Anarchism in London – The walkers collective of Fitzrovia & Soho.



The walkers collective of Fitzrovia & Soho


On this walk join Ade as we delve deep into the often overlooked, and unknown history of London’s era of the Anarchism movement in the Victorian age.

There are established walks already in Soho that discuss Socialism in London, and I don’t want to tread on any toes, so here we go into the world of the often misunderstood anarchist campaign.

Most people believe that Anarchism is, and was, just a small band of radicals bent on destruction, burning & looting, with a general disregard for property and the law. 

On today’s walk I’d like to set a few of those myths straight!

Especially towards the end of the 19th century, Anarchism was a theory that millions around the globe believed in. Generally thought to have begun in Paris, with main centres mainly in Europe, such as Barcelona, Berlin and London.

There were two main districts of radical politics in the city in the 19th century, laterly Stepney, and prior to that, Fitzrovia and Soho.

There were two main reasons for the influx of anarchists from abroad, the bloody closure of the Paris Commune and then Chancellor Bismark’s anti socialist act in what was to become Germany. 

These prompted waves of immigration from said countries, and the travellers generally populated what we now know as Fitzrovia (although it was then known as Fitzroy Square) and Soho.

The anarchists were surprisingly very organised. Up sprang groceries to cater for the tastes of home, schools were founded so children could learn in a non religious environment, soup kitchens were opened to feed the needy, and many, many clubs opened to offer a haven for political discussion.

On this walk hopefully a few myths will be dispelled. 

There will be at least a couple of names that you may of heard of on this walk, even if not ‘leftist’ minded. Although not an Anarchist, Karl Marx will be talked about as he lived for many years in Soho, and also Martial Bourdin, the lone bomber of the Greenwich Observatory, made famous by the book and TV ‘The Secret Agent’.

So, come on down and understand a little more about this movement that for so many years has been misrepresented in the media, and on the street.


As a final point, rather than call myself ‘a guide’, I’d rather be known simply as a bloke who has done a bit more research into an area of London than the average Joe!

I won’t wear a costume, read from a script etc, I will however just babble on about stuff that I’m deeply passionate about, and hope that you will be also.

Think of me as a mate who shares your interest in London’s rich history, and a fella you’d like to have a pint with.

I don’t want to give you a history lesson but if you want a “guide” that digs deeper, then I think I’m your man.


Take a stroll with Ade, a qualified London Borough Guide

£10 on the day

Walk takes about 2.5 hours.


Take a stroll with Ade, a qualified London Borough Guide

‘Enthusing the enthusiastic’

Ade Bloke


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