What you'll do
Hiding in the back alleys and graffiti-covered streets of London's trendy Shoreditch district are 700 hundred years of history waiting to be explored. We’ll visit the site of England’s first mental health hospital, founded in 1247, discover why French Huguenots made London their home in 1685, and relive the horrors of Jack the Ripper in 1888. We’ll grab a bite to eat at a 120-year-old bagel shop and snack on a sweet treat made with cardamom and nuts from a local Indian deli. This is a walking tour like no other, offering a unique reflection on the patterns of history with commentary and insights on how these patterns continue to influence the lives of Londoners today, while enjoying the foods, fashion, and bursting creativity of one London’s most bustling districts.
I'm a writer, artist, storyteller, and history enthusiast and I’ve been living in East London for 15 years. Being an immigrant myself, the stories of those coming to London through the ages in search of their fortune have always intrigued me. It's a story that continues today and it's one I want to share with you. Hopefully it will make you fall in love with this city as I did.
Beverages I'll provide a coffee as well as one drink at the pub where we finish.
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Where you'll be
We’ll enjoy a jam-packed five-hour walk. Highlights include Artillery Lane, Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane, and the Huguenot houses of Fournier Street. We’ll also admire the Battle of Cable Street mural before reaching our final stop, The Prospect of Whitby—a pub on the banks of the River Thames. My experience can be inclusive for guests with mobility and hearing impairment or learning disability. Get in touch if you have any questions.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Everyone is welcome but keep in mind that it is a substantial walk. Children under the age of 12 may find it to be a long day and the same goes for anyone who needs a walking aid or has difficulty walking long…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Dress prepared for the weather and bring a camera. You’ll need a day travel card for Zone 1-2. Snacks are not provided but there will be plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshments.
Hike historic East End with a writer