silk river

Day 2 – 16th Sept Tower Hamlets

Sat 16th Sept – East London’s Silk Trail – Tower Hamlets.

Walk Route


Walk Description

Follow the silk trail in Tower Hamlets and join the Council’s  ‘A’ Team Arts for a day of performances at six historic locations.

We trace the footsteps of migrant Huguenot silk weavers through the grand houses in Fournier St, past the rag traders in Brick Lane and on to the park dedicated to the memory of Altab Ali – a symbol of the anti-racism movement. At the site of the “Strangers’ Home” learn about the lives of the East India Company lascars and their protests, and visit the church of the East India Company. We will weave their stories together through textiles, and performances from today’s younger generation of these aspirational communities.

Technical difficulty of walk: Moderate.

Distance: 3.98 miles



09.30 Start at Christ Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LY.

13.15 – 14.15  Lunch at St Anne’s Church, Commercial Road, Limehouse. You may wish to take a local bus from Mulberry School to St Anne’s Church.  Lunch is not provided, please bring a picnic.

17.00 Finish at Museum of London Docklands.
The ten community walks are part of a series of longer ‘link’ walks that will see the flags carried from Kew to Southend using only boots or boats. These longer walks range from six miles to 23 miles. They have been planned with the London branch of the Long Distance Walkers Association, a Silk River partner, and are designed for experienced walkers only. For more information visit


Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk.

 You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.

Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the Silk River website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.

We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.

These images are from the Silk River research and design trips in Tower Hamlets by Mike Johnston.