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The Big London Night Walk 2018

The Big Issue Foundation

Friday, 2 March 2018 at 20:00 - Saturday, 3 March 2018 at 04:00 (GMT)

The Big London Night Walk 2018

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"Incredible, inspiring, thought-provoking and a definite would do it again event" - Big Night Walk 2017 Participant

Following the successful event in 2017, The Big London Night Walk will return on Friday 2nd March 2018. Join us for a Friday night with a difference, and change the lives of hardworking Big Issue vendors on their journeys forward.


It will be an experience like no other. Starting off in central London at Shoreditch Town Hall, the unique 13 mile route (approx.) through central London will take you on a tour of the iconic sites at night. It will be an eye-opening experience and you’ll hear personal insights from Big Issue vendors before you start.

When someone is new to rough sleeping they keep moving at night, they have to keep walking to keep safe: “It’s a survival tactic for someone on the street” – James Bowen


That’s why the Big Issue Foundation hosts an annual Big London Night Walk, it helps people to discover their city and connect to a challenge faced by people we are supporting. Walk with us as we pass iconic London sights at night, whilst learning more about homelessness and lives of Big Issue vendors in the city.

Hot drinks and snacks will be provided and the finish venue will remain open for participants until transport re-starts, as your finish time is likely to be between 1am and 4am, depending on your speed and time at rest stops.


Whether you’re a group of friends looking to get fit by training for an alternative night out, or an individual looking to see a different side to London, this is the charity event for you!


All the money raised from The Big Night Walk 2018 will support the vital work of The Big Issue Foundation so we can help more Big Issue vendors in their difficult journeys away from the poverty of their situations and social exclusion. This may be helping a vendor to find a safe place to live, reconnecting with family and loved ones, improving their personal health and well-being or training and development that will lead to a new career. Please do take part in full knowledge of this, you’ll be motivated to take every step until you reach the finish in the early hours on the Saturday morning.

You can find out more from the 2017 walk in our photo gallery.

Check out this video below about our last Big Night Walk event.


"An eye opener listening to vendor's stories and realising what can happen in people’s lives" - Big Night Walk 2017 Participant

Date & time
Friday 2nd March 2018. Participants will meet at Shoreditch Town Hall, between 8pm and 9pm. There will be a short briefing and some entertainment to get you energized before we set off in waves from 945pm. 

Distance & duration
The route will be 13.23 miles, and just over a half marathon. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided along the way at our rest stops. Your finish time will depend on how fast you walk, and how long you stop, but it’s likely to be between 1am and 4am. 

"Well chosen rest stop venues with excellent facilities and such encouraging, friendly volunteers" - Big Night Walk 2017 Participant

Fee & fundraising
Registration will close at the end of February. There is a £25 registration fee to join the walk, or just £20 per person in a group of five or more. We ask you to pledge to raise a minimum of £250 to take part. All the money raised help us extend our work onto the streets, so we can employ more people to help more and more Big Issue vendors get connected and help them overcome the issues that they face.

Walk with us!
If you want to join us then check out our 
FAQ section or get in touch at or by calling Justine on 0207 526 3459.

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"I was blown away by the amazing service, support, and incredible volunteers" - Big Night Walk 2017 Participant

Do you have questions about The Big London Night Walk 2018? Contact The Big Issue Foundation


Friday, 2 March 2018 at 20:00 - Saturday, 3 March 2018 at 04:00 (GMT)

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The Big Issue Foundation

Our vision is to end povery and exclusion for Big Issue vendors and our mission is to connect every Big Issue vendor to the support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future. 

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