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Walk Hackney

#550 of 1,523 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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IamaTravelaholic wrote a review Aug 2017
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I went on the De Beauvoir walk earlier this month. I’ve never been an organised walk like this before. It was a really informative, enjoyable and pleasant walking experiance. Some of the people had been on more than one of our guide Sean’s walks and I don’t blame them as I will certainly look online again to see if there is another walk the next time I visit London. I would highly recommend going on one of these walks as I learnt a lot about the Hackney area.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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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 Kingdom659 contributions161 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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Heron H wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
I grew up in Hackney, but no longer live in the area. i found out about Walk Hackney by chance when I was in the area and thought I would go on one of the walks. Well, I enjoyed the first walk so much have now been on most of them. I always come away with interesting snippets of information about the area that I never knew about. Rather sadly though there are not too many walks that I have not been on now, but Sean does add new walks to his repertoire like the new Haggerston walk that I went on 2 weeks ago. I can’t recommend these walks highly enough for people visiting the area from afar like a couple on this particular walk from Italy or like myself from the UK.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Responded Aug 18, 2017
Many thanks for this recommendation. At the moments I am busy researching a walk around Shacklewell which I will be offering on Saturday 9 December for you to come on. Next year I will be offering another new walk, around the Hackney Downs area. Sean
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