The London Ear Guided Walk

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The London Ear Guided Walk
© Cathy Haynes, 2014

This two-mile tour invites you to explore the streets of the City of London in a novel way – through the medium of sound. Walkers will have the chance to train their ears to London’s sonic landscape – from birdsong to road crossings – and learn how the noises we hear on our streets are changing in time. The ticket price includes a noisy snack.


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 The London Ear walk was a guided tour like none other. Starting on Remembrance Sunday at St. Paul's Cathedral and winding our way though old and new passageways and learning about London in a completely different perspective that i would have have never discovered! A truly great experience learning about London's history that i would recommend all to see... or hear.

Sometimes its really difficult to follow instructions because they feel at odds with your usual pattern of behaviour - so a tour guide encouraging you to listen rather than look felt counter-intuitive.  But listening is a very different way of experiencing a city and the London Ear made us think in a whole new way about the CIty of London.  Aural rather than visual in every way - Rosie's explanations and guidance was aided by recorded excerpts of City sounds - although the birds failed to play their part.  Thanks Rosie for giving us a new aspect of London to appreciate.

I joined the London Ear tour on Remembrance Sunday so we started by observing the 2 minutes silence but the whole walk was a real eye -(or should that be ear?) opener. So often we are bombarded by visuals that we don't take the time to listen to London and this walk, with lots of interesting facts and anecdotes, really made you view London in a new light; I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to visitors and Londoners alike.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Amazing! I'd like to thank my brilliant guide, Rosie, who showed me a side to London I never knew. We explored the sometimes silent, and hidden spaces around the City, as well as the more noisy parts. I was encouraged to actively listen to my environment, something I realise I rarely do, this made the walk through the bustling market quite overwhelming and I spent the rest of the afternoon just strolling around the city listening to everthing I'd been ignoring before. A very enlightening tour. Perfect.