Islington, Camden and Hackney boroughs have been my home for all of my adult life, and it is now my privilege and pleasure to guide in these local London neighbourhoods. I am particularly fascinated by how these ‘villages’ on the edges of the old City of London developed over the years. My walks explore both social history – the people who made their homes and worked here – and the influences of the underlying landscape of rivers, hills and old roads on the layout and architecture.

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 qualified on a similar course to become one of the Mayor of Camden’s local guides 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 am an active member of my guiding associations and also various local history groups such as London Historians, The Islington Society, Camden History Society and The Hackney Society. When planning walks, I can 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.

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Email: walk@lesleythompson.co.uk

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