Walking Tour with a Difference

Recently I went on a walking tour of the Brick Lane area of East London run by Unseen Tours. These are organized by The Sock Mob, a volunteer network engaging with London’s homeless. The tours are led by a homeless or formerly homeless guide who has slept rough on the streets of the area being explored. As well as Brick Lane there are tours of London Bridge, Shoreditch, Covent Garden and Brixton. My guide was Liz and we started in Hoxton Square moving on to St Leonard’s Church, the Boundary Estate, Brick Lane itself and finishing at Spitalfields Market. The whole tour took about an hour and a half and as well as providing the historical background you’d expect from a guide, Liz was a mine of quirky and unusual information about every street we visited.  You can find out more about these tours at http://sockmobevents.org.uk/

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