Walking Tours in London

Sean Patterson’s unconventional walks combine architecture, literature, social history and psychogeography to bring London’s past, present and future to life.

Group walks, educational walks and private walks available. Get in touch to discuss requirements!

Charles Booth Inspired walks:   Deptford, Whitechapel, Clerkenwell, Westminster

Charles Booth inspired walks use Victorian philanthropist Charles Booth’s pioneering socio-economic study of London as we follow his actual routes and read from his notebook. Readings from famous diaries, literature and documents help to describe the past, present and future of each area.

Literature and Charles Booth virtual walks:  

Stop press – A shorter version of Sean’s literature walks, and now some Booth walks, can now be booked as live virtual zoom events for £5 via Eventbrite.

Virtual Charles Booth Deptford      Friday September 18   6pm. eventbrite tickets 

Virtual Literary Covent Garden      Monday October 5     2pm  eventbrite tickets

Virtual Literary Clerkenwell            Wednesday October 7  2pm. eventbrite tickets


Literature walks explore particular themes such as the urban mindset of Georgian Covent Garden, or the radical and religious history of Clerkenwell.

City of London/Westminster general walks:

Private/educational walks available in London’s two Cities. Just ask!

Sean’s Deptford walk featured on Michael Portillo on Great British Railway Journeys 2015 and his Whitechapel walk on Antiques Roadshow Detectives the following year.

The Charles Booth Inspired Deptford Walk is Royal Geographic Society’s most popular audio walk:   Link

Charles Booth Walks were involved in the research for the Assassin’s Creed game.


Polly Toynbee ‘great!’

Lonely Planet ‘A thinking man’s tour’  Link 

Check out this latest Londonist article about the skull and crossbones in Deptford’s graveyard  Link

Listen to Sean discussing Greenwich and Deptford with Canadian podcaster Jason Bryden  Link