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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City at Sunrise, (Living London X Write & Shine) Thursday 5 September, 6.30am-9am

Join Gemma (Write & Shine) and I for a unique dawn creative walk and writing wandering in Chelsea and Battersea. Starting off at Sloane Square, we will wander down the famous Kings Road, passing by a myriad of hidden gems including the Royal Hospital Chelsea for retired veterans, colourful Bywater Street and Chelsea Physic Garden. We’ll be crossing the iconic Albert Bridge into Battersea Park where you will discover the area’s magical stories of people & places in a secret garden, and write your own. Cost: £25 including breakfast.

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Book Lovers Wandering, Saturday 12th October, 11am - 1.30pm

Discover London’s most beautiful and interesting bookshops and libraries discover the stories behind them in this cosy urban wandering. Starting off at Daunt Books in Marylebone we’ll wander towards Persephone Books in Russell Square exploring a handful of literary gems on the way including. You’ll get a chance to learn the owners, caretakers and visitors that make the spaces so interesting. Each walker will also be given a comprehensive list of lesser known libraries and bookshops across the city. THIS WANDERING TAKES PLACE ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Cost: £15. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Erith Wandering, Sunday 13th October, 11am - 1pm

Explore Erith's hidden riverside gems on this wondrous and varied wandering. Starting off at Riverside Gardens we'll be walking towards Erith Yacht club, on the way we'll be passing by and stopping off at various locations including Grade II listed Christ Church, the historical Carnegie Building (formerly Erith library) and wild stretches of the Thames path. Discover the history, stories, projects and people that make the area so interesting and learn more about nearby hidden gems waiting to be explored, including a beautiful Victorian Sewage Works, an iconic film location and a sprawling RSPB nature reserve. FREE! Part of the Erith Regeneration Programme.

Secret Tooting Wandering (as part of the Tootopia festival), Saturday 21st September, 2pm - 4pm

My hometown of Tooting, 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. Starting off at Tooting Broadway we’ll wander towards Tooting Bec stopping off at various spaces along the way. Cost: £15. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Canal-Side Wandering, Sunday 20th October, 11am- 1.30pm

Join me for an autumnal 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. I’ll be sharing stories of the people and communities that make the spaces so special and connect each hidden space to a dozen others, giving you an insight into some of London’s hidden communities. THIS WANDERING TAKES PLACE ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Cost: £15. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Dalston 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 Gardens Wandering, Saturday 5th October, 11am- 1.30pm

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 hidden 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. THIS WANDERING TAKES PLACE ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Cost: £15. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Shoreditch Wandering, Saturday 26th October, 11- 1.30pm

Discover hidden East London gem. Embark on a wandering tour around some of the area’s secret spaces, brought to life through storytelling and anecdotes of people and place. Starting off at in Shoreditch 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. THIS WANDERING TAKES PLACE ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Cost: £15. Book online or RSVP at info@livinglondon.org and pay on the day. 

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Secret Tooting 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.


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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Shoreditch

Explore community gardens, quirky shops and cafes, markets and a city farm

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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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Peckham

Explore interesting cafes, shops, a cemetery, Japanese garden and the South London gallery

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Kings Cross

Explore secret gardens, churches, cafes and community projects and discover the unique history of the area

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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

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Hoxton

Explore community gardens, quirky shops, markets, the hidden canal-side gems and colourful mosques and museums

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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Finsbury Park

Explore wetlands, wander through the longest nature reserve in London, traverse woods and discover vibrant high streets

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Streatham

Explore places of worship, art deco buildings, secret gardens, local community projects and quirky cafes

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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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Bethnal Green

Explore canal-side parks, churches, markets, temples, a museum of Childhood and a myriad of other hidden gems

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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

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Forest Hill

Explore the wondrous Horniman’s Museum, hidden nature reserves, quirky galleries and artist studios

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Dalston

Explore beautiful spaces, gardens. houses and community projects and get to know this fast changing and eclectic area of Hackney

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