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Ghostsigns Walking Tours

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Address: London N16 7BP, England
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+44 7989 409046
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Whispers of advertising past are the focus of these walking tours through...

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 and advertising history through their unique stories and survival against the odds.

Described as 'fascinating' by Londonist, the tour will inspire you to start spotting ghostsigns everywhere you go with an appreciation of their history and place in contemporary urban streetscapes.

The tour is led by ghostsigns expert and local resident, Sam Roberts, curator of the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive and author of numerous articles and book contributions on the topic.

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Stoke Newington Ghost Signs Tour

Sam was a great guide and incredibly knowledgeable and provided a lot of very interesting background information that had clearly taken a long time to research. I had a great time... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sam was a great guide and incredibly knowledgeable and provided a lot of very interesting background information that had clearly taken a long time to research. I had a great time and learnt a lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a 2.5 hour walking tour of Stoke Newington in north London, looking at 'ghostsigns' - examples of faded Victorian and early 20th century advertising painted directly onto brickwork. There were about 10 of us in the group, which was an ideal size considering that we were walking along a high street on a busy Saturday morning. The tour... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bought this tour as part of a birthday present for my boyfriend. It was a fantastic and fun way to spend a Saturday morning and a new way to explore my local area. Sam is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and I will be sure to be looking up trying to spot more ghostsigns around London!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous and informative walk around Stoke Newington. Sam was a terrific and enthusiastic tour guide and story teller. I will now be looking up and spotting ghost signs wherever I go!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really fascinating tour around the ghost signs of Bankside. Sam is a fantastic tour guide - personable, and incredibly passionate about this subject. His enthusiasm is catching and I spent the whole journey home on the look out for more ghost signs. Would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well researched and immensely interesting, covering many aspects of London's history. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Fascinating walking tour exploring the fading painted advertising on walls around Stoke Newington. Sam Roberts is an enthusiastic and engaging guide - the two and a half hours flew by - and I learned a lot about this type of advertising and broader London history. Best of all, I've now started to notice even more 'ghost signs' around London. Highly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Extensive knowledge, personable approach and excellent presentation skills make this really special.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great tour, well worth it. So interesting I learnt loads. Sam knows so much about the area and the signs. I now can't walk down a street without looking for a ghostsign. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This was my second Ghostsigns Walk with Sam and it did not disappoint. I loved having my eyes opened to an area (Bermondsey & Southwark) that I thought I knew well but learning about the stories behind the Ghostsigns, made the area's industrial past come alive. Please devise another one!

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