Hidden Hackney

Bethnal Green Tube, Museum of Childhood exit

Guided by Steve F.

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
7 August 2021 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
18 September 2021 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

What has become Hipster Central due to its `relatively’ affordable property and decent housing stock is also one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in London. In Hackney some 80% of school children hail from non-British backgrounds and speak 90 different languages.

But it certainly wasn’t born yesterday… Its name is Anglo-Saxon, and its oldest structure is a tower from the early 16th century.

Along with big ticket sights like the V&A Museum of Childhood and Sutton House, built by a courtier of Henry VIII in 1535, Blue Badge Tourist Guide Steve Fallon will show you the Underground station that saw the worst British civilian disaster of WWII; the residence of Danny `the Jew’ Mendoza, 18th century developer of `scientific boxing’ and nearby York Hall, Britain’s boxing mecca;  buzzy Broadway Market and leafy London Fields; the restored Hackney Empire music hall famous for its Christmas pantos;

Hackney Walk with some high-end (e.g. Burberry, Nike) outlet shops;  and  Victor Wynd’s creepy `Museum of Curiosities (and cocktail bar) with its shrunken heads, a key to the Garden of Eden, dodo bones, celebrity excrement and lots, lots more.

And a canal runs through it … All the while we’ll be either crossing or just within sight of the Regent’s Canal.