Free Walks – Local London Guiding Day

London’s five Guiding Associations (Clerkenwell & Islington, City of London, Westminster, Camden and Greenwich) are joining together to present free walks in their areas on Saturday 8th October 2016.

islingtonllgdThe theme this year is “Art for All”

Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association (CIGA) are the official tour guides for Clerkenwell & Islington and this year their free Art in the Community walks will be exploring the wealth of public art in EC1, the Islington postcode area with an intriguing history.

Public art of all kinds has put an indelible stamp on EC1. Starting at Old Street roundabout, the tour will visit to Bunhill Fields, the burial ground for non-conformists and the inspiration for the annual “Rise of the Non-Conformist” street art festival in Whitecross Street. In the surrounding streets the tour highlights street art by well known street artists such as Teddy Baden and artworks created collaboratively with the local community. Other highlights include a wonky church and a building with a sculpted facade which supports partially-sighted children.

Join these walks to discover artworks found in the urban fabric of its streets and buildings; from mosaics and murals to poetry and sculpture.

Free walks take place every hour, on the hour, on Saturday 8th October 2016 from 10am to 4pm.   Meet at Old Street Station – exit subway 2 – by Eat Cafe

For more information about our CIGA’s Local London Guiding Day EC1 Walks please contact FionaTweedie

For more information about all CIGA walks see

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Charity Weekend – Reading, Revels & Royalty

Clerkenwell and Islington Guides are marking the Queen’s official birthday with a weekend of walks across the Borough.  
Walks take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday  10th – 12th June from Angel, Farringdon, Highbury, Old Street and Upper Holloway
Each walk costs are £10 and proceeds will go to The Reading Agency, the Islington-based charity that supports reading and literacy for children and adults.
To book your place go to
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Islington Women: the lives, the loves, the legacy – Saturday 10 October 2015

Picture of Women through Time handout

Women through Time

Come and join Clerkenwell & Islington Guides on Local London Guiding Day for this walk celebrating this years theme “Women through Time” .  Free walks take place every hour, on the hour, on Saturday 10th October 2015 from 10am to 4pm.  Meet outside Angel Station.

Come on this walk if you want to know:

  • which actor donated a £2million film-set to Islington;
  • who became ‘the emigrants’ friend’;
  • which queen was a winner at Cruft’s;
  • and who was so successful with her male impersonations that many believed that she was a actually man!

See the Women through Time (PDF) flyer for more details of walks run by other guiding associations in the City of London, the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and the Borough of Camden.

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Angel Canal Festival, Sunday 6 September

Clerkenwell and Islington Guides will have a stall at this year’s Angel Canal Festival, as well as providing commentary on the free canal boat trips around the basin. Starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm. Come and say hello!
This annual one-day festival is based around the City Road Lock, Basin and towpath alongside the Regents Canal, also local streets and a park, in Islington. As well as the boat trips, there are rides, races, displays, Punch and Judy, food stalls, Arsenal’s ‘Penalty shoot-out’ competition and lots more.

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Local London Guiding Day, Saturday 10 October 2015

Make a note in your diary to join Local London Guides for a day of free walks in 5 areas of London – here in Islington, the City, Westminster, Greenwich, and, new this year, Camden. This year’s Local London Guiding Day theme is Women through Time – looking for the famous, infamous and forgotten women of London’s history. Walks start at 10am and continue on the hour throughout the day until the last walk at 4pm. More details of meeting points to follow here soon, or check on the Local London Guides webpage at

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Would you like to train as a Local London tour guide?

Are you fascinated by Islington’s history and heritage? And do you think you can pass your knowledge and enthusiasm onto friends, family, visitors or workmates? Then you should sign up for the award-winning Clerkenwell and Islington Tour Guiding course which begins again in October. The course comprises lectures, presentations and visits based on Islington’s areas and themes, plus practical training sessions on how to present history on the streets, and guide in historic interiors. The course is taught by experienced Local London guides. When you’ve completed the 26-week course, you’ll be awarded a guide’s Badge and Diploma, and the opportunity to join the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides’ Association. Applications are open now.
You can find out more about it and how to apply by looking at the course page on the University of Westminster’s website at

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LOCAL LONDON GUIDING DAY – Saturday 11th October

Four Free Walks in London  – 1, 2, 3, 4 BY GEORGE !

Local London Guiding Day leaflet

Join London’s specialist local guides as they take you on a jaunt through the world of the four Georges.  Four different walks to choose from – in Westminster, the City, Islington and Greenwich.  Each walk lasts up to 60 minutes and starts every hour on the hour, beginning at 10:00; last walk 16:00.  No need to book – just turn up. Free – although there is a collection at the end for the Royal British Legion.

The Clerkenwell and Islington walk is called “Bad, Sad … and Mad” and explores Clerkenwell and Islington’s Georgian Heritage.  Meet outside Angel Islington Underground Station.

It is possible to do all four walks in the day.   More details at the londonlocalguidingday website or  at the other guides websites

When you are planning your travel on the day, please check the availability of transport at the Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

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The Mayor’s Charity Walk 2014

Picture of Islington Town Hall

Islington Town Hall -Source Matt Brown on Flickr

Clerkenwell and Islington guides will lead a Charity Walk for the Mayor of Islington on Saturday 26th April, starting at 11:00 outside Islington Town Hall and ending at the Freighliners Farm.   No booking required – just turn up. Donations (£5 suggested per person, more welcome!) will be collected on the day.

The walk is called Islington: town and country; rich and poor and  cover Islington’s development from rural ‘idyll’ to urban ‘chic’, a process which should not be over-simplified; on this walk these ideas will be put into perspective and contrasts explored, revealing the harsher aspects of the area’s transformation as well as celebrating what it was and is now…

Money raised from the walk will go to the Mayor’s nominated charities  Freightliners Farm, and Islington Giving.

For more details please visit the walk page at Islington: town and country; rich and poor

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All change – our walks in 2014

All change for 2014!

Please note that from 1st January we will be running just one weekly walk on Saturday mornings at 11am. The themes will rotate throughout the month starting with a walk in Clerkenwell on the first Saturday of the month, followed by Smithfield, Angel and Canonbury. In months with five Saturdays, the theme of the fifth walk will be advertised here on our website.

In addition to this weekly walk, our guides will be promoting their own walks through our website. Over time you will be treated to a wide variety of themes and locations with fascinating new walks led by our enthusiastic team of Clerkenwell and Islington guides. Watch this space!

Thank you for your understanding while we make these changes.


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Applications for Clerkenwell & Islington Guiding Course now open

The University of Westminster is now recruiting students for the Clerkenwell and Islington guiding course which starts in September this year.  This is an ideal introductory course to guiding, and if you pass gives you the opportunity to wear the badge awarded by the Mayor of Islington, and join our Guiding Association.

You can download the PDF flyer, or apply through the University web pages.

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