Esoteric London


Esoteric London was founded by the photographers Roger Dean and David Secombe.


Roger has been working as a photographer for twenty five years. He has had work published in various magazines including British Vogue and has also exhibited across Europe and in the USA. He lives north of the river. Roger can be contacted at esotericlondon at hotmail dot com


Katy’s blog is Baroque in Hackney. She is a poet; her latest collection is Egg Printing Explained (Salt Publishing; June 2011). She specialises in corporate communications and PR in the not-for-profit sector, and is available for commission and freelance assignments.

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Charles Jennings is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has been a columnist in The Times, Guardian and Observer, and is the author of several critically-acclaimed books: among them, Up North, The Fast Set and Them and Us. He is currently working on a critical introduction to the works of Jane Austen. He also worked as a part-time barman at the National Theatre in the late 1970s. See post No. 287.


Edward Mirzoeff was at the BBC, as a director, producer and executive producer, for 37 years. He worked with John Betjeman, James Cameron, Ludovic Kennedy and AJP Taylor. His single documentaries include Metro-land, The Ritz, The Front Garden, and Elizabeth R, and, among the series, Bird’s-Eye View and 40 Minutes. There are 4 BAFTAs and an Emmy on the shelves. See post No. 242.


Julie lives and works in London and is an artist whose work is photography based. She studied photography at Westminster University and The London College of Communication and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London.

Her work reflects her interests in sexuality and performance in public spaces and the desire for fantasy and escape in western culture. In addition to Baby Oil and Ice her book publications include: Zeropolis, Stripping Las Vegas: A Contextual Review of Casino Resort Architecture and The Architects Guide to Fame. Julie Cook has produced a series of artist books (available from her website including Las Vegas Diaries and Some Las Vegas Strip Clubs. Her most recent work is Beauties of Today Vol 1-4 and RENO. Julie is a member of ABC Artists Book Cooperative and will be exhibiting her books at Printed Matter in New York in June. The exhibition focuses on the use of print on demand technologies. See post No. 332 and post No. 334.


Sarah Ainslie is a freelance photographer in London’s East End, whose work in theatre, performance and the local community has been exhibited and published extensively.‘Baby Oil and Ice, Striptease in East London’ her collaboration with Julie Cook and Lara Clifton is available to purchase directly from Sarah as is her book ‘Complicite ‘Rehearsal Notes’. See post No. 331 post No. 333 and post No. 384.

Sarah can be contacted at and her website can be seen at


Anya Lipska is a television producer turned crime novelist. Her debut novel, Where the Devil Can’t Go, is a detective thriller set among London’s Poles with a plot reaching back to the Solidarity era, and is available in the UK as an ebook via Kindlestore. It is also being published by Random House Germany. See post No. 515.

Anya can be contacted via and the ebook can be purchased by clicking here.

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  1. Katie said, on May 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Hi roger, my friend (Jo Simpson) recommended a guided walk that you hosted around Clerkenwell. I was wondering if this is something you still offer? If so, I’d love to book a place on one of your ‘tours’ as a birthday gift for my parents. Look forward to hearing from you, katie

    • esotericlondon said, on May 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Katie
      Thanks for your enquiry and yes I do still do tours. If you email me at esotericlondon(at) then I will give you more information.
      Many thanks

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