Monday, 21 February 2011
A Sock Mob Tour of London Bridge
Yesterday, Jon and I went met some friends in London and went on a Sock Mob Tour. I first heard of these tours in the Big Issue and was intrigued about the idea of being taken on a tour of London with a homeless or ex-homeless person for a guide. So, when I decided to visit London for the weekend, I emailed friends asking if they fancied joining me on one - and they did! :)
One of my friends lives in Southwark, so we picked the London Bridge tour. We all met outside the main Tooley Street exit of London Bridge tube station just before 3pm and soon found our guide, Hazel, holding a cardboard sign. We waited for a few others to turn up, and then began the tour...
As we followed Hazel, she mixed anecdotes of her own experience of sleeping rough in the area with fascinating tales of its history. We saw & learnt about London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, the Golden Hinde, Winchester Palace, the Clink Prison, Bear Gardens, the Rose Theatre, the site of the original Globe Theatre and the Crossbones Graveyard. It was a cold day, but that didn't spoil our enjoyment. And, afterwards, we joined Hazel for drinks in the George. We liked it so much there, we stayed for dinner!
If you're in London, either visiting or living there, why not try one of these tours yourself? They're great fun, informative and provide a unique insight into a city that never ceases to surprise! Visit the Sock Mob website, choose a tour and either book online or just turn up and pay on the day. I'm already planning to try another tour sometime later this year!