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A Rubbish Tour of London

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Published January 28th 2013
It won't be nearly as rubbish as the title suggests
You are hereby cordially invited to go on a Rubbish Trip around London, though don't for a moment be misled by the name. The brand new walk from Dotmaker Tours has all the makings of being anything but a load of garbage, although admittedly it is, on the whole, all about garbage.

Don't worry, you won't see anything as rubbish as this on the tour.

Described on its website as "quirky, intelligent and surreal", the two-mile walking tour around a selection of London's historic dumps and landfills promises fascinating tales of long-forgotten castaway communities, as well as an interesting insight into how the powers that be deal with tons upon tons of waste thrown its way on a daily basis.

You'll also get to learn about Victorian scavengers and the so-called 'pure-finders' who used to collect dog do-do off the street to sell to local tanneries. Yuk!

The new walking tour, which lasts approximately 100 minutes, is the brainchild of Rosie Oliver, who also acts as the guide for the rubbish-based ramble.

We tend to explore London in search of stuff, be that out shopping or sightseeing," Rosie says. "This walk does the opposite, and in rummaging for all things rubbish we'll discover surprising and extraordinary stories about the city and its people."

Interested? Upcoming scheduled dates for the Rubbish Trip are:
Sunday 17th February at 11am
Sunday 17th March at 11am
Sunday 14th April at 11am
Sunday 19th May at 2pm

Walks start from Mudchute DLR station beside the entrance to platform 2 and end by the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich.

London is beautiful, but a Rubbish Trip around the city awaits....

According to the website, the Rubbish Trip walking tour is suitable for anyone aged 14 and over. Sturdy and quite possibly waterproof footwear is recommended as some parts can become a tad muddy.

Tickets cost 8 for adults and 6 for seniors, under 18s and full-time students (with proof of status), and you can book online here.

Oh, and Rosie says the price also includes "a scrap of junk food." Nice.

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Why? It'll be the best rubbish thing you've ever done.
Phone: 07985 464314
Where: From Mudchute to Greenwich.
Cost: Adults: 8; Over 65s, under 18s and full-time students: 6
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