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Walk Hackney

#631 of 1,637 Tours in London
London, United Kingdom
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About Walk Hackney
Get to know a different part of London: Hackney. Beyond London’s well-trodden tourist trails, Hackney is a vibrant, fast-changing part of north-east London with a fascinating history to hear about. Down the centuries today’s Hackney has gown from villages separated by countryside from London to inner-city suburb. Discover, on a selection of 15 history walks led and devised by Hackney resident Sean Gubbins, how Hackney provided for the needs of Londoners: producing food for its markets; offering quiet retreats for its wealthy; educating its children; looking after its mentally sick; giving refuge to political and religious dissenters; selling exotic plants from world-leading nurseries; entertaining Londoners with pleasure gardens and theatres; supplying workers for London’s growing industry and commerce, and housing the city’s expanding workforce. Each walk looks into Hackney’s past, exploring people, sites and events, bringing out what is unique to the area and linking to events which have made up our national and international history.
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ech0belly001 wrote a review Oct 2017
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I first went on one of the Walk Hackney tours to learn more about the area I lived in. Sean is a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who makes things fun with a quiz at the end. The walks last just over 2 hours which I feel is the right amount to get a good amount in without being overloaded with information. Once you do one of the tours you’ll no doubt be back to do the others as I did.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Response from Sean G, Owner at Walk Hackney
Responded Oct 10, 2017
Many thanks for your review. I know you've been on all my walks so far. So looking forward to seeing you on my next new one, around Shacklewell, on 9 December.
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Lesleythom wrote a review Aug 2017
London14 contributions19 helpful votes
Sean is a brilliant, knowledgeable London guide with particular expertise around Hackney. He really knows the different areas of Hackney in great depth and detail, but manages to put across information in a way that is easy to understand and absorb. He hands out individual maps of the area past and present, and reading lists if anyone wants to do some of their own research. Highly recommended, thank you Sean!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Responded Aug 20, 2017
Thank you for recommending my Hackney history walks. Hackney has a lot of different areas to explore. I like to bring to bring out what is unique to each as well as find what they have in common. See you another walk soon I hope. Sean
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Akkers1 wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom778 contributions194 helpful votes
Sean, who leads the walks, has a vast knowledge of the area as well as having an engaging manner. It was a nice touch at the beginning of the walk when Sean gave out two maps, one historical and the other contemporary, so that you could see the changes to the area you were visiting (the maps are yours to keep). During the points of interest stops I also really enjoyed seeing the old photos of the area so that you could see as well as hear what Hackney used to be like. These walks would appeal to overseas visitors, as well as people like myself from the UK. I learned a lot of things about Hackney from the walk and can highly recommend going on one of them. In fact I enjoyed the walk so much that I am going to book to go on another one of them around the De Beauvoir area of Hackney in August.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Responded Aug 18, 2017
Thank you for your recommendation and I am delighted you enjoy the walks. The maps I give out, old and contemporary, both have the routes of the walk marked out. I also hand out with every walk a list of some of the books I use to research the walks, in case people want to follow up finding out more about Hackney's history.
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Rosalind S wrote a review Jun 2017
London, United Kingdom17 contributions5 helpful votes
I find the walks fascinating you find out how everybody lived in different eras in every street, also meeting the others on the walk is always enjoyable - I go again and again!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Responded Aug 18, 2017
I am delighted you find these walks fascinating. One of the pleasures of leading these walks is to see people chatting along the way. It creates a very pleasant atmosphere.For each walk I try to have done some research in the censuses so I can tell people about the families who lived in some of houses we pass and who would have walked down the streets we pass through decades before us. Sean
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Pamela R wrote a review Jun 2017
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
We have now been on most of Sean's walks. We embarked on them as we are West Londoners and Hackney is a part of London we did not know well. They are ideal both for Londoners and visitors to London. They are very thoroughly researched and we have learnt so much about the areas we have covered. The walks are based on the history of the area we walk through, with special reference to the people who lived there, using census information, and also, where relevant, to the architecture, a subject in which we are particularly interested. The walks are well-paced, lasting just over two hours with plenty of stops with information and often photographs of how the area looked in the past. Sean is always interesting and informative and presents his knowledge of Hackney in an accessible and engaging manner.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Responded Aug 18, 2017
Thank you for your appreciation of my walks, Pamela, and thank you for trekking over from west London to come on them! I shall try to keep a flow of new walks acoming so you have reason to come to Hackney again. I very much enjoy researching the walks so am delighted that is appreciated. I keep my eyes open during my archival researches and reading the local press to add more to a walk the next time I lead it Sean.
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