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…

Disruptors: Using Hackney History to Hack the Future

Join us on Wednesday 28th for a special tour by Hackney Tours for changemakers 6heads, an experiment in shared learning (book here)… “If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present” …it could be the mission statement of a modern day innovator in East London


two walk weekend coming up again… At 2pm on Saturday you can join Hackney North & Stoke Newington Labour Party for a fundraising edition of the Subversive Stoke Newington walk. Find out why it’s the ‘Village that Changed the World’ (Facebook event link here or book on Eventbrite here). Then at 10.30am on Sunday you can…

Curiosity, the wonder of Hackney, and running tours

Curiosity about the world is what drives Hackney Tours. How does it work? How do we make sense of it? How can we best be in it, appreciate, enjoy and ultimately improve it? The underlying philosophy is to be really fully alive, out there in the world in a physically and mentally healthy state. because…

The Original Suffragette – Hackney Hero Mary Wollstonecraft

The big movie release this week is Suffragette, but 100 years before the Pankhurst-led push for suffrage, a Hackney-based hero was scandalising the establishment by suggesting a woman could be a man’s equal. She is the star of our polemical walk ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington’. Often referred to as the ‘founder of modern…

Discovering Dalston, Stokey Safari: The Biggest Story Ever?

It’s been a busy summer and that continues this Saturday with three different walks (booking here at Eventbrite). This Saturday we’re discovering Dalston and on safari in Stoke Newington. We’re experimenting with a new look and how best to tie together all the good stuff (art, creativity, socially progressive initiatives, sustainability etc) so what’s the…

Wall Down Tourists Out: Bringing Down Barriers With Travel

Berliners will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall on 9th November. But some resent the influx of tourists that the new openness brings. This was discussed by the travel trade this week in London. But surely breaking down barriers is what international travel should be about? 9th November is the 25th…


“NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY” WALKING TOUR, AS SEEN IN GUARDIAN ONLINE: Sat 21 & 28 Apr; 5 May 2.30pm Hackney Wick Rail 2hrs; ends at Olympic Park View Tube (Pudding Mill Lane DLR) £10 (£8 concs) in advance (book here) or £12/£10 on the day. It’s huge, it’s in Hackney

Good Gym: Mission Possible 2

On Monday I got another chance to lead a Good Gym mission, this time on my own turf in Hackney where I lead my walking/running/cycling tours. With 12 volunteers we headed north from Bethnal Green and up to N16