Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3 | Map
Guided by Stephanie
Short read: The World of Belgravia – the Power & the Glory, the Money & Magnificence, the Lust & Loopiness in the World's Swishest Postcode.
Long read: 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. Guided by Stephanie.
In the Winter 2019-20 London Walks programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – the Belgravia walk takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, November 9; at 10.45 am on Sunday, March 1; and at 10.45 am on Sunday, April 19.
Meet Stephanie just outside exit 3 of Hyde Park CornerTube.
We also run – a couple of times a year – the Belgravia Pub Walk. In the Summer 2019 London Walks programme it takes place at 7.15 pm on Saturday, September 7. It goes from just outside exit 3 of Hyde Park CornerTube. The pub walk is guided by David.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Belgravia walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Belgravia Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.