A walking history of Black London: Tours to join during Black History Month

A black woman walking - picture to represent walking history of Black London

Take a stroll around London during Black History Month.

London is a great city for walking.  Forget about the tube, avoid hopping on the bus, don’t be tempted by a bike – just get outside and explore on your own two feet.  And, if you want to combine walking with learning a bit of history about the capital, Black History Month is an ideal time to do it.

During Black History Month, there are a large number of organised walks across all parts of London, which help to uncover many fascinating buildings and monuments; landmarks and parks; people and statues, all associated with the black history of the capital.

You may even see parts of the city you didn’t know about before, or learn a new story about a familiar place. Check out the list below to see if there is a walk happening near to you.

Black History Walk of Islington

Islington canal
Angel, Islington. Photograph: Marc Barrot/Flickr

A 2-hour walking tour through some of Islington’s little known landmarks and places of African significance with professional guide Avril Nanton.

Meet at Angel Station

Multiple dates


Black History Month – Slavery and the City

walking tour Bank
Bank, City of London. Photograph: Chas B/Flickr

A walking tour exploring the City of London’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

Meet at St Paul’s Tube Station

Multiple dates


Hackney Black History Walks

Hackney Downs. Photograph: Diamond Geezer/Flickr

Friendly and informal walks in celebration of Hackney’s Black History Map, led by Lydia Julien.

Meet at Dalston CLR James Library

Multiple dates


Secrets of Soho – Black History Walk

tour down street, soho
Soho. Photograph: Zach Rowlandson/Unsplash

This special walk delves into an amazing depth of African/Caribbean history between Soho Square and Russell Square.

Meet in Soho

3 October, 13.30-15.30


St Paul’s/Bank – Black History Walk

St. Paul’s Cathedral. Photograph: Amy-Leigh Barnard/Unsplash

A 2½-hour guided tour, which promises to take you through hundreds of years of Africa’s contribution to London’s way of life.

Meet at St Paul’s/Bank

3 October, 10.00 and 6 October, 12.15


Black Abolitionist Walking Tour

Freemason’s Hall. Photograph: It’s No Game/Flickr

A 90-minute walking tour in central London highlighting six sites where African American activists made an important impact on the British landscape, led by Dr Hannah-Rose Murray.

Meet at Freemasons Hall

Multiple dates


Clapham Common Walk

Clapham Common Underground Station. Photograph: RPM/Flickr

A walk highlighting the hidden black history of Clapham.

Meet at Clapham Common

4 October, 11.00-12.30


Black Legacies – Westminster Walk

Statue of Eros, Piccadilly Circus. Photograph: Fernanda Guimaraes/Flickr

Rod Westmass leads a walk to highlight Africa’s influence on some of the famous streets of central London.

Meeting point: Eros, Piccadilly Circus

Multiple dates


Bring a sun hat, bring a brolly, bring a snack to eat, and get walking!

For more information:

Black History Walks
SOAS Students’ Union
SOAS Black History Month

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