“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, Date/ Time TBC
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.
Hidden Hoxton Wandering and Workshop, 9th May & 11th July, 7:00 - 9.30 pm
Discover East London’s secret gems and stories on this evening wandering. Starting off at Ace Hotel we’ll wander towards Hoxton, stopping off at various locations including Hoxton Community Garden, Monster Supplies and the Geffrey Museum. You’ll be introduced to various community projects along the way as well as learn about secret gems across London. Following the wandering, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own unique tour back at a workshop at Ace Hotel. Bring a camera! Cost: £10, Book via link below. In partnership with Ace Hotel London.
Secret Shoreditch Wandering, 13th June, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Discover secret Shoreditch gems on this urban wandering. Starting off at Ace Hotel we’ll wander in the direction of Brick Lane, stopping off at various locations including the historical Boundary Gardens, 19 Princelet Street and a colourful community garden. You’ll be introduced to various community projects along the way as well as learn about secret gems across London. Following the wandering, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own unique tour back at a workshop at Ace Hotel. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book via link below. In partnership with Ace Hotel London.
Secret Gardens Wandering, Saturday 15th June, 11am - 2:00pm
Explore some of London’s beautiful secret gardens and find out the stories behind them! We’ll be visiting some very special gardens on this wandering, including the imaginative and dreamy St Dunstan-in-the-East church garden, a hiddden community garden with a little library, and Cross Bones, an old burial ground for paupers and prostitutes recently made into a community garden, a moving place of remembrance. Bring a camera! Also feel free to bring a packed lunch as there will be an opportunity to have a picnic at the end. 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.
Greenwich Peninsula Wandering, Saturday 13th July, 11am - 1.30pm
Explore Greenwich Peninsula on this wondrous and cosmic riverside wandering. Along the way we’ll be following The Line sculpture trail, seeking out ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ and ‘Quantum Cloud,’ we'll look out for birds in the area surrounding Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, we’ll wander through the historic Angerstein Wharf and end at Thames Barrier, one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. I’ll be sharing stories of the people and places that make the area so interesting. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
Secret South London 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.
Magical Mews and Sacred Corners, Saturday 17th August, 11am - 1:30pm
Explore some of Kensington’s prettiest mews and sacred spaces on this magical summer wandering. Starting off at the grand and atmospheric Brompton Oratory, we’ll be traversing secret tunnels and green spaces, visiting a Russian Orthodox Church and passing by the stunning Royal Albert Hall. Discover some of the stories of the people connected to the area, from painters and car racers to film makers. You’ll have the opportunity to document your journey through words and pictures. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at email@example.com and pay on the day.
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 community gardens, quirky shops and cafes, markets and a city farm
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 interesting cafes, shops, a cemetery, Japanese garden and the South London gallery
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
Explore community gardens, quirky shops, markets, the hidden canal-side gems and colourful mosques and museums
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 wetlands, wander through the longest nature reserve in London, traverse woods and discover vibrant high streets
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 canal-side parks, churches, markets, temples, a museum of Childhood and a myriad of other hidden gems
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
Explore the wondrous Horniman’s Museum, hidden nature reserves, quirky galleries and artist studios
"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