Viv – Tour guide
Some words about me
My name is Viv Askeland but everyone calls me Viv. I 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 16 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 16 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!
Fluent English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
I am interested in history, knitting and crafting. One of my favourite past-times is discovering London!
Covent Garden Tour
Explore the Covent Garden area with Viv. Learn about the surprising history of Waterloo Bridge’s reconstruction during the Second World War and the connections of the area to pioneer scientist Michael Faraday. Hear about my personal connection to the building that houses the London Transport Museum and my experiences of homelessness in Covent Garden.