If you are looking for the best free self-guided tour of East London, this is my recommended route. I recently worked with the British Council to guide a group mostly Hong Kong citizens around some of the best social enterprises in London. A great group NGO workers, academics, and social entrepreneurs. Get in touch via the comments if you’d like take this tour with me.
Bromley By Bow FoodCycle is a charity social enterprise that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
Service with a smile
Learning more about Foodcycle
We stopped for a talk from Helena Chouchani to learn more about their growing number of FoodCycle Hubs across the UK, and franchising plans for expansion. Of course we stayed for a yummy lunch too!
Bethnal Green Bikeworks runs a variety of community cycling programmes including employability for disadvantaged groups, all ability cycling, bicycle reuse and recycling, school cycle training and more. As a business it provides cycling services to consumers and organisations – so buy your next bike from here!
Beautiful shop (and group!)
We were lucky to have a private tour from co-founder Jim Blakemore. He talked about the entrepreneurial journey, and how their social outcomes can continue to grow as the business grows.
I want to help you get started in Good Business. In work that makes the world better.
And if you’ve already started in good business, I want to support you to learn from your friends and peers. Some call this peer-to-peer learning. But this is Inspiring Adventures, and we call it beer-to-beer learning*!
And so, on Friday June 27th, you can:
I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been given the social enterprise Spark Award by a fantastic organisation called UnLtd. It’s their mission to support social entrepreneurs too.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Old Street
The chefs at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant
I promise not all my recommendations will be social enterprises, but I had to include at least one, and Fifteen is the most famous example in London. Operating since 2002, this restaurant takes 15 disadvantaged young people per year through a 12 month apprenticeship, in the skills of becoming a chef.
The food is modern British, and scrumptious. For our large group, we were served sharing plates for mains. Passing these meaty plates around added to the feeling of being with your extended family during the holidays. Dessert was fantastic, with the chocolate mousse sticking in mind as especially delicious.
Being associated with a high-profile figure like Jamie Oliver of course helps to promote the restaurant, and also promote the whole idea that a restaurant can be used for good. All profits from the restaurant are donated to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation Charity, and over 350 students have now graduated from the three Fifteen restaurants in London, Cornwall and Amsterdam.
You’re one of the best designers for WordPress themes in the world, your work is downloaded and used by millions of people a month, and you usually work at home in your pyjamas. Now you’ve have a free day in London. What do you do? The first thing is get dressed. The second is call me. Inspiring Adventures helped some of the guys that run WordPress.com have a great day out in London. Read on to find out exactly how you can have a fun time in London too, with your clothes on, of course.
More than 73 million people currently use WordPress.com to run their website, and 387 million people view WordPress.com hosted websites every month. This Inspiring Adventures site runs through WordPress.com and, if you are interested, uses a the theme called Superhero. It turns out this theme was designed by one of the guys in my group. And if you’re reading this, Mr Cain, I’m still waiting for a fix on the headings.. why do they all look like H1 size, hey? (Support update – OK, OK they are all different sizes, thanks Kathryn!)
For now, let’s just learn the best way to spend a day in East London.
I’m a big supporter of Social Enterprise. I’ve worked with several of the leading social enterprise support services in London. I love to introduce people to the fascinating world of business for benefit.
That’s why I created the Hub Crawl – A four-hour guided tour of three of the best social enterprise coworking spaces in London – Hub Islington, Hub Kings Cross and Hub Westminster. I only run it on special occasions, but I want to describe it here to encourage you to learn more about social enterprise and these amazing hotbeds of social innovation.
You may still be wondering, what is a social enterprise anyway? Here’s my short answer – it’s an organisation that has both social and financial goals. What makes it different from a regular business? The social goals are at least equally as important as the financial ones.
What does social enterprise look like in action? It could be anything from a small group of committed citizens, like the team at Hub Westminster, to a large international organisation like the Big Issue.
And that’s what’s great about the Hub Crawl, you get the chance to see and meet people from both of these organisations, and everything in between.
Impact Hub Kings Cross
Hub Crawl Rocks
Hub Crawlers getting on the Tube
Love and Laughter
Impact Hub Westminster
Hub Westminster – Hug or Shake?
The Hub Crawl Route Continue reading
I was recently asked by non-profit UK-Japan Learning Net to guide a group of Japanese students around East London, and give them a flavour of our multicultural city.
I want to share with you the route we took, because it’s one of my favourite walks around London, and I hope that you get the chance to experience it too.
London – Multicultural and Diverse
Why talk this journey? Because you can walk from the biggest banks to the smallest market stalls in 10 minutes. You can see how London changes from smart suits to street art as you cross the street. You can meet trendy London hipsters and market stall owners from Pakistan. Here’s the route on Google Maps
Ice Cream in Spitalfields
Photos with Street Art
Street Art in Brick Lane
Street Art in Brick Lane
Market Stalls in Wentworth St
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City life can be pretty stressful sometimes. Rushing between meetings, adding things to your never-ending to do list, checking your emails and Facebook every minute. You know it doesn’t have to be like this, but how do you take time out to relax, reflect and get some exercise? To do those important things that keep you healthy and happy?
Well you don’t need to quit your job and go to Brazil to have a nice time. That helps, but it’s not the only answer. You can take time out in your city too. For me that meant spending a wonderful Sunday upside down and on my head with yoga instructor Tammy Jones.
- Want a fun adventures around three of London’s coolest social innovation coworking spaces?
- Want to have a drink and a walk with socially minded people who are working on interesting projects?
Then the Hub Crawl is for you!
It is a 4 hour guided group journey around all three Hubs in London, on a Friday evening. It’s been running for more than a year, and we’ve taken more than 100 people on Hub Crawls.
- Enjoy a fun night of adventure around London! It just so happens to coincides with the weekly Friday night members drinks at each Hub…
- Learn about social enterprise and coworking. If you didn’t already know, coworking growing rapidly, and the Hub is a global network of these spaces and a community of social entrepreneurs.
- Connect with interesting, like minded people. The best feedback is that people have a fun night with great people.
What is the Hub?
The Hub is a global network of more than 35 coworking spaces and a community of social entrepreneurs.
The Hub Crawl London takes you from the very first Hub in Islington, through to the beautifully designed Kings Cross (with its own bar), to one of the very latest Hubs in the global network in Westminster.
Inspiring Adventures also arranges bespoke tours to meet your needs. If you’d like to request something special, simply fill in the form below.
I was welcomed into the 4th region of my journey (Central) by local expert, photographer, journalist, and author Fabio Pellegrini.
I’d taken an overnight flight, and Fabio met me at the airport. We spent the day planning my next 7 days in the region, discussing must see sights and Eco-Tourism activities. He was able to connect me with the right people at the right time. Fabio knows everyone, and is certainly the go-to person in the Pantanal area. If you are planning a trip, get in touch with him.
After a morning of phone calls and making plans in the Pantanal with Fabio’s connections, we had received one strange request, which turned out to be the best of the day. Continue reading