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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

London's Best Tour

Meet Mark and Viv, my tour guides last Sunday. Unseen Tours will change the way you see London. We left from temple and finished at Gray's Inn Fields. This tour is different as you take in the famous and historic landmarks your guides also weave in the stories of the street. Personal stories of life on the street. You'll have nooks and crannies pointed out to you that are bedrooms and living rooms. Places you might otherwise overlook.

Mark and Viv are homeless as are all the guides with unseen tours.

They are lots of fun, they had me singing a little ditty in Drury Lane and astounded me with their positive and caring outlook on life.

Their stories will make you laugh and cry but more than that you will never feel the same way about the street again.

Make sure you include an Unseen Tour soon.

The brainchild of an organisation sockmob who describe themselves as

" a group of friends engaging with the homeless in London by cutting through the misconceptions, prejudice and fear that often accompany stereotypes of rough sleepers and other vulnerable groups in the city."

Unseen Tours directly contribute to improving the quality of life of some of London's most marginalised people, as the lions share of ticket sales goes to the guides themselves. All profits are reinvested back into Sock Mob Events, a social enterprise, to train more guides and continue to build their skills and creativity.

16 comments:

Irredento Urbanita said...

Those unseen tours arrive to the heart of tourists, I am sure.

Regards

Valery

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Northern Girl Knits said...

That is really such a great idea. Glad you got to see more of the city and learn from it's wisest residents.

B SQUARED said...

Very interesting!

Babzy said...

Never heard of that , must be a touching tour !

Luis Gomez said...

This is really great! What a wonderful idea.

Gunn said...

This is todays GOOD NEWS!

(On a day when North and South Korea makes the headlines.... )

Best wishes to all the guides!!:)
One day I will be there and follow one of the tours.

RedPat said...

I will bookmark this tour for my trip next year! Sounds like fun.

biebkriebels said...

That is a very good idea, had never heard of it.

jennyfreckles said...

Sounds a great idea - I will pass it on to my London living daughter.

Rolf said...

It must have been fun, and you did a little ditty singing. I wish I was there listening

Amber said...

I think it's always good when we take what we think we know and look at it from a completely different angle. More pictures?

A.Decker said...

Wonderful! My wife is trying to get me to visit England next year, no doubt with the expected tourist type stuff in mind. Won't she be surprised when I suggest this?!
Thanks very much for passing it on.

Nathalie said...

What a great idea. I'm just so impressed with the concept. Congratulations to all the people engaged in the project and to your tour guides. I would definitely take such a tour if I came to London.

Emm said...

I've heard from so many people that these tours are incredible. I must go on one of them.

Anonymous said...

I had the chance and went on one of these tours (the Old Street one) on last Saturday. Mind you, it was freezing cold! I was with a friend of mine, plus a family from Denmark.
Genuinely interesting! But it proved to be very hard to not look a bit deeper and imagine the lives of these homeless people... They were telling incredible and sad stories. And the great thing is that they have not lost their sense of humour - even after spending 10-15 years on the streets of London!

raskolniikov said...

thank you for this tip. i will certainly book a tour before christmas.

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