Inside East London Tour: Art, Sport and Victorian History - the Olympic Backyard and New London


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City, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
Hackney Wick station and Pudding Mill Lane have either a ramp or lift access from the platform to ground level. Please check online to view facilities at start/interchange stations.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (advanced)

A walk around hidden gem - off the tourist track but full of delights!

Like street art? East End history? Want to see the Olympic back yard in MY back yard?

Let's take a walk from the former Victorian factory town Hackney Wick - that now has Europe's largest concentration of artists - to the border of the Olympic Park. We'll discover centuries of East London history right next to the biggest construction and regeneration project in Europe.

Hear about industrial firsts; underground movements past and present; revolutionary toymakers and the famous Matchgirls Strike; see exterior views of National Stadium (note, entry is not possible). Find out how they're saving the planet too!

Find out what locals really thought about the Games as we take a blast through London's past and see its future. As featured in our tour for the BBC, Guardian newspaper and other European media. The scene might not be here for much longer, so SEE IT WHILE IT LASTS!


Find out where plastic was invented; see contemporary street art; the Olympic perimeter and the factory buildings that now house 1, 000+ artist spaces. We'll see canals and floating communities, galleries and the Olympic exterior (views of permanent stadia etc).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hackney Wick Overground station. Easily reached from either Stratford or Highbury & Islington subway stations. About 40 minutes from the tourist centre of London, but well worth it!

End location: Depending on your interests, we'd probably finish at a cafe overlooking the Olympic stadium. It's by Pudding Mill Lane DLR (Docklands Light Railway) station, which is again just one stop from Stratford's subway interchange (Central, Jubilee lines etc).

Duration: 2 hours


Public Transport here and back. Then our legs in between! Please check for transport updates in case of weekend engineering works on the rail/subway system.

What’s Included

My guiding services and 11 years experience!

No entry fees are required for the excellent views, we'll take a walk outside in the fresh air.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

6 GBP - You might need an Oyster card (£5 deposit p/p) if you come by subway, or a bottle of water (£1).

What’s Extra

Any drinks you wish to purchase in the cafe at the end. You will need a travel pass that includes Zone 2 to reach Hackney Wick or Pudding Mill Lane stations. BUT if you intend to arrive or leave VIA STRATFORD, it's that tiniest bit further out from the centre so straddles another one of the concentric transportation zones: you will need a travelcard that covers Zone 3. Only costs a little more, but it's good to know.


I am not a driver; we have a wonderful - and comprehensive - public transport system to enjoy here.

I am not a Blue Badge guide but have 12 years experience and four continents under my guiding belt.

A Recent Review of this tour

Simon was fantastic. Has so much knowledge of the hackney wick area and is willing to share it all. He was very interested in catering the 2 hours we had with him to suit our interests while also not getting us into hemming and hawing by leading and guiding! He is terrific. And we enjoyed the time we had with him very much
Nancy Feldman

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