Off the beaten track of ye old London's streets, you'll find places to explore not on any tourist map or guide book. These are walking tours that will even teach seasoned Londoners a thing or two about their capital city.
Alternative London was founded by Gary Means, a passionate city dweller who wanted to provide a new way of exploring the East End. With his creative recruits, he has set up a company that offers all kinds of tours, from traditional walks to bike rides, and workshops. And because tours appeal to tourists, you can also book a French-speaking tour and workshop, given by Lili Prigent.
The specialist tours cost between £12-£25, but what is unique and wonderful about Alternative London is the alternative payment method for a traditional walking tour: pay what you like. That's right; with bookings currently being taken until the 14th December, there is no initial fee. Simply turn up at Old Spitalfields Market, and after the tour is over, you decide what you think it is worth.
The tour will include a showcase of street art, featuring about forty artists. And because street art changes constantly, so do the tours themselves. If you have a particular interest in art, then you can book a tour with an art workshop, and be able to print your creation on a canvas bag. That beats the usual junk you'll find in souvenir shops.