I’m Henri, and the streets of Shoreditch have been my home. Join me for an exciting walk around London’s trendiest neighbourhood. In this mecca of the world’s greatest street artists, I will guide you to their latest works. I will also take you to some of the area’s rich historical sites, including William Blake’s grave and Shakespeare’s first theatre. And then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, I will show you a private Mafia bank and secret MI5 detention centre. As you discover the fascinating social fabric of this part of London, you will also learn about my personal experiences of homelessness in an area that has been rapidly gentrifying in the past decade.
Tickets must be purchased in advance – we are unable to sell tickets at the meeting point.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
|Thursday||14.00 - 16.00|
|Saturday||14.00 - 16.00|
|Sunday||14.00 - 16.00|
Outside Old Street tube station at:
Old Street, EC1Y 1BE
Head to Subway 1 and then up the stairs on your left.
60% of the ticket price goes directly to your guide
Hi, I’m Henri, and Old Street is the closest thing I have to home. I’ve been in London for more than 15 years. I first came over here to study sculpture, as I’ve always been passionate about art. I was accepted at an Arts college in London and decided to go for a degree in interior design instead – my dad was a sculptor and said he could never make any money out of art, so I decided not to make the same mistake!
After my studies, I worked as a painter and decorator for seven years, bought a house and got married… and then my relationship broke down and I ended up homeless. I’ve been living mainly around Old Street, the area of London I know best.
During my walk, I show people the places and the regular aspects of my life. I’m just happy that life on the street hasn’t led me down the path of drug use or alcoholism. I hope that by meeting me and hearing my story, people might rethink the stereotypes of what it means to be homeless.
English, Dutch and Latvian
I am interested in sculpture and street art.
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