North London Walks

Footprints of London
Monday 2pm-4pm

Tutor: Various tour guides from Footprints of London

Footprints of London is delighted to partner with HLSI to bring you a programme of Monday afternoon walks and tours. We are a collective of independent, qualified and insured London tour guides. All our guides research and write their own walks and tours based on their own interests bringing unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm to the stories they tell.  We are where Londoners walk. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to love London just a little bit more with our autumn programme outlined below.

Owing to the uncertainty of the situation with COVID-19 we are currently unable to confirm whether or not we will be able to lead group walks by September. As guides we have the situation under constant review with our primary consideration being the safety of all concerned, bearing in mind social distancing requirements and permitted group sizes. In view of this we will be offering this as a 'hybrid' programme – depending on the circumstances at the time the walks will either be on street walks (which is our preference, if possible) or virtual tours.

Ideally we would like to lead these as on-street group walks and have planned a programme of local, North London walks to minimise travelling distance to and from the start and finish points. Should restrictions mean we are unable to walk as a group we will deliver each walk as a virtual tour via Zoom. Following the virtual tour you will be sent a map and outline of the route covered to enable you to follow it as a self-guided tour in your own time.

Group walks will commence at 2pm and last two hours. Indicative location of the start point for each tour is shown below. The guide will send you precise details of the meeting point six days prior to the tour.

Virtual tours will also commence at 2pm and will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes, including time for questions and discussion. The guide will send you the Zoom link prior to the tour.


14/09/20. The Head of the Moselle. Your Guide: Jen Pedler. The Moselle is Haringey's hidden river. It runs for 7.5 miles across the borough from Highgate in the west to Tottenham in the east. This walk traces the start of its route from its source in Queen's Wood to the outskirts of Wood Green. Although the river is covered over after it leaves Queen's Wood we will find evidence of it flowing beneath our feet. Start: Queen's Wood Café. Finish: Turnpike Lane

21/09/20. From Streamform to Arts and Crafts: Suburban Architecture 1914 – 1939. Your Guide: Marilyn Greene. Starting at the Modernist East Finchley station, this walk goes back in time looking at architectural styles from between the wars on the North side of Hampstead Garden Suburb finishing with arts and crafts cottages. I’m a life long resident of Hampstead Garden Suburb and involved in local heritage organisations. Start: East Finchley Station. Finish: Falloden Way, NW11

28/09/20. From Hay to Houses: Stroud Green Revisited. Your Guide: Oonagh Gay. Find out how Stroud Green turned from a nice to place to go for the weekend for Elizabethans, to one of London’s suburbs, with a reputation for radical protest. We will discover where radical conscientious objectors lived at the time of the First World War, and learn about the black supplementary schools movement which thrived against the racism suffered by the Afro-Caribbean community. We will walk on the Parkland Walk, and gaze up on one of the New River reservoirs, while we learn how the railways made Stroud Green. Start: Stroud Green Road. Finish: Ossian Rd, N14

05/10/20. Secrets of Hampstead Garden Suburb. Your Guide: Anthony Davis. My family and I have lived in 'the Suburb' almost since it was founded, and I have studied and written on the Suburb for my Masters degree in Architectural History at UCL The Bartlett. The walk covers the development of the Suburb, stories of some of its famous residents and my favourite buildings. Start: Bull and Bush pub, North End Road. Finish: Golders Green Station

12/10/20. Entertaining Islington. Your Guide: Stephen Benton. An exploration of theatrical and musical entertainment in Islington over the last one hundred and fifty years. Starting from back rooms of public houses, we see how places of entertainment developed and learn about today’s venues which are a mixture of repurposed buildings and purpose built venues. Start: Angel Station.  Finish: Highbury and Islington Station

19/10/20. Modernist Hampstead. Your Guide: Marilyn Greene. Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic and idealistic Isokon flats in Belsize Park. I am a former curator of Hampstead Museum and volunteer at 2 Willow Road since it opened. Start: Hampstead Station. Finish: Belsize Park

02/11/20. Highgate: Over the hill to far away. Your Guide: Jiff Bayliss. As well discussing its alleged or actual people associated with it, the walk will explore Highgate’s origins and how and why it has kept its village character. Covering 600 years, you discover things you never knew and new things about things you thought you knew! Start: Highgate Underground Station. Finish: Archway Underground Station

09/11/20. Around Highbury. Your Guide: Stephen Benton. Highbury is one of those places that does not seem to have a centre, so it is hard to get a fix on. In this walk we explore various aspects of Highbury, hearing about some of its former famous residents from dog show promoter, Charles Cruft to fashion designer Alexander McQueen and how Highbury Fields was planned to be part of a much bigger park stretching all the way to Finsbury Park. Start: Highbury & Islington Station. Finish: Arsenal Station

16/11/20. Luvvies, Laughter and the Lido: Entertainment in Crouch End. Your Guide: Oonagh Gay. Crouch End has always been a place of entertainment. There were the races at Alexandra Palace, a cinema and recording studios as well as professional theatre school, a nationally known photographer and more. Of course Crouch End is high on the current London league of luvvies and we will talk about that too, as well as the iconic lido, a survivor from the 1930s. And the clocktower records the success of the man who saved the green spaces around us. Start: Hornsey Town Hall Finish: Crouch End Clocktower

23/11/20. Hampstead's Western Heights. Your Guide: Anthony Davis. Starting at Hampstead tube station we explore the lesser-known western side of Hampstead. It is a feast of Edwardian and 20c architecture with buildings by many of the most important architects from Norman Shaw to contem poraries. Some were built by the architects for themselves and some for famous clients from actors to artists and we hear some of their stories. Start/Finish: Hampstead Station

30/11/20. Archway, My Way. Your Guide: Jen Pedler. I’ve lived in Archway for over thirty years. Let me show you my manor! On this walk we'll hear about Archway before and after its recent make-over. We'll hear about its connections with London's most famous Mayor, learn how Archway got its arch and hear how priests disguised themselves to buy a pub. We'll also discover one of the best panoramic views across London. Start/Finish: Archway Station

07/12/20. Islington's N4: Mud, Murder and Manufacture. Your Guide: Jiff Bayliss Follow the development of Stroud Green from the main road north to a mixture of industry, fine food and beverage and murder most foul. Realise even the most unassuming parts of London have their stories to tell. Start: Finsbury Park Station; Finish: Crouch End Station


Autumn Term 14 Sept - 07 Dec (Half term 26 Oct)
£160 non-member - 12-week term
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