“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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.
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 email@example.com and pay on the day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
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 email@example.com and pay on the day.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Explore a vibrant street market, a multi-cultural garden, and a hidden crypt
Explore hidden mews, beautiful churches and characterful green spaces
Explore a striking temple, canal side hidden gems and an iron age hill fort
Explore a mosque, canal-side gems, enjoy views of London form a hill top and discover London’s most vibrant market
Explore hidden markets, a cemetery, the grounds of a Victorian psychiatric hospital and a unique museum
Explore gardens, houses, a museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Explore unknown cultural gems, a riverside beach and uncover street art
Explore the city’s beautiful hidden gardens
Explore a secret garden centre, meadows, and gardens
Watch the planes take off from Heathrow, explore an expansive country park and visit an ancient church
Explore an animal farm, markets, the remains of an old chapter house and a National Trust park
Explore a city farm, traverse an underground tunnel, visit the beautiful naval colleges, characterful markets and a royal park
Explore community greenhouses, markets and the Black Cultural Archives
Explore riverside sculptures, a nature reserve, quarries and the iconic flood barriers
Explore hidden museums and galleries, a tropical community garden and an urban farm
Explore street art, mosaic projects and discover lesser known galleries and museums
Climb a hill, explore docklands, and a quirky nature reserve
Explore hidden canal-side gems including a community garden, graffiti yard and the Trellick Tower
"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