Viv – Covent Garden

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!