Regeneration Game: Margate 1 – 0 London

The exodus is on. If once London attracted the avant garde, does it now repel them? This week arts accessibility champions Open School East joined the artists heading to the south coast, Bristol continues to pull the permaculturists and environmentally ambitious while ‘startup centre’ Berlin is a no-brainer for the entrepreneur.

Is Hackney Wick the New Shoreditch?

A new title for the same tour. Why? Hackney Wick and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park continues to be the most interesting part of a capital which never stands still. If street art is a barometer of hipness

Hackney Wick: See It While It Lasts

Thanks to some last minute cancellations, we still have several places on tomorrow’s Hackney Council walk around the wonder that is Hackney Wick. This guided tour – including art, social and industrial history & heritage – will show you why this very special alternative East London location by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is well…

October Walks & Runs with Hackney Tours

Autumn is upon us, judging by those clouds outside. All the more reason to get out and enjoy the changing of the seasons as the leaves turn brown and thoughts turn to Halloween, Bonfire Night and our other rituals marking the passing of time. As mounting research shows, it’s good to be amongst nature; you’ve…

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…

Talking Gentrification at Germany’s Documenta Art Fair

Documenta is Germany’s 5-yearly art fair in the relatively quiet city of Kassel. Almost completely destroyed by British bombers in WW2, the new city has been hosting this massive event since 1955 as part of a ‘fresh start’ for a then new Federal Republic of Germany. Along with academic Sarah Scarsbrook, Hackney Tours was invited…

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…

Hackney Tours on France 24 Olympic Report

This report from France 24 last week opens with yours truly and goes on to ask some good questions about what is being done for local residents before – and pertinently after – the Games: France 24: 100 Days to Go


“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