My name is Viv Askeland but everyone calls me Viv. I am 54 years old and originally come from Norway. I have lived in London since 1975 and in that time have lived in Notting Hill Gate, Harlsden, Ealing, Putney, Camden, Holborn, New Cross, Greenwich to name a few places!

I became homeless 10 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’. I have been in this position on and off for the last 10 years.

I am really enjoying being involved with the walking tours and especially researching the history of the area for the Covent Garden walk. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on the walking tours and telling them about the fascinating facts I have found out about the area!





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  3. Jeath
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 15:31:07

    This is amazing…you are really bring the lost to the future…it is best thing that you are doing. The people we see all the way are the only friends that we have and always we should to make a better way to help a living move to the right track. Am really inspired by the story and this has got something to do with the future of everyone of us.


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  5. Felix Nilles
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 15:21:01

    Hi Viv, thanks again for the walking tour this week!! Everybody really liked it!! Bw Felix


  6. Emma
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 14:29:59

    I bought tickets for Viv’s walk as a Xmas present for my parents – what a great present, especially as I got to enjoy it to! I can highly recommend Viv’s walk – she’s full of fascinating facts about London, which she peppers with lovely stories (my favourite is the one about the Savoy Hotel’s dinner party cat). On top of all this she gives her walkers an insight into the life of the London street homeless community. All tales, both of historical London and recent homelessness, were told with lightness & humour, making her descriptions of street life even more powerful. Go & enjoy!


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  9. Daisy-May
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 21:26:38

    Myself and my partner did a tour with Viv and it was absolutely marvelous. Not only was Viv a wonderfully open, charismatic and quick witted guide, her knowledge of the history of the area is second to none. She is able to switch with absolute ease between being intimate and chatty to commanding (when she needed to be) and authoritative, and she has a great instinct for balancing fact and detail with story. Not only this but because of her own experiences she was able to offer us an insight into the life of a rough sleeper that was very genuine and enlightening. I love London and the diverseness of experiences on offer, and I can say that this tour is up there with the best. If you haven’t done it do it, and if you have, spread the word!


    • sockmobevents
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 11:02:15

      Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! We’ll definitely pass it on to Viv, who will be so pleased :) Thank you for coming on the tour, we hope you get to enjoy the others too!


  10. johnL
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 19:39:57

    I enjoyed this tour of the Covent Garden area lead by Viv and would recommend it to others. The route had been carefully prepared and the information about the area had been well researched. Viv’ has had experience of being homeless in this area and hearing the details of this while passing luxury hotels can change your view of the area and increase awareness of the everyday problems of being homeless in London.


  11. Elsa Vevle
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 17:17:26

    Hei Vivi. Tor og jeg er i London og vil så gjerne treffe deg og kanskje du kan guide oss også i ditt domene? Vi blir i London til torsdag formiddag 26 september og det hadde vært så hyggelig å treffe deg


  12. Christine Lewis
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 20:31:37

    Hi, Viv, We really enjoyed your tour on Saturday the 5th and I must say I am impressed by your energy, humour and knowledge, and beside the historic, thank you for giving us a view into the situation of living on the street. Thank you for taking the bus together with us and leading us in the right direction. Without your guidance we wouldn´t have reached our apointment. We wish you all the best, from Christine and Jorg.


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