANTIUNIVERSITY Hackney Wick Walk

East London explorers, urbanists and innovators – come and join us for an artistic experiment this Friday as part of the FREE ANTIUNIVERSITY of East London weekend of events. Disrupting the conventional model of a tour, we’re going to try something new: taking a tour of YOU. The idea is a participatory and generative walking…

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….

Typical: nothing for months then three events come at once…

Radio silence is broken. Apologies for the silence. Or apologies for breaking it, depending on your point of view…?Hackney Tours has news of three great events coming up for you in the next few weeks, so please read on. Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon! You can also stay up to date…

2014 Europe Run To Unity: Appeal for Runners for WW1 Memorial Relay

Be part of a team in a once-in-a-lifetime experience running Europe, like here on the former Iron Curtain in 2009. There were once so many Germans in Hackney that there was a German Hospital in Dalston; a little bit of digging in the local archives soon brings up mentions of the Germanic presence in places…

Hackney Green Party Walk Sun 1st, Open to All!

Hackney Wicked and our walks there may have ended, but with Hackney Green Party we have organised a great walk from Hackney Wick to Clapton and everybody’s welcome! The walk will cover not just Green Hackney projects like tree nurseries, urban gardens, sustainability initiatives and community activism/planning but also street art and social history in…

Gentrification: Is Our Art & Coffee Costing The Neighbourhood?

“It is at best a misunderstanding, and at worst a harmful lie, to portray the cultural sector as an ally of low-income groups. Campaigners against gentrification should resist every art gallery, craft workshop, or new media centre. The first art gallery in a working-class neighbourhood is a sure sign, that gentrification is imminent. “Keep them…