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Ghostsigns Walking Tours

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About Ghostsigns Walking Tours
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of these walking tours through Stoke Newington (North London) and Bankside (South London), taking in some of London's best ghostsigns (painted signs, fading on walls). These are used to explore local, craft and advertising history through their unique stories and survival against the odds. Described as 'fascinating' by Londonist, the tour will inspire you to start spotting ghostsigns everywhere you go with an appreciation of their history and place in contemporary urban streetscapes. The tour is led by ghostsigns expert and local resident, Sam Roberts, curator of the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive and author of numerous articles and book contributions on the topic.
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

Brilliant mix of insight, interpretation and historical investigation. Respect to Sam for all his hard work, and more power to his ghostly elbow.

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

Really enjoyed walking around Southark, seeing the all-to-often over-looked ghost signs of business' past. Sam was brilliant at explaining the history and background to the signs, making the tour really enjoyable!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

We took this tour as part of our Christmas party. Sam was knowledgable, funny and a pleasure to be around during this tour. The tour was great fun, and made all involved look at the surrounding vernacular in a new way. We would all highly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

A really nice way to spend a few hours appreciating the footsteps of the past. Sam's tour is really well researched, and his manor is very approachable and pleasant. I can't recommend this enough. Throw in a pub-stop or two and you're thrown back in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

booked last minute. as it was advertised as a free tour we didn't expect much from it. we were pleasantly surprised with the guide. she was very enthusiastic about her job and clearly took the time to gather research for the tour. we will be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 15, 2018

An excellent tour around old London. Sam's narrative brings the 'ghosts' to life and lets you understand a bygone age. His research is impeccable.Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 25, 2018

Spotting fading advertisements painted onto the sides of buildings may sound nerdy, but walking round the back streets of Southwark with Sam was great fun. I should think many of the walkers on this tour will now be looking out for ghost signs in their...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

A great walk over the weekend on the Bankside Ghostsign tour! Myself and Dad have walked around the area many times over the year yet missed most of the ghostsigns present. Sam not only spots them where most the public would not see, but also...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Enjoyed our 2.5hr walk around bankside. Very interesting topic and Sam has clearly researched the topic loads and he was happy to share his passion with the rest of us in an informative, open way and we learned from each other as well. Shame this...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

This was a really interesting walk, with a lot of knowledge shared by Sam, who also encouraged the participants to discover the history behind these amazing fading signs. It's so good to see people coming from different professional areas showing a common interest in discovering...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Paula K
December 31, 2014|
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Response from Ghostsigns | Property representative |
Most tours run on Sundays. All the dates and times are listed on the tours page of the Ghostsigns website. The next available date is 1st February, with roughly one tour each month after that.
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selina m
December 27, 2014|
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As above, I tend to release tour dates 3-4 months ahead of time so expect to announce any for August in the Spring i.e. March or April. Keep an eye on the tours page of the website for dates and subscribe to the mailing list... More
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