East End Guiding

East End Guiding - Drapers Almshouses

There’s a spirit of guiding abroad in Tower Hamlets!

The spirit is growing steadily, with guides designing tours opening up the borough to residents and visitors alike.

You can get into the current of local guiding in the East End through two adult education courses:
Tour Guiding in Tower Hamlets – The Essentials
Tour Guiding in Tower Hamlets – Going Further.

East End Guiding - Bow RoundaboutTHE COURSES

Idea Store Learning provides the courses. This is the adult education initiative offered by Tower Hamlets Council. The courses give valuable presentation skills, as well as an up-close introduction to the East End.

Please click HERE for further details.

East End Guiding - Neil Salmons guiding at Fish Island


A workshop group, the Tower Hamlets Walkshop, has come into being through the course. It is working towards the development of a guiding culture in Tower Hamlets and the raising of the profile of local heritage.

Tours have included a free tour of Old Ford for the Roman Road Winter Festival (details HERE), and a tour of Fish Island (eastern Old Ford) for a local group of urban ramblers. The group also contributed a tour, ‘What Is Heritage?’, to the Tower Hamlets at Street Level weekend. This tour was from Bethnal Green to Mile End and questioned what actually constitutes heritage.

East End Guiding - Chrisp Street MarketTOWER HAMLETS AT STREET LEVEL

This three-day programme of free guided tours took place over August Bank Holiday weekend 2014. It showed just how much you can enjoy  in the Tower Hamlets.

Topics included urban regeneration in Poplar, developments in Bow and Bromley and historic crime in Bethnal Green. Click HERE for more details.

East End Guiding - Whitechapel Bell Foundry

If you have an interest in developments in East End guiding, please consider the Facebook group East End at Street Level. Maybe it’s just what you’ve been looking for?


The East End Preservation Society is committed to resisting the assaults on our local heritage of the Jabberwocks of indiscriminate development.

You can find details of Charnowalks tours in the East End HERE.

Details of some other guides who offer tours in the East End can be found HERE.

For further information please contact Dave.


Pictures © Leigh Stanford 2014 and Andrew Parnell 2015

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