A Reflection on Nic’s July (Including Diverse Events and Characters)

Welcome everyone to Nic’s July blog. To say I’m unenthusiastic about football is an understatement but I did vaguely follow it.  Recently, my relatives (plus Cat), descended on my flat, asking, with a determined glint in their eyes, if I was watching the football final, as they plonked themselves down on the couch. How could […]

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Unseen Tours’ David on Becoming A Tour Guide

Yesterday, my customers asked me how I became a tour guide? This is what I told them… In 2011, I was working in a factory where they made glass instruments, like burettes and pipettes, as a production worker. I wasn’t very good at my job and in the end I was offered a compromise agreement, […]

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How London Street Artist Stik Crashed Pete’s Tour

If you’ve been on my tour, or if you plan to, you will quickly find out one of my trademarks. After I finish my introduction to the tour I always say “If you have any questions please save them until the end of the tour. I think you will find that I’ve answered most of […]

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Unseen London: Two of Nic’s Favourite Places

Hello Everyone, In this blog I would like to mention two of my many favourite places. Though changed or changing, the spirit I feel, and hope, will remain. First, I recently found out that the Arthur Beale yacht chandler on Shaftesbury Avenue has now closed.  Beale moved to Shaftesbury Avenue in 1843, beginning by the […]

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What London in Summer Means to David

London in summer is a vibrant city. It is very enjoyable to go for a stroll in the park or down by a river. And what better way can there be discovering your surroundings than going on a guided walking tour? Enjoying the pleasant weather and hearing about how things were and what they are […]

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Shoreditch Secrets: Arnold Circus

“Here Comes Summer! (sung in my best Cliff Richard karaoke voice)” Summer is on it’s way (apparently) and the Met Office assures me that we’re expecting another scorcher this week. That got me thinking about what lies ahead in the next few months, and about why people visit London for weekend breaks and such. The […]

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Local Stories: The Story Behind the Hat

On the Unseen Tours website, I am wearing a black rimmed hat. I also bring it with me each time I guide a tour. Well, there’s a story behind this hat.  Between 1998 – 1999 I shared a house with two friends Paul and Andy and I have kept in touch with them ever since. […]

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Local Stories: How a Haircut Changed a Homeless Man’s Life

I watched a lot of videos to combat boredom during lockdown and I came across this amazing video of a homeless man having his hair cut.  Now, you’re probably thinking “What’s so amazing about that?” Well, as the man is having a haircut and shave, captions tell the story of how he gave a passer-by […]

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Unseen Tours Guide David on Hosting A Virtual Pub Quiz

Was Unseen Tours your first pub quiz experience? Actually, I have been to many quiz events and have won at least five prizes as part of a quiz team! In the ’90’s and ’00’s, I also got friends together on a few occasions to co-host quiz nights. The Unseen Tours Not-in-a-Pub Quiz was the first […]

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Pete on Life as an Unseen Tours Guide

I am often asked about how I first became involved with Unseen Tours and my answer is pretty peculiar. While I was homeless and squatting around the Brick Lane area, I had a job selling hats every weekend on Brick Lane market. All the time there would be groups of people going up and down […]

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