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Highlights

  • Learn about Viv’s long and personal connection to Covent Garden.
  • Gaze at the house that Dickens lived and worked in.
  • Discover the ghostly history of the area.
  • Explore the hidden streets and alleys not seen by most tourists!
  • See the oldest restaurant in London.
  • Learn about the trial of Oscar Wilde.

What to Expect

Your Guide:
Hello, my name is Viv. I originally come from Norway. I have lived in London since 1975 and in that time have lived in Notting Hill Gate, Harlsden, Ealing, Putney, Camden, Holborn, New Cross, and Greenwich to name a few places!

I became homeless 16 years ago after a relationship broke up. I ended up having to leave where I was living at the time and began sleeping on people’s sofas- what homeless people call ‘sofa surfing’. I have been in this position on and off for the last 16 years.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone on the walking tours and telling them about the fascinating facts I have found out about the area!

The Tour:
Explore the Covent Garden area with Viv, and learn about the surprising history of Waterloo Bridge’s reconstruction during the Second World War and the connections of the area to pioneer scientist Michael Faraday.

Discover Caspar, the Savoy Hotel’s mysterious cat guest, ghosts in the theatre district, the secrets of the Knights Templar and the location of London’s last remaining subterranean Roman bath.

Hear about Viv’s personal connection to the building that houses the London Transport Museum and her experiences of homelessness in Covent Garden.

The tours have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2015 with over 400 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and has also won an Ethical Award from The Observer.


What is included

  • Fluent English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish.
  • Local expert tour guide.
  • Learn about Viv's personal experience of homelessness in London.

What to bring

  • A camera to capture your memories.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.

About your Localist

Albert

We are a Social Enterprise working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners.


Language

  • English


$ 18 p.p.
 
 
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