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Royal London

Follow the trail of historical royal links in the heart of London. This walk crosses Green Park, passing Spencer House to the processional route of the Mall.  We will pass, Buckingham Palace, official home of the Queen when in London; Clarence House, home of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and old St James’ Palace. On to Whitehall via Horse Guards Parade and the Banqueting House where Charles 1st was beheaded. The walk ends in Parliament Square, home to Westminster Hall built by King William ll in 1097 and Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for over 1000 years.

Start: Green Park Tube

Ages of Elegance - a walk in and around Piccadilly


As soon as Charles ll sold off land on either side of the thoroughfare of Piccadilly from the 1660’s so began this area’s reputation for elegant living as it became the most aspirational area for the rich to live in, due to its proximity to the Royal Court at St James Palace. Although greatly changed 350 years later it is still possible to see how the elegance has survived. The walk will follow Piccadilly to Green Park, looking at the fine buildings of The Albany and Royal Academy and the Burlington Arcade on the way and hear about the key families connected with them. Lovely Green Park will take us to the famous Mall and to Spencer House, Clarence House, and Buckingham Palace.We will also look at St James Palace as we make our way into St James Street to see three of the oldest world renowned retailers in London We will end our walk at the Ritz Hotel- the epitome of elegance!


Start: Piccadilly Circus Tube

Glorious Mayfair


Mayfair has been at the heart of London’s Society for 350 years and still retains and air of exclusivity. This can be found in the private clubs, restaurants, its high-end shops and luxury hotels as well as the very fine Georgian architecture that dominates this area. Writers and musicians, politicians, and aristocrats, haute couture designers and artists have all lived here. The walk not only takes you through some of the famous streets such as Bond Street and the squares of Belgrave and Grosvenor but you will also hear about some of the prominent people who have shaped this area’s history. and who have made their home here.


Start: Green Park Tube

A walk through London’s Theatreland


This is a walk through the heart of the West End , passing some famous theatrical landmarks and hearing tales of some of the actors and actresses past and present who have been associated with this area. Starting in Leicester Square, we will pass through St Martins Lane and Charing Cross Road - all famous for their theatres and cinemas. We will follow some hidden passageways en route for Covent Garden then to the Strand, before ending the walk at the Covent Garden Opera House.


Start: Leicester Square Tube

Start: St James ParkTube

   Hidden Gems Around Parliament Square


Westminster Abbey is where Kings and Queens have been crowned for 1000 years and sharing this area of Parliament Square is the Palace of Westminster the seat of the English Parliament. They are both internationally known landmarks, but not so well known are the old by ways surrounding them with their spectacular Georgian houses. This is where many writers, politicians and artists. have lived Our walk will take us past the Abbey, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower, and we will explore some of these by ways and hear of the personalities who lived in them.


Belgravia


Close to the Green spaces of Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens, the streets of Belgravia are defined by elegant Georgian townhouses, foreign embassies and luxury hotels, together with some traditional pubs and boutiques. London's Belgravia is one of the most exclusive districts in the world. Developed in a large part by Thomas Cubbitt from the 1820's under the leadership of the Duke of Westminster, much of the area is still owned by the family today. Belgravia is famous too for its large number of heritage plaques remembering notable residents. This walk will explore the area including exclusive Belgrave and Eaton Squares, the café society of Elizabeth Street , and ‘meet’ some of the well known people who made Belgravia their home.


Start : Hyde Park Corner by the Lanesborough Hotel  End: Lower Belgrave Street.

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