“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, 16th February, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
Enchanted Chelsea Night Wandering, 22nd March, 6pm - 8pm
Explore and capture enchanted Chelsea and Battersea in this varied night wandering. Starting off at Sloane Square, we will wander down the famous Kings Road, stopping at colourfulBywater 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.
Art in Unexpected Places Wandering, 30th March, 11am- 1.30pm
Discover some of Lambeth’s most inspiring and eclectic art galleries, museums, studios and communities. On this wandering we’ll be visiting a number of hidden gems including a graffiti tunnel, community mosaic project, studios in the sky, contemporary gallery with a quirky cafe and a new museum. The walk will end near Vauxhall. You’ll also get a chance to found out about the stories behind the places. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and journalling. I will show you how I find and archive London gems so that you can think about recording your own explorations.
Ramadan Mosque Tours, 17th March & April 21st, 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 email@example.com and pay on the day.
Secret Southwark, Date and Time, TBC
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 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 unknown cultural gems, a riverside beach and uncover street art
Explore the city’s beautiful hidden 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 street art, mosaic projects and discover lesser known galleries and museums
Explore hidden museums and galleries, a tropical community garden and an urban farm
Climb a hill, explore docklands, and a quirky nature reserve
"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