14 Jan 2019

An Art Deco Weekend – January 19-20th

I am offering four walks this weekend all about the bold statement architecture that was constructed in the 1930s in a style that has come to be known as 'Art Deco'.
We'll look at many kinds of fabulous fa├žades and I am confident that you'll find your own special 'wow' factor on these tours.
Join me on Saturday in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, and /or on Sunday in Holloway and Arsenal.
Please see the schedules for more information.

15 Dec 2018

About Jane's London Walks

I offer alternative guided tours that encourage people to be a little bit more aware of their surroundings – a sort of physical version of Jane's London (my blog/website).
My walks are friendly strolls about the things that inspire and intrigue me, not just lists of facts, figures and dates, although I do pride myself on my research and cross-referencing. I am especially interested in social and local history and how our high streets have changed over the centuries.

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14 Dec 2018

Make walking a pleasure – vouchers available

Various types are available :
– Single tickets (great as a birthday gift)
– Double tickets (discount for 2 tours on same day)
– Group tickets (discounted rate)
– Private Tours
Find out more here.
Note that you don't need to specify which tour(s) you'll be coming on – this can be allocated at a later date – my vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase 

11 Dec 2018

Schedule 2019

Simply click on any walk title or date/time to view the full description 

1930s Art Deco architecture in Shoreditch and Hoxton
Sat, Jan 19, 11:00am
Behind Spitalfields' Art Deco facades
Sat, Jan 19, 2:00pm

Art Deco Holloway – architectural delights of the 1930s
Sun, Jan 20, 11:00am

Art Deco Arsenal - architectural statements of the 1930s
Sun, Jan 20, 2:00pm

Lyrics and Limericks, Fantasy and Fraud
Sun, Jan 27, 11:00am

The Diary of a Nobody - Mr Pooter's Victorian Holloway
Sun, Jan 27, 2:00pm

Kings Cross Ghostsigns - social history told through advertising
Sat, Feb 2, 10:30am

Gin, drugs and shopping - a Camden ghostsigns trail
Sat, Feb 2, 2:00pm


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Some times and dates shown above may be subject to change – please check the Eventbrite listings
Or visit the events section on my Facebook page.
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5 Dec 2018

A big thanks to everyone who came along to the Archway and Whitecross Street Christmas lights switch-on events in December 2018.
Despite the cold weather and gusty winds in both locations, we had a marvellously jolly time with Santa and the Mayor of Islington plus some great live music and entertainment.


2 Dec 2018

About me

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.
The varied subjects covered in my 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,
Jane

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 a have a few rants on there too, mainly about what I call the Dubaiification of London.

Jane Amelia Parker
Accredited and insured Clerkenwell and Islington CIGA guide 
Member of Footprints of London.
Feedback always welcome 


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23 Oct 2018

Thanks to everyone who came along on my Hallowe'en ghost-themed walks on Wed 31st October as part of the Islington Council event on Navigator Square.

I got some really great feedback including this tweet from Flora: "Loved loved loved the Files! Thanks for the tour. And a great use of our fab new space at Navigator Square."

22 Apr 2018

It's all in the details


My walking tours are a natural progression of Jane's London – my blog/website where for the past decade I have been writing about my London observations and marrying them with collections of my photos such as this collection of 'white' places in to tie in with the snowy weather we had in March 2018. 

19 Apr 2018

Press coverage


Islington Tribune Great hints on history

Islington Gazette Business of the week

Islington Now People have turned into pigeons


Art Deco

What is Art Deco architecture?
We’ve all got a different take on it.

The simple lines, smooth tiles and geometric shapes of the 1930s Jazz Age continue to inspire.

Join me on a walking tour to see a cross-section from this motivational design era.

My Holloway, Arsenal, Shoreditch and Spitalfields walks can all be found here.

Other areas coming soon – please see schedules 

Ghostsigns

Ghostsigns are the faded advertisements of yesteryear still visible above today's streets mostly in the form of hand-painted letters on brick walls although. In my view, the term can also apply to other types of defunct signage for brands or businesses which no longer exist there in the form of embedded names in masonry and metalwork.

On my ghostsign tours you'll hear fascinating stories behind these old forms of advertising such as bogus potions, big brands, small traders and clever marketing.

Info and booking here for walks in Camden, Covent Garden & Soho, Kings Cross, Holloway, Archway and Angel/Upper Street.
Other areas coming soon.

See here for more about ghostsigns.

And, can you help me to decipher this one in Islington?

17 Apr 2018

Coming soon

I am brimming with ideas for more walks.
I just need more time!

Listed below are some tasters of some of my works-in-progress, yet to be completed.
Please also see the News and Events section


  • Art Deco – Highgate/Camden
  • Parks and Recreation (Islington North)
  • Pop Goes The Weasel – up or down the City Road 
  • 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

11 Jan 2018

Every year in October we host our Literary Festivaltaking people out of the pages and onto the streets of London, sort of like a walking-talking bookclub.
There's something for everyone, from Sherlock Holmes to Samuel Pepys via Charles Dickens and the Bloomsbury Set.
For my part, in 2018 I offered my Limericks and Limericks, Fantasy and Fraud and my Diary Of A Nobody (Mr Pooter's Holloway) and these will be available again in 2019, indeed they are still available outside October so do check my listings.
There is usually a fantastic money-saving voucher offer in the form of a Season Ticket. so do look out for that because, quite frankly, it's a bargain and you get to attend as many of the LitFest walks as you like – hell, why not go on them all...?!
More info once the 2019 event is announced.