My hometown of Tooting, recently named in Lonely Planet as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world to live in, is full of wondrous hidden gems. From vibrant multicultural markets to a beautiful bingo hall housed in an iconic Grade I cinema, I'll share the stories behind these gems as well as introduce you to the communities and individuals that make Tooting such a special place. I'll also share with you recommendations of places to visit and things to do in areas across London that would be of specific interest to you, that will help you to get under the skin of the city.
I'm a community leader and founder of the Living London tour company. Over the years, I've explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden gems across the city, from bingo halls and burial grounds to wild nature reserves and quirky art galleries. Through my explorations, I've met hundreds of interesting Londoners - artists, urban explorers, filmmakers, storytellers, mudlarks, conservationists- even a lighthouse keeper. I've been leading secret wanderings, workshops and events in different areas of London for years. I know the city inside out- it's people, places and stories. I've created tours for clients including the Tate, Museum of London, Time Out, Kings College, citizenM and Ace Hotel. Find me at @livinglon / livinglondon.org
We'll be visiting a number of interesting places on the walk including the vibrant Tooting High street and markets, a regal bingo hall and a hidden cemetery
Secret Tooting Wandering