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. I then completed a similar guiding course for Camden in 2023. I have been passionate about London history for many years, enjoyed many walks led by a variety of fantastic guides, collected a library of London books and attended several other history courses at the Bishopsgate Institute, City Lit and the Corporation of London.
I can also draw on the support of wonderful colleagues within the guiding community, for example in helping with larger groups, or suggesting experts for some highly specialised subject or location requests.
To be added to my mailing list, for occasional updates and details of upcoming walks, please email or message me.
Phone/text/WhatsApp: +44 7968 802471
’X’ (Twitter) @lesleywalks
Local links for for history, architecture and walking inspiration:
Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association – the professional association for the Mayor of Islington’s Guides
Islington History Centre – Islington and Clerkenwell archives
The Islington Society – conservation and regeneration of Islington’s built environment
The Hackney Society – conservation and regeneration of Hackney’s built environment
Hackney Archives – more local archives
Walk Hackney – fellow guide Sean Gubbins, who concentrates exclusively on Hackney borough
Camden Guides – the professional association for the Mayor of Camden’s Guides
Camden History Society – the social and architectural history of Camden Borough
Camden Archives – more local archives
Spitalfields Life – daily tales of the East End and surrounding areas
A London Inheritance – a weekly in-depth exploration of small areas of London, also leads guided walks
Footways – a network of quiet and interesting streets for walking in inner London
Islington map: (c) The British Library Board (Maps.Crace.XV.48.(1))
Clerkenwell map: (c) The British Library Board (Maps.K.Top.28.5.a)