Upcoming Wanderings

Living London wanderings offer you the opportunity to explore parts of London that remain relatively unknown and under-explored. The wanderings bring London’s magical hidden gems to life through storytelling and anecdotes of people and place. Each walk lasts about 2.5 hours including stop-offs at various locations. 

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Enchanted Chelsea & Battersea Wandering, POSTPONED

Explore and capture enchanted Chelsea and Battersea in this varied sunset wandering. Starting off at Sloane Square, we will wander down the famous Kings Road, stopping at colourfu lBywater Street, before wandering across the beautiful Albert Bridge and into Battersea Park where you’ll have the chance to explore hidden gardens, as well at the Japanese Pagoda. We’ll end at the iconic Battersea Power Station. Bring a camera (and a torch)! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Canal-Side Wandering, 27th April, 11:00- 1pm

Join me for a canal-side wander from Warwick Avenue to Westbourne Park. Along the way we’ll be visiting London’s oldest gardening centre Clifton Nurseries, wandering through the whimsical Meanwhile Community Gardens and taking in Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower. Along the way I’ll be sharing stories, connecting each space to a dozen others and giving you an insight into some of London’s hidden communities. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Greenwich Peninsula Wandering, 26th May 11am- 1.30pm

Explore secret riverside gems on this cosmic wander from North Greenwich to the Thames Barrier. Along the way we’ll follow the line art trail, seeking out a Bullet from a Shooting Star and a Slice of Reality, look out for birds at the wild Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, wander through the historic Angerstein Wharf and end at Thames Barrier. Discover a myriad of strange and interesting stories along the way Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret East London Wandering, Airbnb, Dates Vary

Dalston is a diverse, vibrant and fast-changing area, home to a growing creative community. On this wandering we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems, old and new, including a secret garden, a vibrant multicultural market, a colourful house, a Victorian cemetery and a beautiful Turkish mosque. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city.

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Secret South London Night Wandering, Airbnb, Dates Vary

My hometown of Tooting, recently named in Lonely Planet as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world to live in, is full of wondrous hidden gems. From vibrant multicultural markets to a beautiful bingo hall housed in an iconic Grade I cinema, I'll share the stories behind these gems as well as introduce you to the communities and individuals that make Tooting such a special place.

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Ramadan Mosque Tours, Date TBC, 11am- 11.45am

Explore and discover the secret history of Ramadan Mosque, a former synagogue and the first Turkish Cypriot mosque established in The UK. Find out about the eclectic and diverse community the mosque serves, meet Egg, an undertaker and chairman of the mosque, who’s dad bought the building in 1977, meet the cats that its home too and discover what makes the mosque such a unique, interesting and inclusive space. ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS RESTORING THE MOSQUE AND HISTORIC BUILDING. Bring a camera! Suggested Donation: £10. RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 


Living London Wanderings

Part of a group? Looking for something new and inspiring to do in London? Book onto a private wandering and explore the city’s hidden gems, community spaces and secret stories. For more information about any of the below wanderings email me at info@livinglondon.org


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Walworth

Explore a vibrant street market, a multi-cultural garden, and a hidden crypt

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Kensington

Explore hidden mews, beautiful churches and characterful green spaces

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Alperton

Explore a striking temple, canal side hidden gems and an iron age hill fort

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Camden

Explore a mosque, canal-side gems, enjoy views of London form a hill top and discover London’s most vibrant market

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Tooting

Explore hidden markets, a cemetery, the grounds of a Victorian psychiatric hospital and a unique museum

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Chelsea

Explore gardens, houses, a museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Southbank

Explore unknown cultural gems, a riverside beach and uncover street art

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Secret Gardens

Explore the city’s beautiful hidden gardens

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Richmond

Explore a secret garden centre, meadows, and gardens

Hounslow

Hounslow

Watch the planes take off from Heathrow, explore an expansive country park and visit an ancient church

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River Wandle

Explore an animal farm, markets, the remains of an old chapter house and a National Trust park

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Greenwich

Explore a city farm, traverse an underground tunnel, visit the beautiful naval colleges, characterful markets and a royal park

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Brixton

Explore community greenhouses, markets and the Black Cultural Archives

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Greenwich Peninsula

Explore riverside sculptures, a nature reserve, quarries and the iconic flood barriers

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Vauxhall

Explore hidden museums and galleries, a tropical community garden and an urban farm

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Secret Lambeth

Explore street art, mosaic projects and discover lesser known galleries and museums

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Southwark

Climb a hill, explore docklands, and a quirky nature reserve

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Westbourne Park

Explore hidden canal-side gems including a community garden, graffiti yard and the Trellick Tower

Saira is a brilliant guide and an excellent host. I’ve done many guided walks in London and hers was unique - she has boundless curiosity and was able to show me places that I’ve never heard of, let alone been to! Her love of London is also infectious and I left feeling inspired to venture out on my own wanderings more often. If you want to get to know the real London, from a Londoner, I’d highly recommend Saira’s walks.
— Charlotte

"Saira's walk through Dalston was absolutely great!! She knows her stuff and showed me lots of really fascinating and beautiful places you wouldn't see if you were just walking through Dalston on your own. Besides her knowledge, Saira is super friendly and funny – so I'll definitely come back for more tours!" 

-Marion, Secret Dalston Wandering

"This tour is for anyone who wishes to explore non-touristy areas in London (particularly Hackney). My favourite activity was the picnic we had in the cemetery. Made some new friends and Saira (tour guide now turned friend) made sure everyone felt included and comfortable. She's knowledgable, charismatic and does her best to fit everyone's request( for e.g. slower walking pace esp for ppl with bad knees). Thank you Saira!"                   

-Syakila, Secret Dalston Wandering