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Hackney Tours

#693 of 1,539 Tours in London
London, United Kingdom
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About Hackney Tours
Connect with the most exciting part of our capital - East London. These are walks by someone who lives and breathes it. I have more than 13 years experience in tourism on four continents and I've spent a decade exploring East London. I'm passionate about discovery and want to show you all the great stuff Hackney has to offer. Do you want an experience, do you want to really get under the skin of East London? Then come with on an art tour, a wonder wander, or a trip into the radical past of a truly global city. Discover how Hackney radicals fought for social justice and political reform, or explore how innovation & sustainability initiatives are fusing art and tech in 21st Century London. Be inspired and entertained as we go on a journey of discovery. Experience the best of East London with Hackney Tours.
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Dee wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
I've gone on two walking tours with Simon around East London districts (Hackney and Hackney Wick) and both have been engaging, thought-provoking and fun. Each time I've come away understanding more about the history of the area as well as having discovered interesting local initiatives, learned about local creative projects and found lots of 'hidden gems'. Simon manages to effortlessly weave historic facts with more recent events and also draws links between the past and the present so you come away feeling that you've got to know an area on several levels. The most recent walk I went on focused on change-makers and social enterprises in Hackney and was very inspiring. Simon tailors each walk to the participants' interests making it a completely unique experience. I've lived in East London for just over a year now and Simon's tours have helped me to connect with the area and made me excited about getting to know my local community better. Whether you're a seasoned Londoner or a tourist passing through you will definitely enjoy a tour with Simon!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ivor M wrote a review Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom538 contributions164 helpful votes
I have been going on walks with Simon for a few years now. I have gone on the Hackney walks organised by the Council both within the borough and outside. They are always enjoyable, interesting and sociable. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Lisa D wrote a review Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom9 contributions9 helpful votes
I first went on a Hackeny Tour a free years ago in the Hackney Wick area -- and was led through a number of warehouse buildings where artists are working and living and thriving. Mixed in with the peeks we got at a few creative studio spaces (think beautiful urban lofts in proper old skool buildings where aritistic passions get to unleash) was also a really helpful discussion about the area's history. You get a fully loaded look at wherever the tour is based, with special peeks at places you may not normally visit -- all put into context with the historic vibrance of the area. You'll love it. A must-do for anyone, and even seasoned Londoners will ejoy the tour.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Jessica O wrote a review Aug 2014
London, United Kingdom26 contributions24 helpful votes
Simon's tour was exactly what I look for in a walking tour - more than a cursory glance at the history of an area.The gentrification and contemporary social issues of Hackney Wick were explored in a way that was thought provoking and nuanced, while still being fun! I highly recommend these tours.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Magoo255 wrote a review Jan 2014
Rockford, Illinois11 contributions7 helpful votes
Hello fellow travelers, Hackney Tours is a wonderful tour guide service operated by Simon. Although he is the only tour guide for his business, his walking tours are incredibly informative, insightful, and will provide you with a bit of knowledge only common to authentic Londoners. Whether you would like to see the mainstream sector of London (Trafalgar Square, changing of the guards, Buckingham Palace, etc.) or see the artful hidden gems of the north-east section of London (Hackney), you will be overwhelmed with Simon’s expertise and knowledge. Additionally, he is very familiar of the historical and current events/issues in case you are interested in the wars and development of England. I've now had three tour guides provided by Simon and was impressed and thoroughly delighted each time. And one last comment: Simon will go at your own pace, which is what he did when I injured my back the day before the first tour. He’s a thoughtful individual! Happy and safe travels! Cheers!
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Date of experience: January 2014
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