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Walk Hackney

At Various Locations Around the Borough - Depending on the Organised Walk You Choose., London E8 1EA, England
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Great walking tour with friendly local guide

I first went on one of the Walk Hackney tours to learn more about the area I lived in. Sean is a... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2017
ech0belly001
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Trendy Hackney area walk

I went on the De Beauvoir walk earlier this month. I’ve never been an organised walk like this... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2017
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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At Various Locations Around the Borough - Depending on the Organised Walk You Choose., London E8 1EA, England
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

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...More

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Sean G, Owner at Walk Hackney, responded to this reviewResponded October 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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Reviewed August 29, 2017

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...More

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Reviewed August 18, 2017

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...More

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Management response:Responded August 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....More

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Reviewed July 20, 2017

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...More

Thank Akkers1
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Management response:Responded August 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...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

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...More

Thank heron735735
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Management response:Responded August 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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Reviewed June 10, 2017

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!More

Thank rosalind s
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Management response:Responded August 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...More

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Reviewed June 6, 2017

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...More

Thank Pamela R
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Management response:Responded August 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...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2017

These are an absolutely unique set of walks - each one focusing on a small, local area of Hackney. allowing walker to really get to know the area. Sean, the walk leader, was extremely informative with great knowledge of the history of the various areas...More

Thank Paul M
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Management response:Responded August 18, 2017

Thank you Paul for your appreciation. I always find it amazing how a small area can contain so much of interest to produce a 2 hour walk. But every road or building has a history to tell. I'm glad you find the photos useful. I...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2017

I have been on Sean's hackney walks since he started doing them a few years ago. They are very good. Sean is a very knowledgeable local historian and has researched thoroughly for the walks. They generally take place on a Saturday morning, last some 2-2.5...More

Thank Ivor M
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Management response:Responded August 18, 2017

Thank you Ivor for recommending these walks and for coming on all those I have devised to date! I think you have been on the two new ones I introduced so far this year. I hope you can make the Shacklewell walk I will be...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2017

These tours are led by Sean, who has an encylopaedic knowledge of the physical, historical and sociological aspects of Hackney. His immaculately researched and well-presented walks make the area come alive, whether he is dealing with social history or architecture, be it domestic or industrial....More

Thank Tim G
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Management response:Responded August 18, 2017

I am so glad you enjoy the different facets of this walk. It is a pleasure to share what I have learned about the different parts of Hackney. It is also a pleasure to learn from people on the walk, whether because they have a...More

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