Friends & Club Outings

  • Group on The London Ear

    Group on The London Ear

  • Trinity Buoy Wharf and Secrets of the Docks

    Trinity Buoy Wharf and Secrets of the Docks

Friends, Family get-togethers & Club Outings

Looking for an unusual outing for friends and family who don’t all share the same interests? Seeking an edifying adventure for your club members?

Dotmaker Tours are a pleasurable and unexpected way to bring friends and family together while you’re making creative discoveries, learning about pressing contemporary issues and exploring London. All our tours are designed to trigger conversation and insight. They offer new perspectives on the city and richer ways of looking at the world at large.

All our walking tours are available for groups throughout the year: see the list below. They take place in central London, the City, Greenwich and the Docklands. They can be organised to suit your schedule.

Whether you’d like to make your tour part of a breakfast outing or wrap it around lunch, we can advise on the best places to eat and drink nearby.

The walks are led by fully insured guides, Rosie Oliver and Cathy Haynes. A life-long Londoner, Rosie founded Dotmaker Tours in 2012. She also produces spoken audio features for Tickertape Productions. Rosie has a background as an environmental lawyer. Cathy Haynes is an artist-curator and founding faculty member of The School of Life. Cathy leads A Genius Tour.

Arrange a private group walk

Interested in booking a private tour? Drop us a line to let us know what you’re looking for and your dates, and we’ll take it from there. 

Fabulous! … we really loved [the] walk. Intimate, informative and a new perspective on seeing and hearing London. (London In Slow Motion)

Thank you so much for a great time – we all thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the accompanying discussions! You left us with so much to think about which was just what we wanted. (A Power Trip)

What a truly thrilling Rubbish Trip we had. It was perfect. Well organised, well paced, full of interesting information and locations. It’s the way you provoke new ways of thinking and looking at the world which is so enriching.  (A Rubbish Trip)

Thank you for taking us on such a fascinating, surprising and unusual walk. Everyone (from the age of 6-56!) thoroughly enjoyed every moment. A treat to explore such unexpected and exciting backwaters of London along the Thames, and to be able to put all the new developments and initiatives into the context of the history of London and the river. (Trinity Buoy Wharf and Secrets of the Docks)

Tours available for groups to book

For the full details of each tour’s content and location, click on its title.

  • A Rubbish Trip (Isle of Dogs and Greenwich) – Take a trip through London’s history of muck and trash, and get to know some of the most fascinating and little-known parts of the capital.
  • The London Ear (City of London) – Listen your way through the City with extraordinary tales and playful experiments. Find out about the capital’s defining Cs and B flats, why you can hear Bow Bells in Singapore and what future cars could sound like.
  • Chimneys & Tunnels along the Thames (Greenwich and Isle of Dogs) – Take a good long yomp through the remains of London’s industrial landscape, discovering its history of manufacture, pollution and power.
  • The Greenwich Bestiary – Gain a fresh perspective on this much-loved historic site. Be entertained by whimsical facts and intriguing stories about the animals of Greenwich, from Pelican crossings to Henry VIII’s jousting horse.
  • A Genius Tour (West End) – Follow in the footsteps of visionaries to blow apart the myths about genius. Make playful experiments that spur your creativity. Find the riches no one else is looking for in the heart of London.
  • London In Slow Motion (West End) – Move against the flow of the hyperactive city and find the hidden spaces of calm.
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf and Secrets of the Docks (North Greenwich and the Docklands) – Take in the twists and turns of the Thames around North Greenwich Peninsula from the cable car above and on foot. Discover isolated pockets of London undergoing massive change, and their rich history of seafaring, industry and trade.
  • A Power Trip (Central London) – Do some counter-surveillance on the forces that control and influence us, from discovering who is behind the CCTV cameras above our heads to visiting a court of law in action.