Secret Tooting Wandering w/ Book

London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Saira

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

My hometown of Tooting, named in Lonely Planet as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world to live in. On this wandering we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems, old and new, including a vibrant multicultural market, a former Grade II listed cinema, a Victorian cemetery and a wondrous park. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city.

I'll show you how I find and archive London gems so that you can think about recording your own explorations. I'll also share with you ways in which you can create meaningful connections to the communities, individuals and spaces you might encounter on your own wanderings.

This wandering is ideal for couples, families and private groups
My hometown of Tooting, named in Lonely Planet as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world to live in. On this wandering we'll explore some of the area's hidden gems, old and new, including a vibrant multicultural market, a former Grade II listed cinema, a Victorian cemetery and a wondrous park. Hear some of the stories and meet some of the people that make London such a special city.

I'll show you how I find and archive London g…

What's included

  • Equipment
    You will receive a copy of my book, On Belonging, Reflections of a Renegade...

Meet your host, Saira

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 16 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm a writer, renegade guide and founder of the Living London tour company. Over the years, I've explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden gems across the city, from bingo halls and burial grounds to wild nature reserves and quirky art galleries. Through my explorations, I've met hundreds of interesting Londoners - artists, urban explorers, filmmakers, storytellers, mudlarks, conservationists- even a lighthouse keeper. I've been leading secret wanderings, workshops and events in different areas of London for years. I know the city inside out- it's people, places and stories. I've created tours for clients including the Tate, Museum of London, Time Out, Kings College, citizenM and Ace Hotel. Find me at @livinglon / livinglondon.org.
I'm a writer, renegade guide and founder of the Living London tour company. Over the years, I've explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden gems across the city, from bingo halls and burial grounds to wild nature reserves and quirky art galleries. Through my explorations, I've met hundreds of interesting Londoners - artists, urban explorers, filmmakers, storytellers, mudlarks, conservationists- even a lighthouse keeper. I've been leading secret wanderings, workshops and even…
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From £45
/ person
Mon, 9 Aug
From £180 per group
14:00 - 17:00
Private groups only
From £180 per group
Mon, 16 Aug
From £180 per group
14:00 - 17:00
Private groups only
From £180 per group
Mon, 23 Aug
From £180 per group
14:00 - 17:00
Private groups only
From £180 per group

Where you'll be

We'll be visiting a number of interesting places on the walk including the vibrant Tooting High street and markets, a regal bingo hall and a hidden cemetery

Rated 4.75 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Alia
November 2019
Saira really knows her stuff, she was professional throughout but also really approachable and great to be around during the day. She answered all questions during the day and I wouldn't go to anyone else for a London experience tour. Want to go again!!!!
Saira really knows her stuff, she was professional throughout but also really approachable and great to be around during the day. She answered all questions during the day and I wo…
Tanya
November 2019
this wandering was a unique and a very cultural wandering going through the market streets. I felt the area was very buzzy, Saira knew the area and the history very well and I would recommend the tour. Also a bonus i enjoyed eating samosas and getting to know a new area well
this wandering was a unique and a very cultural wandering going through the market streets. I felt the area was very buzzy, Saira knew the area and the history very well and I woul…
Sophie
November 2019
Saira's Secret Tooting Wandering was a wonderful and very enjoyable experience. Saira is warm, informative, engaging and gives an insightful, personal, fun tour. It was unique and very special. This tour introduced me to Tooting - a vibrant place. I highly recommend.
Saira's Secret Tooting Wandering was a wonderful and very enjoyable experience. Saira is warm, informative, engaging and gives an insightful, personal, fun tour. It was unique and…
Madeleine
November 2019
Saira was a fantastic host who made everyone feel welcome and comftable. We explored lots of hidden gems that I would have never of thought to explore myself. This tour was so unique and a wonderful way to explore Tooting with a captivating and kind guide. I would highly recommend!
Saira was a fantastic host who made everyone feel welcome and comftable. We explored lots of hidden gems that I would have never of thought to explore myself. This tour was so un…
Steve
October 2019
Tour was described as a 2 1/2 hr tour, however it ended at 7:30 for only 1 1/2 hour. I felt tour would be more enjoyed by people who live in London. Her stories referenced famous British folk who I never heard of and cities and locations throughout England that I had no idea where they were. Saira was a very friendly and personable. Maybe a little more history of Tooting would help.
Tour was described as a 2 1/2 hr tour, however it ended at 7:30 for only 1 1/2 hour. I felt tour would be more enjoyed by people who live in London. Her stories referenced famous…
Katie
July 2019
Thank you so much to Saira! What a wonderful experience. I loved getting to know her unique hometown, and she has a very warm, welcoming, and friendly style.

Choose from available dates

3 available
  • Mon, 9 Aug
    14:00 - 17:00
    Private groups only
    From £180 per group
  • Mon, 16 Aug
    14:00 - 17:00
    Private groups only
    From £180 per group
  • Mon, 23 Aug
    14:00 - 17:00
    Private groups only
    From £180 per group

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Camera!