Unique Tours Give Back in London ...and Beyond

Unseen toursWhenever event planners organize corporate events in foreign destinations, finding opportunities to give back to the community and get to know the local residents is truly rewarding for all parties involved.

Here are 3 very different approaches that do just that.

Unseen City Walks (London)

These walking tours of London emerged from the Sock Mob Homeless Network that distributes warm socks to homeless people. They give visitors a view of areas of London they usually never see and an opportunity to hear about the history, anecdotes and stories of each area.

You see the guides who are thoroughly familiar with each area of London explored are homeless, formerly homeless or at risk of homelessness. The funds raised help individuals get off the street, re-build their lives and stay on track.

Walking tours of the following areas areas are available:

  • Brick Lane – Multicultural Mixing Pot
  • Camden Tour – Rock and Roll Contrasts
  • Covent Garden Tour – Famous Places, Famous Faces
  • London Bridge Tour – Mysterious Alleys, Hidden Pathways
  • Shoreditch Tour – Street Art, Street Cred

Classic Tours Charity Challenges (London)

Whether your group prefers cycling, running, horse riding, or motor cycling, they can see London and contribute to a worthwhile cause through a custom charity challenge. Classic Tours organizes the Nightrider cycling tours. Classic Tours has raised £90 million for hundreds of charities during the past 22 years.

(The best news is that while they are based in London, they can offer offer charity challenges all over the world.)

Highgrove Garden Tours (Gloucestershire)

If you have time to venture further afield, venture out into the country for one of the tours of the sustainable, organic gardens at Highgrove. On select dates between April and October every year, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall open the gardens at Highgrove to the public. The tours are conducted by the gardeners and workers who maintain the gardens so its a chance to get to know them personally.

Groups of up to 26 can book an exclusive 2-hour garden tour online. They can also reserve lunch or tea at The Orchard Restaurant. Champagne Tea Tours are as well.

"Profits from the sale of Highgrove products are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports a wide range of causes and projects."

I hope that this blog post has provided some new ideas for CSR initiatives and inspired event planners and their clients to look for opportunities to get to know the people and places they visit at a deeper level.

For more CSR initiatives also read Corporate Events: 5 Team Events to Feed the Hungry.

Photo Credit: Michael Caroe Andersen

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