Sunday, 12 March 2017

#London Walks Walk of the Week: Belgravia – Its Palatial Houses, Its Secrets, Its Scandals


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Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.





You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.





But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…



Belgravia – Its Palatial Houses, Its Secrets, Its Scandals


2.30 pm on Saturday, March 18. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Sloane Square Tube. N.B. the walk ends back at Sloane Square Tube.

Guided by Stephanie

The World of Belgravia – the Power & the Glory, the Money & Magnificence, the Lust & Loopiness in the World's Swishest Postcode.

The grandest London drawing room of them all. That's where we're headed. And first things first: there's no other neighbourhood in London like this. It looks different. Feels different. Sounds different. Feels different. All pearly stucco and cut glass accents and blue blood – the place simply breathes money. The people who live here are people who could live anywhere. Which is why they live here. Here in this movie-set corner of London. Here in Upstairs-Downstairs land, so profoundly English, but also, somehow, exotic. And what a cavalcade of residents: Baroness Margaret Thatcher, David Niven, Vivien Leigh, Lord Lucan, Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Omar Shariff, "the Special One", "the assassinated one", the one who mistook Hitler for a butler and handed him his coat, the list goes on and on. After tonight you'll be able to do some world class name dropping! And because we're going to see it through the peep-hole – threading our way through its cobbled little lanes and mews – past secret escapes and hideaways and vistas of sudden surprise – we'll make some wonderful discoveries.

PRACTICALS

The Belgravia Walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, March 18. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Sloane Square Tube. N.B. the walk ends back at Sloane Square Tube.

About Your Guide…

Stephanie

Stephanie, a splendidly droll ex-Elephant Keeper, was in Shakespeare in Love! She's a professionally qualified Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, City of London, and Blue Badge Guide.



A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



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