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Whispers of advertising past are the focus of these walking tours through Stoke Newington, and Bankside, 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, and awarded the Certificate of Excellence (2015; 2016; 2017) on Trip Advisor, the tours will inspire you to start spotting ghostsigns everywhere you go with an appreciation of their history and place in contemporary urban streetscapes.

The tours are led by Sam Roberts, a.k.a. Mr Ghostsigns, curator of the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive and author of numerous articles and book contributions on the topic.

Tickets, which includes a set of London Ghostsigns postcards, cost £20 per person and the tours last 2-2.5 hours. Private tours can be arranged by contacting Sam by email or phone (, +44 7989 409 046).

Terms & Conditions: Once booked, cancellations are only refundable at the tour guide’s discretion, with sufficient notice.

Ghostsigns Tours App

The Ghostsigns Tours App features all of the content from the in-person walks in audio and text formats, with accompanying archival photography. Contemporary photography and google streetview links are also provided for those unable to walk the streets and see the signs in person.



Other Tours

Here are some other tours in London and further afield that may also be of interest, with others covered on these past blog posts:

If you know of one that isn't listed here then please get in touch so that I can add it.