Long Hot Summer of Exploration

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

  “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…

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.

WALKS THIS WEEKEND: RADICAL STOKEY OR CONNECT WITH CLAPTON

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…

Connect with Clapton: explore extraordinary E5

WANT TO REALLY KNOW EAST LONDON? There’s more to Clapton than you would imagine. It’s been an international border and played a key role in the growth of London. It’s still vital to the wellbeing of the city today and is helping keep our capital alive. But this is just words on the web; the…

Places Left on Free Clapton Tour This Sun for Hackney Council

There are still some places left on Sunday’s walk around the waterways of Clapton, run by Hackney Tours for/with Hackney Council (scroll down, see below details).If you don’t know the area, it’s a beautiful spot with wide open spaces and all sorts of rare creatures and plants are waiting to be discovered there. If you…

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…

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…

Sport suffers by the Lee as Olympic security zone expands

It’s reasonable to suggest that to make a global spectacle omelette, you need to crack a few eggs. The London 2012 Olympics will be one mightily large dish, presented on a multimedia platter and sampled by some 4bn across the world. But when the Games mean the loss of your own amenities, it leaves a…

NEXT ‘NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY’ WALKING TOUR

“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