Love London? Love exploring? Come along to a secret wandering and explore hidden gems with Saira Niazi, London’s only British Pakistani tour guide, travel writer and photographer.
Over the last ten years, Saira has explored, photographed and written about over a thousand hidden London gems, from bingo halls and bus garages to secret gardens and quirky art galleries. She records her findings on my blog ‘Living London,’ which she created with aims to inspire and inform people about the incredible places, communities and stories that make London so special.
Insofar the project has received support and recognition from various arts and heritage organisations including the Southbank Centre and Rich Mix as well as from the Mayor of London. The project has also been featured in Dazed, Untapped Cities, and London Live. Through the project, Saira seek to connect various places, projects, communities and individuals to each other.
Living London Wanderings, Workshops and Events
Saira has been leading Living London wanderings for over two years now. Living London ‘wanderings’ offer people the opportunity to explore parts of London that remain relatively unknown and under-explored. The wanderings bring London’s hidden gems to life through storytelling and anecdotes of people and place. Each walk lasts about 2.5 hours including stop-offs at various locations. She often arranges for specialists to talk at the different sites visited on the walk as well as encourage attendees to document the journey through writing or photography.
She is also a founding member of the London Airbnb Experiences community and leads Secret Dalston wanderings for Airbnb guests from all over the world. Her open walks are regularly featured in the Londonist listings. She also been commissioned to devise and lead walks for various orgs including Kings College, Tate, Wimbledon School of English and Ashford Place. She curates the citizens of London series of talks for citizenM hotel.
For more information, or to book onto a walk or event, visit the Living London website: www.livinglondon.org