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
Sat 23/09/17 11:00Islington and the Spanish Civil WarIslington International Brigaders included academics and plumbers; Aid Spain supporters stretched from communists to priests. This walk explores their stories.Susan Hahn£10.00
Thu 28/09/17 11:00The Real London of Peaky BlindersTrue stories of gang crime in 1920's Clerkenwell which inspired events in the TV series Peaky BlindersRob Snith£12.00
Wed 04/10/17 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
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
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
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
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
Fri 10/11/17 14:00Canonbury Tower TourVisit one of Islington's oldest buildingsJohn Morgan£15.00
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
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.