Our Walks

Walks by Clerkenwell and Islington Guides

Discover the secrets of Clerkenwell and Islington . . . . . . on guided walking tours in hidden and historic London led by one of the Mayor of Islington’s official guides.

Want to become a tour guide?   The Clerkenwell & Islington Guiding course will open for applications  later this year at the University of Westminster.  It’s a great way of learning about Clerkenwell & Islington.  If you are interested, please leave your email here and we will contact you when applications open.

CIGA Guides also do tours of three amazing buildings in our area.  Charterhouse, The Museum of the Order of St John and Canonbury Tower.

The table below contains public walks being run in Clerkenwell and Islington by our members.

Our current list of walks:

DateWalkWalk descriptionGuideCost of walk
Thu 05/10/17 19:00Banned BooksA walk looking at books that have been banned in London from political tracts to 18th century pornographyRob Smith£12.00
Sat 07/10/17 14:30Meat Market & Mayhem Up & down Caledonian Clock Tower & ParkTake a walk in Caledonian Park and up its famous Clock Tower. Hear their history and see the remnants of past industry and Islington and London from new heightsJiff Bayliss£15.00
Sun 08/10/17 11:00Green and Pleasant Islington – a Lower Holloway meanderThis walk takes us off the beaten path to green places and open spaces – fields and farms, parks, and gardens, reclamation, rejuvenation and recycling.Jane Parker£9.00 – £12.00
Mon 09/10/17 18:30The Oxford Street Of The North – a guided walk in HollowayLet’s go back to a time when the Nags Head Area was as vibrant as the West End. Hear about early department stores, marvellous theatres and unusual transport.Jane Parker£9.00 – £12.00
Tue 10/10/17 14:45Charterhouse Standard TourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth and James I held court, medieval monks lived & died and Black Death victims were interred.Jane Duffield£10.00
Wed 11/10/17 15:00The Nether World: George Gissing and ClerkenwellFollow the footsteps of George Gissing’s characters amid the “squalid and toil infested ways” of nineteenth century Clerkenwell.Jen Pedler£12.00
Sat 14/10/17 11:00Gangsters, Gelato & GaribaldiExplore the colourful history of the Italian community in Clerkenwell's Little Italy and the Hatton Garden area.Karen Lansdown£10.00
Sun 15/10/17 14:45Charterhouse Standard TourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth and James I held court, medieval monks lived and died and Black Death victims were interred.Jane Duffield£10.00
Wed 18/10/17 11:00Modernism in Finsbury: Berthold Lubetkin and Bevin CourtWalk through Modernist Finsbury to meet Berthold Lubetkin, Bolshevik Modernist architect, who "brought modern architecture to England" with his practice, TectonJiff Bayliss£12.00
Sat 21/10/17 14:30Meat Market & Mayhem Up & down Caledonian Clock Tower & ParkTake a walk in Caledonian Park and up its famous Clock Tower. Hear their history and see the remnants of past industry and Islington and London from new heightsJiff Bayliss£15.00
Sat 21/10/17 11:00Clerkenwell Highlights WalkThis walk explores the history of the area from its monastic origins, through its 19th century development and bustling markets and fairs.Tom Barbanneau£11.00
Tue 24/10/17 11:00Angel Delights: Music Murders and MyddletonFor 1000 years Islington’s was the 1st village north of the City. See & hear why it became a centre of entertainment and illegality.Jiff Bayliss£12.00
Wed 25/10/17 10:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsSusan Hahn£15.00
Wed 25/10/17 11:00Elizabethan IslingtonAlthough not many buildings remain, there are still signs of people who lived in Islington in Tudor times as this walk uncoversRob Smith£12.00
Wed 25/10/17 14:00The New River - Islington's Lost waterwayThe New River was an ambitious 17th century scheme to supply London with water by digging a canal from HertfordshireRob Smith£12.00
Thu 26/10/17 14:45Charterhouse standard tourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth & James I held court, medieval monks lived & died and Black Death victims were interred.Jiff Bayliss£10.00
Tue 31/10/17 18:30Sensational & Spooky SmithfieldGhosts, Body Snatchers and Slaughter on this Halloween walk through the streets & alleys of Smithfield.Karen Lansdown£10.00
Thu 02/11/17 14:45Charterhouse standard tourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth & James I held court, medieval monks lived & died and Black Death victims were interred.Jiff Bayliss£10.00
Sat 04/11/17 14:30Walk MacabreExplore London’s ghoulish interments for Halloween. Hear about executions, pestilence and lost burial grounds witht generations of Londonersbeneath your feetJiff Bayliss£12.00
Tue 07/11/17 11:00Clerkenwell: Penitence, Pestilence and PrisonersClerkenwell, one of the City’s oldest suburbs - centre of penitence then industrialisation. See and hear how piety gave way to radicalism, Wat Tyler to LeninJiff Bayliss£12.00
Fri 10/11/17 14:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsJohn Morgan£15:00
Wed 15/11/17 14:45Charterhouse Standard TourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth and James I held court, medieval monks lived and died and Black Death victims were interred.Jane Duffield£10.00
Thu 16/11/17 14:45Charterhouse standard tourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth & James I held court, medieval monks lived & died and Black Death victims were interredJiff Bayliss£10.00
Wed 22/11/17 10:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsDavid Brown£15.00
Fri 24/11/17 14:45Charterhouse Standard TourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth and James I held court, medieval monks lived and died and Black Death Victims were interred.Jane Duffield£10.00
Wed 29/11/17 14:45Charterhouse standard tourSee inside and hear about the Charterhouse where Queen Elizabeth & James I held court, medieval monks lived & died and Black Death victims were interred.Jiff Bayliss£10.00
Fri 08/12/17 14:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsSue McCarthy£15.00
Fri 12/01/18 14:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsColin del Strother£15.00
Wed 24/01/18 10:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsPeter Hayes£15.00
Fri 09/02/18 14:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsJen Pedler£15.00
Wed 28/02/18 10:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsJoanna Moncrieff£15.00

In the table clicking on the walk name will take you to a page that provides more information about a walk (including the starting place and details of any costs).  Some walks need to be booked in advance.   The price in the cost column is the maximum amount charged for an adult – a lower concessionary rate may be available and will be shown on the more information page.

Clicking on the guides name might enable your browser to send an email to the guide asking for more information.

Please note – when you book or attend these walks you are making a contract with the individual guide and not the Clerkenwell & Islington Guiding Association.  Please contact the individual guide if you want to know more about the walk.

You can also arrange special or customised walks in the Borough of Islington covering any area or theme.  These are ideal for family celebrations,  or business team building or social events.   For further information or if you want to give any feedback on Clerkenwell and Islington guides, please contact us by email at info@ciga.org.uk

(c) Clerkenwell and Islington Guides’ Association, 2016.