This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | [email protected] to make a booking.

Hip, Happening, Handsome, Hi! Highbury

Highbury & Islington tube station, London

Guided by Philip

Reviewing a smorgasbord of local achievements, we discover the origins of Crufts, the haunt of gymnasts and tightrope walkers and how one company shaped our modern lives through the development of radio, TV and radar. A trip around Highbury would be bereft without discussing Arsenal and we end by appreciating the green fields and remarkable architecture of middle-class London in the late 19th century. N.B. this walk has been rerouted because of the game at Emirates Stadium today. Guided by Philip


The meeting point is just outside Highbury & IslingtonTube

In the Summer 2019 London Walks programme the Hip, Happening, Handsome, Hi! Highbury walk takes place at xxxm on Sxxxxxx.


Having been one of the country’s top Scrabble players for more than 30 years, Philip has the right words for all occasions. That's no idle boast – Philip's in the Guinness Book of Records as having won the National Scrabble Championship a record four times.

Philip left the corporate world in 2013 – he'd worked for the owners of Scrabble for more than 20 years, promoting and publicising the game. Vaulting over the "wall", he qualified as a guide for the Clerkenwell and Islington area in 2014. Currently, he is working on adding Westminster to his portfolio of guiding knowledge. He is particularly interested in sport and leads tours regularly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and at Lords Cricket Ground. An enthusiast of all things historical, he also guides at St. John’s Gate Museum in Clerkenwell – home of the organisation most famous for starting the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. Modern sculpture is another interest and he leads a couple of tours around the City, highlighting some of the great works that can be seen there.

Philip is a born and bred Londoner who adores his home city. He has an individual take on guiding and, despite his love of history, he also likes to talk about more contemporary events and areas of interest and to encourage audience participation. On his Highbury tour – willing customers get to re-enact the denouement of Four Weddings and a Funeral in the street where it was filmed. His lively tours are not to be missed.


"London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour…"  The New York Times

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

"the best is London Walks"  Let's Go Europe


If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Highbury walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Highbury walk– or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a very special, thoughtful and unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or graduation or get-to-know-your-new-neighbourhood or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.


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