The London Ear

What does the London Ear hear? What is it listening for?

Join us on a two mile sonic stroll through the City of London. From church bells to road crossing beeps, we’ll turn an inquisitive ear to the noises that control, affect and define us. We’ll tune into sounds of the past, like the birdsong that triggered a bucolic hallucination and the metallic rasp that inspired a street name. And we’ll investigate how London’s soundscape is changing today as we echolocate through back alleys and round skyscrapers.

The London Ear is led by Rosie Oliver. A keen London listener, Rosie divides her time between leading Dotmaker walks and producing spoken audio features. Listen to Rosie introduce the Sunday version of the walk.

What to expect

The London Ear guided walk blends real-time listening with stories about sounds from the City’s past and insights into how London might sound in the future. The walk contains stories, insights and surprises for those whose ear isn’t technically trained alongside the more musically minded. Tour goers will be guided to refine their ear for the City and pay attention to what they usually filter out.

An amazing tour … Rosie was highly prepared and deeply researched – she really knew her stuff. She had the most fantastic energy and kept us engaged for some two and a half hours … I cannot recommend this tour more highly. — Crispin, Switzerland 

Just incredible. Walking round the City of London learning about the history of the area through sounds – from stock exchange to poetry to bells. Really rich and enjoyable. — Rebecca, Clapton

Scheduled public walks

We have just two public walks currently scheduled, with numbers limited to max 5 people. This is so as to allow for social distancing. Read about our other steps to manage the risks associated with Covid-19.

Sunday 23 May, 10.50am-1.20pm 
Sunday 13 June, 10.50am-1.20pm. 
Meet: St Paul’s Tube Station. End: Near Liverpool Street station.

Suitable for: adults.

Tickets: £25. Price includes a noisy snack. Booking is essential as places are limited

Featured on BBC Radio

Leader of The London Ear Rosie Oliver’s recording of St Paul’s Cathedral bells Chiming During the Pandemic was shortlisted for Sound of the Year 2020, and played on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show. Her London Ear inspired piece London A to G was featured on BBC Radio Ulster’s former Soundscapes show and played at HearSay International Audio Arts Festival. 

Private group bookings

From 11th April, The London Ear will be available most Sunday mornings for private groups of up to 5 friends and family. The group fee is £125. 

We can also lead The London Ear at other times for student groups and corporates. If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.