From our friends at Occupy: ideas for activists for the festive season.
Forget Jack the Ripper and the London Dungeons, we show
you the murky side of the capital’s more recent past.
Occupy London Tours is a free alternative tour company, run
by volunteers, who want to throw open the secretive world of finance and politics for all to see.
We run regular, free tours:
The City of London Tour
4th January, afternoon. Approx. 2 hours. Meet at St Paul’s
Cathedral steps. Ends opposite Liverpool St Station.
tell the story of the UK’s smallest city (really!), the
history of money in the heart of London and the Square mile’s role in
the financial crisis of 2007/8. Find out just what the Corporation of
London actually is, why the Queen has to ask permission to enter the
City and why the ‘Black-Scholes equation’ matters
“You’ll never look at the city in the same way again”
“Free, informative, friendly”
The Mayfair Tour
11th January, afternoon. Approx 2 hours. Meet nr. Green Park Tube
tour takes you into the mysterious world of ‘shadow banking’ and charts
the links between unregulated finance and our politics: from enigmatic
Tory funders to Mitt Romney’s private equity firm, from ‘The Office of
Tony Blair’ to the company which lists ex-presidents and prime ministers
on its payroll. Includes a visit to ‘hedge
fund alley’ – not for the faint-hearted…
“Helped me to think of economics as fun”
“You will leave inspired and with a big smile”
The Canary Wharf Tour
23rd January, evening. Approx. 1.5 hours. Meet Canary Wharf
tube, main exit (Banker’s Plaza).
people have never been to this revamped dockland in East
London, yet the home of the financial services industry touches our
lives everyday. In this tour we narrate the financial crisis of 2007/8
as we visit the banks, ratings agencies, accountancy firms and
regulators clustered around Canada Square and discuss what
– if anything – has changed since. You’ll visit the last resting place
of the infamous Lehman Bros, make your very own ‘credit default swap’
and find out how to create money out of thin air…
“Essential info for anyone with a head on their shoulders”
“Will make you informed and angry, in a good way”
tours are designed to be informative, entertaining and
- most importantly - accessible. Our aim to is to enable people from
London, the UK and all over the world to engage with the financial
system and its impact on their lives.
de-mystify this secretive and badly understood world through
colourful stories, secret histories, rock-solid facts and figures,
pavement art, games - and even our very own
collateralised-debt-obligation rap (!).
The tours offer a critique of the status quo without being politically affiliated.
Attendees often join us in the pub afterwards to carry on
Press enquiries: 07745706480/07749552063