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Artesian Wander Goes East – A Cool London Walk

Artesian Wander Goes East – A Cool London Walk

Last night… your host the Wandering Scotsman found himself on the third Artesian Wander, the Summer edition, which took place around Hackney Wick, a very cool and happening part of London – an area which I never tire of visiting.

Artesian Wanders are a series of walks brought to you by Fiji Water in association with Le Cool London magazien which explore the secret sights of London that are easily overlooked and which are most definitely worth discovering. If you want to do this walk and I know you do, head over to Le Cool and download a map and the podcast.

The Hackney Wick walk really is one of those walks that has it all… it really does! You will have the chance to explore parts of the Hereford Union Canal, and the River Lea which really are quite scenic – even the graffiti is mostly good! On top of that you will discover fantastic cafés, pubs, and galleries, as well as finding out  loads of interesting facts about the area.

I will tell you this… the aroma of delicious food that was flowing out of the Yard – a bar, café, theatre – was quite simple mouth watering. And as per usual the Stour Space and the Foreman Gallery had exhibitions on that are worth taking a look at.

One of the highlights of the tour – I have a dark sense of humour – was discovering that the first murder on a British train happened in Hackney Wick. If you can call the killing of a banker murder, that is more like a public service! And I’m obviously only joking before the police come banging on my door – however it would be nice to see them in the area though!

Artesian Wander Goes East In Pictures

Last night was the launch event for the Summer Edition of Artesian Wanders, which meant we never completed the walk… we stopped at a real gem of a pub Top O’ the Morning for a few beers and to party.

For those of you who do this walk and it is worth doing, tell the staff at the Top O’ the Morning pub that you are on the Artesian Wander and you will get a free bottle of Fiji Water, offer valid until the end of July.

I will most definitely be returning to complete the whole walk before the Summer is over – if it ever arrives. This is a fun walk in a happening and vibrant part of London.


  1. I’d love to take this walk. Of all your shots I loved the bathroom doors the very best. How clever.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Comedy Plus, the doors are cool, and it is an enjoyable walk…

  3. Awesome pics! Few arse shots of me in there but no-one will know! Nice to meet you x

  4. Deni, and it was great to meet you too, and at least you have a photogenic bottom…