Charterhouse Square Summer Fair

On Saturday 1st July 2017, enjoy an afternoon of festivities and merriment at the annual Charterhouse Square Summer Fair. The fair is open from 12 noon until 4:30pm and this year, as well as food and activities for all ages, visitors will be able to appreciate the new landscaping in the square.

You can also take the opportunity to visit the recently opened Charterhouse Museum or join a guided tour of the historic Charterhouse buildings.

The standard tours at 2:45pm are led by CIGA guides.

Click here to book a Charterhouse tour.





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Fundraising Walks for the MS Trust

On Thursday 25th May 2017 CIGA is joining forces with many fellow London tour guides as part of 20 in 20. This is an event which aims to raise £20.000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust in 20 hours by offering a continuous programme of over 45 guided tours throughout one day. Visit for the full programme and to book a tour.

The tours that CIGA guides are leading on May 25th are Cool Clerkenwell at 3pm and an Exclusive St John’s Gate and Clerkenwell Tour at 5pm.

Please take part to help make this very special day a success.

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CityRead London 2017

April is Cityread London month when libraries all across London aim to get communities together through the power of reading. This year’s book is Prophecy by S. J. Parris, a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller set in London 1583.

CIGA has teamed up with Islington Libraries to bring the period to life with free guided
walks highlighting Elizabethan Islington, generously funded by Islington Libraries.

The two walks quickly “sold out” so CIGA guides Rob Smith and Philip Nelkon are planning additional Elizabethan Islington walks at our usual ticket price. Watch out for the new dates in the Our Walks section. 

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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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