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I hope you've been enjoying my little spontaneous videos on Facebook. Scroll down for more info.


Social distancing restrictions have been slightly lifted and I am still walking some of my routes, so why not join me...?
My schedule can be found here.
Please do contact me for more info if you'd like to join me as space is, of course, still limited.

More dates to be announced soon – please do keep checking in.
Requests please – don't be shy – one person picks a time and date, I put it on here and we quickly get other like-minded souls joining in.
Or how about organising a walk for a group of family/friends? – this could be one of my pre-planned tours or a bespoke request in a certain area – please get in touch in touch

For inspiration, a list of all my tours by location and subject matter can be found here
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What else is happening during lockdown?

I have been going for a lot of walks and I am still discovering unusual places buildings that I had never noticed in the past, even just around the corner from my home. Those people who say, "been there, seen that, done that" must be blind!

As above, I have started making occasional short videos. These are ununscripted amateur things, talking about something I have just happened upon when I am out for a wander. Each video is approx 5mins long, similar in length to a stop on a guided walk. Find them on my Facebook Page here.  I will do some short 10 second bursts for my Instagram @janeslondon too.

New Art Deco walks – please keep an eye on the schedule. I also created a map of some of them. See here.
 
Virtual tours – Some of my fellow Footprints of London guides are now offering virtual tours via Zoom. You buy a ticket as normal then use the link and passcode to join the tour from the comfort of your sofa or garden. I did consider doing this myself, but with so many other ideas on the boil I have let it simmer for a while. Click here to join the mailing list for updates or check into this page for news. 

Reasearch, reading and writing – A lot of my sitting down time has been spent on research as this lockdown has enabled me to finally apply myself to some serious research. There are two sites in Islington that I have long been fascinated by. One site is a big department store in Holloway, that some of you might have heard about on my Deco and Victorian walks, and the other is a market. Both subjects have kept me engrossed, lost in newspaper archives and old books, and what I originally thought would be just be a bit of back-up information now looks to be evolving into two books which creates another project in itself, how to get them into print? I will probably self-publish so that I can do the design and layout myself, but any advice is welcome.

New walks in the making – I am pulling together info for a circular walk around the Finsbury Park area and another following the New River Path through Haringey, Hackney and Islington. This will probably be available in sections. We'll follow not just the bits we can see and access today but the longer meandering route shown on Rocque's 1746 map.

Please watch this space for further updates. 
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Art Deco walks
Piccadilly, Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Smithfield and more – just click here for more info
What is Art Deco?

Deco in the City, alleys that we walk through.
The Square Mile isn't all high rise glass (something I call The Dubaiification of London)... there are some marvellous 1920s and 1930s architectural gems still to be found. I have put together a trail linking my favourites some of which are hidden away in sidestreets.  Find out more here.
The title of this walk is based on this song.

More Deco/1930s tours in other areas coming soon – do let me know if there is a part of London that you are specifically interested in and I will endeav to push that one to the top of my 'To Do' list.

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Walk Like an Egyptian 
A pair of tours to tie in with the amazing Treasures of The Pharaoh exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery that had to close early due to Covid-19.
If you didn't get your King Tut fix why not join me on a trail of Egypt-related sculpture, reliefs and motifs on the streets around central London... We'll see pharoahs and gods, obelisks, sphinxes and more.
Please note that this is a longer than usual walk covering +3 miles and is therefore available as two halves with a refreshment break between. For those of you who want to do the full tour (and, of course you do!) a discounted rate applies.



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Kings Cross and The Ladykillers 
It's amazing how much the Kings Cross area behind the station has changed so much in the last ten years, though the streets to the north are almost the same as they were in the much-loved 1955 film. 
Using archive historical reference and stills from the movie we'll make comparisons of then and now
The walk starts in the residential streets north of Euston Road and then continues northwards between the stations following, as near as possible, the route of the farcical heist, ending over the railway line just like Alec Guinness!
Along the way you'll be able to discover more about the area's rich history – a far cry from when we see today. More info here.


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For an overview of all my walking tours by location/theme just click here 

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Discounts and offers for loyal customers / serial offenders!

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CAMDEN TOURS

Art Deco – Cigarettes and Alcohol
A wide range of excellent examples of modernist architecture can be found in this area of NW1. We visit large factory buildings, residential buildings and shop fronts, and talk about how the forward-looking style was a force for good after hard times.
One attendee, who has been on all of my Art Deco walks, said this Camden one was his favourite.
More Art Deco walks available in Holloway, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, Arsenal/FinsburyPark – others to be announced later in the year. 

Ghostsigns – gin, drugs and shopping
Ghostsigns are the remains of old advertising or signage for a company or business that is no longer valid at that site. As per my other walks on this theme* these tours are not just about the advertisements and how they were painted – I use them to talk about the changing social history of the area and the often intriguing stories behind the bygone products and businesses.
Hear about this area of NW1 before the mass produced Banksys and big brands.
More Ghostsigns walks available in Covent Garden and Soho, Upper Street, Regents Canal (Islington), Kings Cross and Holloway. 

Coming soon... Ghostsigns Camden Road to Kentish Town which includes some interesting gems and fascinating stories behind the signs about the changing face of the area. 

See here for 'works in progress'

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Discounts when paying in person
I occasionally do market stalls at local events where I sell my cards and prints cheaper than they are on my Etsy site.
At these events tickets for my guided walks can be pre-purchased at discounted rates.
Check the schedule for dates

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WALKS ALONG THE REGENTS CANAL
Local and social history, architecture and advertising.


Boxes, Babies, Beans and Bras – a ghostsigns trail of still-visible decades-old signage above and around the Regents Canal in Islington showcasing the diverse range of products and services made and sold in this area.


Wharves, Waterways and Windmills – a 2hr circular route from City Road Basin, following the borough border between Islington and Hackney, looking at how the canal has evolved into to become a desirable place to live, work and relax. Hear about the kinds of products and businesses of old that pre-1960s used to make this a noisy, dirty, no-go zone. Oh how times have changed

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Mudlarking tours along the Thames foreshore

This is still bubbling away as a work in progress...
You might already be aware that I hold a Port of London Authority foreshore licence and make jewellery, accessories and various other arty things from the fragments of clay smoking pipes that I select from the banks of the River Thames at low tide. 
The plan is to organise a guided walk which will include a visit to the foreshore with time for mudlarking. Please do get in touch if this is something you'd be interested in – if enough people are keen I will move this to the top of my 'To Do' list.
Another similar tour is also in the pipeline (see what I did there!) and this will be craft-based, ending in a cafe or similar where attendees get creative and learn how to turn their finds into something useful or wearable. 
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Gift Vouchers available

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Canal boat tours

My lovely friends at Hidden Depths offer boat trips along the Regents Canal May-October. Often people require a guide/commentary and that's where I step in. The canal is riddled with history and interesting facts that it's tough to know what not to talk about!
The boats moor at Granary Steps, Kings Cross. Tours can be organised to go west towards Camden or east through Islington Tunnel to City Road Basin. For more details, please contact Barbara on 07456 0845584

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Save The Swans event and made this such an enjoyable day. It was a lovely surprise to see a few good friends too!! We raised approx £1000 to care for birds injured on our waterways.
More fundraisers coming soon 

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Some of my photographs are available as greeting cards, prints and posters. Most of the images are from North London but others are available on request.
Buy in person at The Only Place For Pictures and Oxfam Bookshop in UpperSt, N1, or from Treehouse giftshop and Oxfam Books and Music in Crouch End.
Buy online through my Etsy shop.
Facebook page for Jane's London cards and prints
Also see my website www.janeslondon.com

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All enquiries: jane@janeslondon.com
Please also see TripAdvisor, Facebook Instagram and Twitter @janeslondon #janeslondon 

To keep up to date with new walks and relevant info, please subscribe for updates.