Moved from the United States to the United Kingdom… and back to the United States. Currently in long-term limbo. My good, bad & ugly experiences as a former expatriate and (possibly) permanent repatriate (who'll continue traveling no matter what).

Aside

Not your typical tour.

I receive lots of travel e-newsletters & have many blogs in my reader. They inspire me to travel the world (or at least imagine doing it), help me refrain from moving back home, and give me ideas about things to do in my neck of the woods. One of the e-newsletters that I receive is Time Out, a great resource worldwide for things to do in some major cities across the planet. Prior to the riots, I received my usual Time Out e-newsletter and a free walking tour caught my eye. A few words stuck out:

Alternative.

Walking.

Free.

Those words, to me, meant that this was a different way to see the area – not your typical (double-decker) bus tour with a bunch of annoying loud American (or insert other country here) tourists and a tour guide holding a megaphone while reciting the typical boring basic (insert any city here) facts. Most importantly, this is free. In a world where the rich get richer and the rest of us get poorer every day, anything free is a godsend. And finally, I like learning about places on an intimate level. I appreciate the good, bad & ugly about places: history, culture, architecture, art, future urban planning, and quirky facts that most others aren’t interested in and/or won’t know.

So I looked at the website listed in the e-newsletter and contacted the person (or people) who run the tours. After a few snafus that were out of my control, I finally got a chance to take the tour. Luckily for me (and you), the tour occurs year-round.

I’m glad to say that I enjoyed myself and wrote a TripAdvisor review about it. Check it out in the link above, as well as a few of the many pictures that I took during the tour below.

Tour guide.

Tour guide.

Shadows.

Shadows.

Bangladesh's national bird.

Bangladesh's national bird.

Jimi.

Jimi.

Local man, aged 90 something.

Local man, aged 90 something.

Burden.

Burden.

If you want a down-to-earth, unpretentious, interesting & (maybe) fun way to explore just one area of this large metropolis, take this tour and my word for it. Enjoy.

The Alternative London Tour
http://www.alternativeldn.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/alternativelondon
https://twitter.com/#!/alternativeldn

9 responses

  1. This looks pretty cool. I think I will have to remember this the next time I am in London, whenever that is. :)

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    October 7, 2011 at 02:21

    • Spinster

      Definitely. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      October 7, 2011 at 20:21

  2. Fabulous. I’ll definitely put this on my list. I get to London next week.

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    October 8, 2011 at 01:42

    • Spinster

      Enjoy.

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      October 8, 2011 at 17:07

  3. MrsNumbles

    Oh, yeah. I’m so dragging the Englishman out for one of these.

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    October 8, 2011 at 02:26

    • Spinster

      Good. He may still learn something new too.

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      October 8, 2011 at 17:07

      • MrsNumbles

        He loves walking around London, so I know he’ll enjoy it just as much.

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        October 8, 2011 at 19:42

  4. Nice you went on the tour. I went earlier this year and I really enjoyed it. Gary is passionate about what he does.

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    October 8, 2011 at 10:36

    • Spinster

      Yes, he is. Anyone who doesn’t give him a tip, especially since he does this for free, is a stingy miser. :-|

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      October 8, 2011 at 17:08

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