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“Great for arts, history or just interested in this great city”

Ghostsigns Walking Tours
Ranked #76 of 693 Tours in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Madrid
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great for arts, history or just interested in this great city”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

The walk is not long, quite relaxed and with a nice atmosphere, Sam is superopen to answer questions and dis good research for all the signs and the trade. Superinteresting if you are a Londoner or just visiting interested on arts and history.

Visited June 2014
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Ghostsigns, Owner at Ghostsigns Walking Tours, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thanks, I hope the rest of your stay in London was good too. I love getting questions and it's always good to have them so that I'm covering the aspects that guests are most interested in.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Learning to look”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

This was an excellent tour especially if you are interested in advertising or typography. Trying to work out what the signs said tested the group. I shall certainly be looking at buildings from a different perspective in future. Sam is a very good speaker who can project his voice for all to hear.

Visited June 2014
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Ghostsigns, Owner at Ghostsigns Walking Tours, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thanks for the feedback. I've been practising getting heard with the traffic but I give up when the emergency services whiz by. Great to have you on tour and maybe see you on another in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent tour”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Covered a lot of ground in terms of seeing different kinds of faded signs and the techniques and companies behind them. Sam is a knowledgable guide and a good speaker too.

Visited June 2014
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Ghostsigns, Owner at Ghostsigns Walking Tours, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thanks for the feedback. There are so many aspects of ghostsigns that I'm trying to cover so it's good to know that all of this is coming across on the walk.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Really interesting, will make you look at the city from a new perspective”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Great tour, really insightful and informative about the history of Stoke Newington and by extension, London. An interesting approach to accessing a living history.

Visited June 2014
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Ghostsigns, Owner at Ghostsigns Walking Tours, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thanks for the feedback. I agree, ghostsigns are a very specific lens to examine history through, but one that offers many different clues and insights.
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“Not only visually interesting but the knowledge and stories behind the signs was in depth and fascinating.”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Really worth the money! Sam has such a passion and knowledge for the signs. The two hours flew by and we saw some interesting pieces shedding light on the history of stoke newington.

Visited June 2014
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Ghostsigns, Owner at Ghostsigns Walking Tours, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thanks for the feedback, so it's true that time flies when you're enjoying yourself.
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