Inspired by long-standing greeting services in similar tourist-friendly cities, London Greeters started in 2010. The idea was developed by the five London Boroughs (Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham and Hackney) who were to host events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Boroughs wanted to ensure that the welcoming and friendly legacy of the Games would continue to live on after the Games.
When it was established, the aim of London Greeters was to highlight parts of London that are often over-looked by visitors, to promote local knowledge, characters and the enthusiasm of Londoners and their local neighbourhoods.
Today, London Greeters have expanded to many more than the five original London neighbourhoods, but they retain at their essence the offer of friendly, personalised walks around the London Londoners know.
Since the very beginning, London Greeters have been volunteers and come from all different walks of life. They act like friends showing out-of-town friends around hidden London.
London Greeters is part of the Global Greeter Network.
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