Become an Islington guide

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  • Feb

Places are still available on the University of Westminster’s Clerkenwell and Islington Tour Guiding course starting in January.

A course for people wanting to become guides and those who just want to expand their knowledge of local history, it is focused on Clerkenwell and Islington and some of London’s most historic and culturally rich sights.

Students get to study and visit places like the Clerk’s Well, medieval Charterhouse and St John’s Gate, the 17th century New River, Islington’s handsome Georgian squares, and Sadler’s Wells. Shakespeare, Hogarth, Dickens, Orwell, Sickert, Lenin, Morris are just some of the names from the worlds of art, literature and politics whose lives have connected with the area.

The course mixes learning about Clerkenwell and Islington and its history with sessions devoted to the skills required to interpret the area to diverse audiences, both on the street and inside buildings.

Students will study at the university’s newly refurbished Marylebone campus and those who successfully complete the course will qualify for the badge and membership of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association. CIGA is running a Meet the Guides session on Thursday 8 December at 7pm. This is an opportunity to see a bit of the local area and discuss the course and guiding with CIGA members. Find out more about the Meet the Guides session here.

The next course starts in January 2017 and runs until July 2017. Lessons are held on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and costs £995.

To apply, got to this website and complete the Tour Guiding Application form:

Or for further information and any general admission enquiries call 020 3506 6490 or email

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