Clapham Ghostsigns Walk

This tour opens on 11/01/2021.

Free Tour


Take a stroll (in real life, or virtually) through Clapham, South West London, and learn about its fading painted signs. With ghost signs expert Sam Roberts as your guide, you’ll find out about the local and national businesses they represent, including:

  • The connections between the former garage on Landor Road and the nearby Bedford pub;
  • How the whitewashing of an old painted sign resulted in a question to the Mayor at the London Assembly;
  • How two-part gold leaf shopfronts are created;
  • And the lost London postcode that shares a building with an old sign for a former chemist’s shop.

The walk lasts about an hour on foot, or 40 minutes if done in ‘armchair’ mode using the google streetview links. For those that want more at the end there are four bonus stops with more of London’s best ghost signs included.

The walk was originally developed for the Lambeth Heritage Festival in collaboration with Roy Reed and The Clapham Society. Many of the featured signs are included alongside more than 250 across the Capital in the book Ghost Signs: A London Story, published in November 2021 by Isola Press (order page).

Course Instructor

Sam Roberts Sam Roberts Author