Covent Garden with Viv

Famous Places, Famous Faces (0)

Covent Garden with Viv

Famous Places, Famous Faces

My name is Viv, and I’ve been a Londoner since 1975. Come explore the Covent Garden area with me. Learn about the surprising history of Waterloo Bridge’s reconstruction after World War II, and the connections of the area to pioneer scientist Michael Faraday. Hear about my personal connection to the building that houses the London Transport Museum and my experiences of homelessness in Covent Garden.


Details

  • 2 Hours
  • Accessible
  • Pets allowed

Tickets must be purchased in advance – we are unable to sell tickets at the meeting point.

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Tours every week
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00
Friday 14:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting point

Outside Temple tube station at:
Temple Place, WC2R 2PH

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£15 ticket

60% of the ticket price goes directly to your guide


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Highlights

  • Experience the unseen side of one of London’s most popular destinations
  • Learn about Viv’s long and personal connection to Covent Garden
  • Discover the ghostly history of the area
  • Browse the menu at London’s oldest restaurant
  • Go back to Victorian London, with Dickens’ house and the trial of Oscar Wilde
  • See London’s last remaining subterranean Roman bath

My Story

I originally come from Norway, but have lived in London since 1975. I became homeless 16 years ago after a relationship broke up. I ended up having to leave where I was living at the time and began sleeping on people’s sofas – what homeless people call ‘sofa surfing’.

My favourite pastime is researching the history of London. People call me “Vivipedia”, since I’m a bit of a walking encyclopedia of the city’s streets and alleyways. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on my guided walk, and telling them about the fascinating facts I have found out about Covent Garden!

I’m fluent in English, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
I am interested in history, knitting and crafting.

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