London Walking Tours

Welcome! I run small group and private London walking tours for individuals, families and groups.

Discover real London (the bits most locals don’t even see!) with a born and bred Londoner, award-winning history blogger and Blue Badge Guide.

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Look Up London walking tours offer a new angle on London’s history. By raising our gaze and looking above our eyeline we spot little details that make the stories of the city come alive.

Maybe you want to discover London for the first time? Or maybe you’ve lived here all your life?! Either way a Look Up London walking tour gives you an authentic experience from a knowledgable, enthusiastic guide.

I arrange walking tours of the major London sites with fresh enthusiasm, as well as bespoke tours off the tourist trail. My aim is to help you get under the skin of London and feel immersed in its culture, architecture and history.

The London Blog

Read my latest blog posts by date in which I share stories of hidden history, and our walking tours of London inside inspiring historic buildings & sightseeing trips to unusual museums.

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House of St Barnabas

House of St Barnabas

Built in the 1740s and a great example of Georgian Housing, this building in Soho Square has been a charity helping homeless women since 1863.Before then, rather bizarrely, it was the offices of ‘Westminster Commissioner for Works for Sewers’ (which later became the catchier Metropolitan...

Whitsun Fair. London’s Best Memorial Plaque?

Near Bow Church DLR station, where the Old Poplar Town Hall now stands, is the site of the annual Bow Fair. Referenced as early as 1630 and hugely popular in the 18th and early 19th Century, it took place the day after Whitsun (the Christian...

Soho’s Golden Arm

Formerly Rose Street, Manette Street got its current name from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (published 1859) specifically, the character Dr Manette who lived in a quiet and quaint area near Soho Square;“In a building at the back attainable by a courtyard where...

New Gates for Chinatown

To mark the UK China Year of Exchange, this gate was hand crafted in Beijing before being brought to London. The foundation stone was laid on Thursday 9 July 2015 in Wardour Street to mark the expansion of Chinatown and positioned according to traditional feng shui....

Tragedy in Poplar

Tragedy in Poplar

In Poplar Recreation Grounds stands this memorial. We usually associate bomb damage with the Blitz and WWII, but East London - because of the proximity to the docks - was a target during WWI as well. This is a reminder that on 13 June 1917,...

Carlton Cinema

Part of the former Carlton Cinema chain, this picture house on Essex Road opened in 1930 with a capacity for 2,226. The discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922 caused London to be flooded with Egyptian-inspired buildings, particularly in cinema design and this is one of the...