Theme: History

Stoke Newington and Newington Green

This walk starts in Newington Green on the edge of Islington, which has a rich history. The second half of the walk is along Church St, an oasis of cafes, restaurants and pubs – a route featured in the Eurostar magazine in 2017. At one end is a medieval church and at the other the fabulously gothic Abney Park cemetery.

Camden Town to Kentish Town

Either Kentish Town and Camden Market or the “Museum Mile” in the Bloomsbury district between the British Museum and British Library, covering general local history, theatre (particularly of East and North London) and that great British obsession, football.

Stratford

This Greet is focused on the regenerated Olympic Park area in Stratford and the historical parts of the surrounding area of East London.

Marylebone and Regents Park

Marylebone’s buildings are mostly Georgian, Regency and late Victorian. You can see examples of all three during your Greet. Also included in this Greet is a visit to Regents Park which many consider to be the most beautiful of the London Royal Parks.

Bloomsbury

This Greet will include a visit to the fascinating Bloomsbury area. The walk will cover Russell and Brunswick Squares, including the British Museum, the University area, Gordon and Tavistock Square, and the Brunswick Centre.

Hampstead Village

This Greet covers Hampstead Village, New End, Church Row, Hampstead Parish Church, Fenton House and Whitestone Pond.

St John’s Wood, Little Venice and Abbey Road

The two-hour walk passes the Abbey Road recording studio and Lord’s Cricket ground, through St Johns Wood and Maida Vale’s 100 years of residential architecture and finishes on the Regent’s canal and Little Venice basin. An optional extra hour on this Greet allows for a canal ride through Regent’s Park to finish at Camden Market.

St Katherine’s Dock and Wapping

his walk follows the north bank of the river Thames from The Tower to Wapping; looking at the history and developments of the London Docks and the communities who have lived here.

Spitalfields and Brick Lane

This walk looks at the history of immigration that has been the foundation of this interesting and vibrant area. The walk includes visits to vintage/retro markets and street food stalls including the curry restaurants of Brick Lane.

South Hackney: Shoreditch and Haggerston

This walk covers the social and domestic history of this part of South Hackney up to the gentrification of today. It includes visits to Haggerston Park, the Regents Canal and weekend street markets.

The City

From little secrets left behind by the Romans to modern architecture, the visitor will get a glimpse of the City’s rich background.

Soho

The Soho Greet is focused on the last 200 hundred years and the cultural blooming that made Soho one of the most exciting places to be in the world. Expect amazing surprises about little known facts of the area and an excellent food scene.

Greenwich Old Town and Maritime

This Greet focuses on the Greenwich old town centre and the wider World Heritage Site.

Kensington

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) is the largest museum of art and design in the world, housed in a historic Victorian building.

Hampstead

Kenwood House is a hidden gem in Hampstead. Hampstead itself is known for its beautiful Georgian architecture and the wooded Hampstead Heath.

Greenwich

Take in Maritime Greenwich before visiting the Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory with one of the finest views across London

St James

A fascinating area of London. On this Greet, hear stories of the history of this area where Nelson met Wellington, Charles I was executed and negotiations to prevent a world war took place.

Mayfair

This Mayfair Greet takes in locations connected with people as diverse as Edward Heath, John Adams, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, Handel, Oscar Wilde and Theodore Roosevelt. Mayfair holds its allure on the Monopoly board for good reason.

Camden

This Greet starts in the now redeveloped King’s Cross. The walk combines between the everyday hustle and bustle of the streets with the serene beauty and peace of the inter-connecting canal towpath and Camden’s famous markets.

Paul Jameson

Paul has lived in Camden for over 35 years. He travelled the world as a DJ in clubs and on radio before settling in London in the early eighties.

Julia Gay

Julia has been a London Greeter since 2012. She has lived in Hackney and worked in East London for over 30 years.

Dorothy Gonsalves

Dorothy is a former civil servant in Westminster and is experienced in the workings of government and parliament. Now retired, she volunteers at the V&A museum in Kensington and Kenwood House in Hampstead.

Michael Rabin

Michael had a career in the law, both as a practitioner and as a judge. He has travelled widely throughout the world.

Laurence Olins

Laurence is a semi-retired businessman/investor who lives and works in St Johns Wood in North London

Ruth Swirsky

Ruth has lived in Stoke Newington for over thirty years. Ruth is a former teacher with a love of local history, and her London ‘village’.

Mike Eden

Mike has been a Greeter since 2012. He was born in London and has spent most of his working life as a teacher in and around London.

Maggie Reeves

Maggie was born in Manchester and came to London in 1966 and has lived in Walthamstow since 1985. Now retired, she has worked in teaching and libraries.

Dominic Flint

Dominic is a qualified Westminster Tour Guide. He particularly enjoys themed walks, for example the fight for women’s suffrage, or the development of club government, but equally enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the development of architecture that makes Westminster such a special place to visit.

Paul Olins

Paul is London born and has spent his life there. He is passionate about London and is happy to share his knowledge of the city.

Roger Mason

Roger is Vice Chair of the London Greeters. He was born in Camden and has lived or worked there all his life.