Open House Festival

Shoreditch to De Beauvoir walking tour


Arnold Circus (in the centre), Boundary Estate, E2 7JP

This walking tour explores the nature of community by journeying north of the city along the once Roman route of Ermine Street, exploring the impact of migration and the evolving forms of housing made necessary by London's growth.

Getting there


Shoreditch High Street


242, 35, 47

Additional travel info

End: Scolt Head Pub, a ten minute walk from Dalston Junction Overground Station.



Accessibility notes

If long walks and stepping /rolling over curbs are feasible but stairs are not, visitors can contact me and I'll begin the tour at the base of the stairs at Arnold Circus instead of at the top.


About the tour

The tour will begin with early social housing and council estates of the 20th century, while also endeavouring to share the history of migrant communities in these neighbourhoods, highlighting the Vietnamese in Kingsland road, and Hoxton's Turkish speaking communities. Stops will feature discussion of not only physical housing but the "home" we build through engagement and activism.

Golden Key Academy

This tour is led by a participant of Open City’s Golden Key Academy – a course training up insightful and engaging guides dedicated to explaining London and bringing its many stories to life. It is part of a wider collection of tour events created by Golden Key Academy guides for the Open House Festival celebrating their conclusion of the eight month course.

Further information on the Golden Key Academy can be found here


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