“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 Tooting Wandering, Saturday 1st September, 12pm- 2.30pm
Explore Tooting’s’ hidden gems in this colourful urban wander. We’ll be visiting an array of interesting places, including the vibrant Tooting Markets, the historic and wild Streatham Cemetery, secret Springfield Hospital, and the magical Sewing Machine Museum. Along the way I’ll share some of Tooting’s amazing stories of people and place! You’ll also be given the chance to document your journey through words and pictures. Bring a camera! Cost: £10.
City at Dawn Walk with Write & Shine, Thursday 6th September, 6.30-9am
Join Gemma of Write and Shine and I for a magical sunrise wandering. As well as exploring a handful of hidden riverside gems at dawn, Gemma will be offering writing prompts that will inspire you to explore the possibilities of the spaces. As part of this wandering we will stroll along a timeless and wondrous street of rare beauty, explore a graffiti tunnel filled with colour & tip-toe down the steps to the Thames foreshore. Cost: £10 (including materials)
Secret Garden Wandering, Sunday 16th September, 11am- 2pm
Explore some of London’s beautiful secret gardens and find out the history 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 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! 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.
Sunset Greenwich Peninsula Wandering, Friday 21st September, 6.30- 8.30pm
Explore Greenwich Peninsula at sundown 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. Meeting at secret location at 6.30pm. Bring a camera! Cost: £10. Book online or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the day.
Secret Canal-Side Wandering, Saturday 27th October, 11am- 2pm
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. I’ll be sharing stories, connecting each space to a dozen others, 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.
"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