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Homeless tours of London

November 01 2010
Trained homeless guides offer a different view of the capital

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.