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Homeless tours of London

 
November 2nd 2010
 


Homeless people are offering tourists an alternative view of London with guided tours around Old Street and London Bridge.

The trained guides, all of whom are homeless, offer a "historical but also unexplored perspective of the city", said the Sock Mob, which inspired the tours.

As well as showing a different side to the capital, guides from Unseen Tours also give groups a lesson in the history of homelessness, weaving in their own experiences of life on the streets.

The tours cost either £5 or £8, with guides reinvesting some of the cash into the scheme and keeping the rest. Starting as a pilot scheme with just four tour guides, the social enterprise is now training three new guides, with upcoming tours of Brick Lane and Covent Garden to be added to the bill.

Sock Mob said that it welcomed interest from homeless people across London who would like to get involved.

 
 
 

November 2010

 

Contents

London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve

 

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