Pete, Brick Lane Tour Guide

An Obstacle Course: Homelessness Assistance and the Right to Housing in England

You know there’s a serious problem when Amnesty International write a report about homelessness. On June 8th I attended a conference at the London office of Amnesty International to read and discuss their latest report into assistance for people suffering from homelessness and the right to living accommodation in England. The title of the report is […]

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Change Please?

Oh! The English language, the subtle nuance of common everyday words. No wonder that non-English speakers find it difficult to understand complex, yet simple statements. Take the title of this ode “Change Please?”. Most will assume that this statement is meant to convey the need for a change in some material or even political sense. […]

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Happy Earthday!

For years and years, instead of saying Happy Birthday to people, I’ve always wished them a Happy Earthday! There are 2 reasons for this, firstly it rhymes with Happy Birthday, and secondly, it’s based on the traditional Rastafarian version, Blessed Earthstrong. It was not until about 10 years ago that I learned that there actually […]

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Supporting A Homeless Organisation Through Art + An Update on Last Month’s Blog

It’s funny what you come across on a rainy afternoon on Facebook watch. After the ever-present litany of food videos, dog videos, and suchlike, the following video came up on one of my favourite comedians feed, Russell Howard, about this guy who wanted to make his own Thank You cards for an occasion that had […]

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An Urgent Appeal from StreetLink

Hi Everyone, Pete here. I always mention StreetLink on my tour of Brick Lane and today, I share an urgent appeal from them. StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping. StreetLink enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. I fully support the work that […]

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A Very Interesting Question about Homelessness With Very Interesting Answers

Having been a tour guide with Unseen Tours for 7 years I get asked a lot of questions by my guests. Some of which are strange and some are poignant.  When I meet my guests, I ask them to save their questions until the end for a reason that you will find later in this […]

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IT’S CHRISTMAS (Quiz Time)! As Noddy Holder famously screamed… (Well, almost!)

Of course, the last 18 months have been some of the strangest experienced outside of the war years. We couldn’t run our walking tours for much of 2020, so we unleashed on the world our now somewhat famous “NOT-IN-A-PUB” quizzes. I’m thrilled to announce that the Zoom-based quizzes are making a well-deserved comeback this Christmas! […]

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World Homeless Day

“World Homeless Day” seems like a weird title, but I truly believe that there is a huge need for such an event. Unseen Tours’ core mission is to start conversations about homelessness issues. We believe that the “ripple-effect” from these conversations can change perceptions and bring answers to the questions and challenges raised. People often […]

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(vo)ULEZ vous!

Despite the rather flippant title of this month’s blog, this is one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to write.  I’m afraid that this will turn into a rant, so please accept my apologies in advance.  You may have noticed fewer cars in your city on 21st September 2021… no? Hmm… it was National Car-Free […]

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And the Award Goes to…

Unseen Tours, being a Social Enterprise that gives back to the homeless community, has been recognised for its achievements in many ways and by many organisations.  From media outlets to governmental and non-governmental organisations, Unseen Tours has gained recognition for the wonderful work we do and the input of many inspirational volunteers. These volunteers give […]

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