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Whispers of advertising past are the focus of these walking tours through Stoke Newington (North London) and Bankside (South London), taking in some of London's best ghostsigns (painted signs, fading on walls). These are used to explore local, craft...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
London N16 7BP, England
+44 7989 409046
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All reviews ghost signs local history his enthusiasm advertising history sam's knowledge engaging guide interesting walk southwark area highly recommended tour great guide interesting insight ask questions great walk excellent tour subject matter spend an afternoon two hours
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

booked last minute. as it was advertised as a free tour we didn't expect much from it. we were pleasantly surprised with the guide. she was very enthusiastic about her job and clearly took the time to gather research for the tour. we will be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank willinghamk
Reviewed 16 June 2018

An excellent tour around old London. Sam's narrative brings the 'ghosts' to life and lets you understand a bygone age. His research is impeccable.Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Date of experience: May 2018
Thank middlep2018
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Spotting fading advertisements painted onto the sides of buildings may sound nerdy, but walking round the back streets of Southwark with Sam was great fun. I should think many of the walkers on this tour will now be looking out for ghost signs in their...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ortrud
Reviewed 23 May 2018

A great walk over the weekend on the Bankside Ghostsign tour! Myself and Dad have walked around the area many times over the year yet missed most of the ghostsigns present. Sam not only spots them where most the public would not see, but also...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Augusta M
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Enjoyed our 2.5hr walk around bankside. Very interesting topic and Sam has clearly researched the topic loads and he was happy to share his passion with the rest of us in an informative, open way and we learned from each other as well. Shame this...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank American-in-LondonUK
Reviewed 21 May 2018

This was a really interesting walk, with a lot of knowledge shared by Sam, who also encouraged the participants to discover the history behind these amazing fading signs. It's so good to see people coming from different professional areas showing a common interest in discovering...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SaraD3585
Reviewed 24 April 2018

A fascinating combination of observation, discovery, historical research and competition! The walk is hosted by Sam Roberts who was informative and engaging and his enthusiasm for these old, multi layered advertising signs was infectious!

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Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Anne M
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Sam put it pretty straightforwardly as we all first gathered together: "You're all here to look at old paint on brick walls right?". Like looking at a Magic Eye book, 12 of us huddled together on street corners of Stoke Newington to decipher the faint...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Seamus P
Reviewed 19 February 2018

A fascinating glimpse into the past history of Stoke Newington. A very well researched tour with detail that extended far beyond the old advertising painted onto buildings throughout the area - unlocking a much deeper history of the community. Sam is a very engaging guide...More

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Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank tyghost
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Couldn’t have enjoyed this walk more. Sam is sharp, funny and very well informed. Anyone interested in social history and/or design will be in seventh heaven.

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Date of experience: February 2018
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Paula K
1 January 2015|
Response from Ghostsigns | Property representative |
Most tours run on Sundays. All the dates and times are listed on the tours page of the Ghostsigns website. The next available date is 1st February, with roughly one tour each month after that.
selina m
27 December 2014|
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Response from Ghostsigns | Property representative |
As above, I tend to release tour dates 3-4 months ahead of time so expect to announce any for August in the Spring i.e. March or April. Keep an eye on the tours page of the website for dates and subscribe to the mailing list... More