LESLEY’S WALKS IN LONDON NEIGHBOURHOODS
I specialise in guided history walks in local neighbourhoods in London, in areas bordering but outside the original old City of London. These border areas developed both to serve the walled City and as overflow as the population grew, and as adjacent satellite villages that were eventually absorbed into the metropolis. All are rich in their own history and tales. My walks explore local neighbourhood histories, the lives of those who made their homes and worked here, and how these areas developed and related to the capital of England.
Walks focus on the north and north east fringe of the old City, mostly in the London boroughs of Islington and Hackney. These include: Kings Cross, Pentonville, Clerkenwell, Finsbury, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Haggerston, De Beauvoir, Newington Green, Highbury, Canonbury, Barnsbury and the Angel.
I am one of the Mayor of Islington’s qualified local guides, having successfully completed the Clerkenwell and Islington guiding course at the University of Westminster in 2019.
As restrictions due to the pandemic ease, I have been leading some live small group guided walks since late May.
All walks follow legal requirements and guidance – please be aware that this may change at short notice. I currently walk with a maximum of 10 guests so that we can keep socially distanced.