This October, get your walking shoes on and come and join a literary-themed walk led by one of Footprints of London's professional and enthusiastic guides.
Throughout the whole of the month we'll be hosting our Literary Festival, taking people out of the pages and onto the streets of London, sort of like a walking-talking bookclub.
There's sure to be something for everybody, from Sherlock Holmes to Samuel Pepys via Charles Dickens and the Bloomsbury Set.
For my part, I am including my Limericks and Limericks, Fantasy and Fraudtour and my Diary Of A Nobody – Mr Pooter's Holloway.
Walks are bookable via the FPoL website.
We are offering a fantastic saving in the form of a Season Ticket for the event. This is, quite frankly, a ludicrous bargain – for £49 you can go on as many of the LitFest walks as you like – hell, why not go on them all...?!
Jane's London Walks offers alternative guided tours that encourage people to be a little bit more aware of their surroundings – a sort of physical version ofJane's London. For more information about the walks on offer and how to book them just click here – or just go to Eventbrite.com and search for "janeslondon" or "janeslondonwalks". Please see (and like!) my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @janeslondon Or why not subscribe for occasional updates using the field on the homepage above? I am part of Footprints of London where you'll find lots more walks led by many other equally enthusiastic guides. Feedback always welcome – find me on TripAdvisor.
25th (Tue) – 11pm – Ghostsigns KingsCross 28th (Fri) – 6.30pm – Ancient Inns and Taverns of Angel/UpperStreet 29th (Sat) – ARCHWAY WITH WORDS festival – throughout the day Jen and I will be leading 1-hr walks in N19 area. More info here. 30th (Sun) – 11am – Ghostsigns Holloway
Or go to Eventbrite and search for "janeslondon" or "janeslondonwalks".
OCTOBER 3rd (Wed) – 11am – The Diary Of A Nobody (Mr Pooter'sHolloway) 3rd (Wed) – 2pm – Art Deco Holloway 3rd (Wed) – 4.30pm – Art Deco Arsenal 5th (Fri) – 11am –The Oxford Street of the North (Holloway Heyday) 6th (Sat) – 11am – Ghostsigns UpperSt/Angel
10th (Wed) – 7pm – Lyrics and limericks (A Footprints of London literary walk) 11th (Thu) – 11am – Green and pleasant Islington 11th (Thu) – 2pm –The Diary Of A Nobody (Mr Pooter'sHolloway) 12th (Fri) – 11am – The Estate We're In (The Philanthropists)
13th (Sat) – LOCAL LONDON GUIDING DAY
The next three walks are subject to cancellation: To be confirmed: 16th (Tue) – 11am – Ghostsigns KingsCross
To be confirmed: 16th (Tue) – 4pm – Ghostsigns UpperSt/Angel
To be confirmed: 16th (Tue) – 6.30pm – Ancient Inns and Taverns of Angel/UpperStreet 21st (Sun) – 11am – Ghostsigns Holloway
21st (Sun) – 2pm –The Diary Of A Nobody (Mr Pooter'sHolloway) 21st (Sun) – 4.30pm – Art Deco Holloway
22nd (Mon) – 6.30pm – Art Deco Arsenal 23rd (Tue) – 11am – The Only Way is Essex Road 24th (Wed) – 11am – Lyrics and limericks (A Footprints of London literary walk) 24th (Wed) – 2.30pm –The Oxford Street of the North (Holloway Heyday) 28th (Sun) – 11am – Sculptures of The Strand 28th (Sun) – 2pm – Leather, Limos & Lubrication (Ghostsigns CovGdn+Soho)
29th (Mon) – 7pm –The Diary Of A Nobody (Mr Pooter's Holloway)
30th (Tue) – 7pm – Lyrics and limericks (A Footprints of London literary walk)
NOVEMBER 4th (Sun) – 11am – Art Deco Shoreditch & Hoxton 4th (Sun) – 3pm – Art Deco Spitalfields & Aldgate
11th (Sun) – 11am – Ghostsigns Camden
21st Wed – 11am –The Oxford Street of the North (Holloway Heyday)
I have lived in Islington, North London, since 1988. I am intrigued by its vibrant and layered history and, as an avid local historian, I have come to know the area very well.
My guiding style is inclusive, open and friendly – I like to engage with the group I am leading and this leads to a marvellous knowledge exchange. Every walking tour I offer is designed and thoroughly researched by Yours Truly – in fact, the research never stops with walks getting amended or added to as new information comes to light.
My varied tours highlight the different facets of my personality and the things I am genuinely interested in such as art and design, sculpture and architecture, pubs, parks, ghostsigns and advertising, all of which I use to tell the social history of an area.
I am forever coming up with new ideas for walking tours – a list of 'works in progress' can be found here. Enquiries and bespoke commissions are always welcome.
And I do venture outside of Islington – please check my listings on Eventbrite.
I hope to see you soon,
Also see my blog Jane's London which is about "the wonderful little details on, around and above London's streets" though it's fair to say that I do have ahave a few rants on there too, mainly about what I call the Dubaiification of London.
My walking tours are a natural progression of the blog I have been writing for almost ten years which is all about my London observations married with collections of my photographs, of which I have many thousands.
For instance, shown here is part of a collection of 'white' places in to tie in with the snowy weather we had in March 2018.
Ghostsigns are the faded advertisements of yesteryear still visible above today's streets mostly in the form of hand-painted letters on brick walls, though they can also be other types of defunct signage for brands or businesses which no longer exist there.
On these tours you'll hear fascinating stories behind the signs. You'll find out about bogus potions, big brands, small traders and clever marketing.
Fabulous Fonts and Friendly Faces – the printing and clock-making industries of Clerkenwell
Cally to Camden (highlights)
Islington On The Edge (walking the border of the borough, though in sections)
A Slice of Islington
It's Hip to Be Square – Bloombury/Fitzrovia/Barnsbury squares etc
Bury me in Islington – inc Canonbury, Highbury and Barnsbury
Hackney Brook – Holloway to Arsenal
New River Walk – Islington to Tottenham (4hr walk either way)
Tufnell Park to Kentish Town (highlights)
Pubs and Taverns of Kentish Town
Little Red Bus – a series of five walking tours following the route of the 153 bus (Finsbury Park to Finsbury Square) with a few deviations to see some interesting and not so well-known places along the way. The route will be split in route into 90-minute walking sections.
If you are interested in any of the above and can organise a group of people* please do get in touch for more info as most of the above can swiftly pulled together and arranged at a mutually convenient date.
If you have ideas of your own, perhaps a particular subject or theme that you are interested in that would make a good walking tour, then please do get in touch. Here are a few ideas – women, artists, animals, shops, churches, children, music, health...
I occasionally provide commentary on Hidden Depths canalboat tours which moor at Granary Steps, Kings Cross. Many tours go through the 200-year Islington Tunnel – a wonderful experience through a marvellous feat of clever engineering. Boat trips can be booked for parties and events. Please contact Hidden Depths for more information
*minimum group size 5 people (adults) or 6 people inc concessions