“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.
Secret Canal-Side Wandering, Sunday 28th October, 11am- 1.30pm
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 email@example.com and pay on the day.
Wondrous Walworth Wandering, 22nd December, 2pm- 4.30pm
Explore weird and wondrous Walworth on this unique urban wander. We’ll be visiting one of London’s oldest and most colourful market’s, exploring St Peter’s church (the first church to be designed by Sir John Soane) and taking a trip to Chumleigh Multicultural Garden hidden within Burgess Park. We’ll also explore a whole lot of other hidden gems and stories in this little known area, once home to Britain’s first giraffes, and birth place of Charlie Chaplin. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
Magical Mews and Sacred Corners Night Wandering, January 11th, 6- 8.30pm
Discover some of Kensington’s prettiest mews and sacred spaces on this magical night wandering. We’ll be traversing secret tunnels, visiting a Russian Orthodox Church, a beautiful oratory as well as a number of other hidden spaces. Find out some of the stories that make the area so interesting and capture London at night. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at email@example.com and pay on the day.
Secret Dalston Wanderings, Airbnb, Dates Vary
Meet me at Dalston where we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems including a secret garden, a vibrant multicultural market and a beautiful Turkish mosque. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city. The experience will end at Clissold park, where we will reflect on our travels over tea, through group journaling. I will show you how I find and archive London gems so that you can think about recording your own explorations.
Enchanted Chelsea Wandering, Date TBC, 11am- 2pm
Explore and capture enchanted Chelsea and Battersea in this varied wandering. Starting off at Sloane Square, we will wander down the famous Kings Road, stopping at the highly instagrammable Bywater 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! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
Secret Southwark, Date TBC, 11am- 2:30pm
Join me for a circular wander from Canada Water to Surrey Quays. We’ll be following the pretty Albion channel down to a quirky and colourful a ecological park, take in the views of London from Stave Hill and visit farm animals at Surrey Docks City Farm. We’ll also be exploring the historical Greenland dock and I’ll share some of the stories of the people and places that make the area so interesting. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at email@example.com and pay on the day.
"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