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The London Ear

  • London sound walk
  • London sound walk
  • London Walks

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

2020: Sunday 11 October and Sunday 8 November.
Meet: 11am by St Paul’s Tube Station. End: c 1.30pm near Liverpool Street station.

Suitable for: adults.

Tickets: £25. Price includes a noisy snack. Booking is essential, as we’re limiting the group size to max 5 people. This is to allow for social distancing and meet the new rules on social gatherings. Read about our other steps to manage the risks associated with Covid-19.

Private group bookings

This walk is available to groups throughout the year. Visit our groups pages to find out more.