The Big London Night Walk 2016 walk review

On a clear evening on Friday 11th March, 300 walkers and Big Issue vendors gathered at St John’s Church Waterloo, ready to embark on a 20km night-time walk around the capital.

The night started off in style with an inspiring performance from London City Voices and appearances from CJ de Mooi, James Bowen & Street Cat Bob and former vendor Stan.

To prepare themselves for the walk ahead, walkers had their fill from a range of amazing food and drink donations - tea from London Tea, coffee from Change Please, bananas from Abel & Cole, cold drinks from Vita Coco & Life Water, cookies from Hilton Doubletree, sweets from Goody Good Stuff and crisps & more fruit from City Harvest. We certainly made sure all of our walkers left with full bellies and bulging pockets!

Promptly at 10pm, our walkers headed off into the night with a spring in their steps and looking forward to the adventure ahead.

Heading west to Vauxhall, the first stop for walkers was Beaconsfield arts centre, where walkers were treated to a short play about social housing from On The Button theatre company. Mayhul and his team from the newly formed Pamban were on hand to serve their delicious chai tea – very welcome on a chilly night!

Moving into the West End, walkers took a few minutes at central London Samaritans where they enjoyed snacks courtesy of Perkier and found out more about the how The Samaritans and The Big Issue Foundation are working together to support Big Issue vendors.

Heading through the deserted streets of the City’s financial district, walkers next rested at St James’s church Islington. Much needed sustenance was provided by Urban Fruit and walkers enjoyed a special display about James Bowen & Street Cat Bob.

With just a few miles left to walk, spoken word performers from The Roundhouse Poetry Collective and rising star Deanna Rodger were on hand at Shoreditch Town Hall to entertain our weary walkers and give them a much needed final push. The final energy boost came from Primal Pantry’s paleo bars.

At 2.45am the first walkers started to arrive back at St John’s church Waterloo, where they were rewarded with a medal, goody bag and, most importantly, breakfast! Delicious pastries and muffins courtesy of Benugo and Konditor & Cook. Come 5.30am and our final walkers had returned, tired but exhilarated to have completed their challenge.

Those walkers who raise over £250 by the fundraising deadline of 25th March will be entered into a prize draw to win one of these fabulous prizes:-

  • £100 voucher for organic meat supplier Field & Flower
  • 2 tickets for a West End film premiere
  • 2 tickets for the Coca Cola London Eye
  • A cupcake making class courtesy of The Primrose Bakery

PLUS we will be rewarding our top fundraiser with £150 to spend at London’s finest steak restaurant Hawksmoor (to use in any of their London restaurants).

We must extend our thanks to many people, without whom this event couldn’t have happened –

  • The 70 volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the night
  • Those establishments who opened their doors and hosted a rest stop
  • The supporting companies who generously donated food, drinks, prizes and time
  • Our performers who kept walkers smiling and talking
  • And, last but certainly not least, to each and every walker who has raised money for The Big Issue Foundation.

Were you or someone you know there? See if you can see any familiar faces in our photo gallery.