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Secret Dalston Wandering

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 38 reviews.London, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Saira

3 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Wander, uncover and capture secret Dalston

Dalston is a diverse, cool and fast-changing area, home to a growing creative community. On this wandering we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems, old and new, including a secret garden, a vibrant multicultural market, a colourful house, a Victorian cemetery and a beautiful Turkish mosque. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city.

We will stop for tea and traditional Turkish gozleme at a local independent bakery. I will show you how I find and archive London gems so that you can think about recording your own explorations. I'll also share with you ways in which you can create meaningful connections to the communities, individuals and spaces you might encounter on your own wanderings.
Wander, uncover and capture secret Dalston

Dalston is a diverse, cool and fast-changing area, home to a growing creative community. On this wandering we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems, old and new, including a secret garden, a vibrant multicultural market, a colourful house, a Victorian cemetery and a beautiful Turkish mosque. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city.

We will stop for tea and traditional Turkish gozleme at a local independent bakery. I will show you how I find and archive London gems so that you can think about recording yo…
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Meet your host, Saira

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 38 Reviews
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I'm a community leader and founder of the Living London tour company. Over the years, I've explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden gems across the city, from bingo halls and burial grounds to wild nature reserves and quirky art galleries. Through my explorations, I've met hundreds of interesting Londoners - artists, urban explorers, filmmakers, storytellers, mudlarks, conservationists- even a lighthouse keeper. I've been leading secret wanderings, workshops and events in different areas of London for years. I know the city inside out- it's people, places and stories. I've created tours for clients including the Tate, Museum of London, Time Out, Kings College, citizenM and Ace Hotel. Find me at @livinglon / livinglondon.org
I'm a community leader and founder of the Living London tour company. Over the years, I've explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden gems across the city, from bingo halls and burial grounds to wild nature reserves and quirky art galleries. Through my explorations, I've met hundreds of interesting Londoners - artists, urban explorers, filmmakers, storytellers, mudlarks, conservationists- even a lighthouse keeper. I've been leading secret wanderings, workshops and events in…
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Where you'll be

We will be visiting a number of interesting locations in a very multi-cultural and vibrant part of London. The wandering will lead us to the following places (and many more hidden gems): Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens, Ridley Road Market, Aziziye Mosque and Abney Park Cemetery.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 38 reviews.

Thomas
December 2019
Saira is a very nice Guide and open the hidden doors from London Dalston for you. If you looking for a tour with a view behind the busy scenes of London, you will find it there.
Frances
March 2019
This wandering experience was truly amazing. I learned so much in ways I wouldn’t have been able to had I done a typical tour or went by myself. Saira was inspiring and her storytelling made the experience come alive. I was left energized and inspired. Highly recommend!
This wandering experience was truly amazing. I learned so much in ways I wouldn’t have been able to had I done a typical tour or went by myself. Saira was inspiring and her storyte…
Aaron
March 2019
Saira's an outstanding knowledgeable guide who shares her insight and care for the community with you throughout the journey. She takes you through the great area of Dalston, a cool diverse neighborhood with a variety of cultural backgrounds and of course your neighborhood hipsters. Great sights and a welcome break from all the touristy stuff. If I would have done this earlier in my trip I definitely would have had a few more meals here because the food selection is on point! I would book one of Saira's other trips too because she's a great host!
Saira's an outstanding knowledgeable guide who shares her insight and care for the community with you throughout the journey. She takes you through the great area of Dalston, a co…
Karen
February 2019
Saira was a delightful host! I had heard about the diverse Dalston area and learned a lot about the community’s varied artists and quirky residents! Walked through some very cool places that I wouldn’t have known to go to otherwise! Also had a yummy Turkish treat and people-watched to my heart’s content. Highly recommended!
Saira was a delightful host! I had heard about the diverse Dalston area and learned a lot about the community’s varied artists and quirky residents! Walked through some very cool…
Lauren
February 2019
This experience was so much more than I could have asked for. I don't even know where to start. Saira is not only knowledgeable about the history and importance of these hidden gems, but she is passionate about sharing them with others. If I had a longer stay in London, I would ask to go out on a tour with her multiple times to see more of her other hidden gems. She is so kind and a pleasant person to spend this time with.
This experience was so much more than I could have asked for. I don't even know where to start. Saira is not only knowledgeable about the history and importance of these hidden gem…
Ivan
January 2019
Saira is a great guide with a real passion for London, its people and discovering interesting places. My tour with her was three hours well spent! Thanks Saira and look forward to seeing you again on one of your other wanderings!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 7 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Bring a camera! :-)