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Platforms Piece by Kevin Atherton, Brixton Station © Historic England
Platforms Piece by Kevin Atherton, Brixton Station © Historic England

Walk History App

Discover histories you never knew about with our free Walk History app.

Our Walk History app includes eight walking tours of six London locations (Brixton, Camden, The City of London, Ealing, Soho and Whitechapel) and a walking tour of Kingston upon Hull to celebrate the city's status as UK City of Culture in 2017.

The Walk History app is available for download and use on mobile devices.


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Brixton: Brixton’s black history - 1948 to now

Distance: 1.2 miles - Estimated time required: 1h - Media included: video, audio, images & text - 14 stops

On this walking tour we look at why many of the first people from the Caribbean to settle in the United Kingdom settled in Brixton, and how this London district was not the end of their journey but the start of a long and difficult struggle to be recognised and included in British society.

Find out more about black British history

Camden: Tracks through time - Camden’s railways

Distance: 2 miles - Estimated time required: 1h30m-1h50m - Media included: audio, images & text - 17 stops

This walking tour has been compiled by the Camden Railway Heritage Trust, a charity that promotes the preservation and restoration of railway heritage, and encourages public appreciation of Camden's social and industrial history.

The City of London: Spotter’s guide - post-war architecture

Distance: 2.2 miles - Estimated time required: 1h20m-1h30m - Media included: audio, images & text - 15 stops

The City of London has some of the best examples of post-war architecture in the United Kingdom. This walking tour visits stunning buildings and explores how modern architects have responded to recent radical changes in how we live, work and learn.

Ealing: Ealing - queen of the suburbs (two walks)

Walk 1 - Distance: 2.4 miles - Estimated time required: 1h-1h30m - Media included: audio, images & text - 13 stops

Walk 2 - Distance: 1.3 miles - Estimated time required: 45m-1h - Media included: video, audio & images - 14 stops

Explore Ealing's built heritage along a route first compiled in 1970 by John Foster White and updated in 2016 by Ealing Civic Society. Due to its length, the route has been split into two walking tours, both of which start near to Ealing Broadway Station.

Kingston upon Hull: Hull’s Old Town

Distance: 0.6 miles - Estimated time required: 20-40m - Media included: images & text - 8 stops

The city of Kingston upon Hull has played a leading part in British commercial and political life for over 700 years. Its early history as a royal planned town can still be seen in the streets of its Old Town, and its medieval wealth can be felt in the grandeur of its parish churches. Explore the history of this important European city with our interactive walking tour as it guides you across Hull's Old Town to popular sites including Beverley Gate, Carmelite House, Trinity House, Old Grammar School, Hull Minster, 5 Scale Lane, Crowle House and Wilberforce House.

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Soho: 130 years of queer Soho

Distance: 1.3 miles - Estimated time required: 40m-1h - Media included: video, audio, images & text - 17 stops

Old Compton Street has been the recognisable hub of London's LGBTQ scene for no more than a couple of decades, but through our Pride of Place project we found evidence of more than 130 years of uninterrupted alternative lifestyles existing within Soho's historic walls. On this walking tour, we visit some hidden and sometimes forgotten places that have kept Soho queer, from the late Victorian era to the present day.

Find out more about Soho's queer history

Soho: Spotter’s guide - the early Georgian townhouse

Distance: 0.1 miles - Estimated time required: 15-20m - Media included: audio, images & text - 8 stops

Join us on this walking tour of the corner of Soho that has some of London's best examples of early Georgian (1714-1830) houses.

Whitechapel: The Battle of Cable Street - a stand against fascism

Distance: 1.1 miles - Estimated time required: 45m-1h - Media included: video, audio, images & text - 10 stops

In 1936, while Hitler's fascist Nazi party was growing in strength, Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists wanted to stir up anti-Jewish sentiment among London's working class. Mosley announced that his supporters would march through the East End of London on Sunday 4 October. The British government refused a request by local groups to ban the march, which descended into a violent conflict between the Metropolitan Police (protecting fascist supporters) and anti-fascist demonstrators. This walking tour will guide you to a range of historic sites linked to the event, and places that were important to the Jewish community in the 1930s. At the time, Jewish people made up more than a third of the local population.

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