Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain) | Map
Guided by Peter G.
Streets Ahead! More trailblazing by the best urban walking tour guides on the planet. In Focus walks are an extremely detailed look – "what I love about London Walks is the degree of granularity you get" (as that American visitor memorably put it) – at the most famous streets and squares of London. And their tributaries. This In Focus walk explores St. James's Street, where Byron "awoke to find myself famous." St. James's Street past and present. And boy do we mean past here. Not just back to Byron and then Hogarth and then on back to the Restoration and still further back to the Wars of the Roses. Five centuries and change – that's just the blink of an eye. We're going back 235,000 to 125,000 years ago. Yes, serious pre-history. You walk down St. James's Street you're walking from "the 50-foot terrace" to "the 25-foot terrace." It's to walk from an earlier "warm period" through a glaciation to the next "warm period." It's to walk – have it beneath your feet – what it was that made London possible. It's to understand its geology and the life it supported – and the forces, acted out over geological periods of time, that brought that about. It's to understand London. Then there's the architecture – no other London street ranges so far across the history of London architecture, is more architecturally vigorous and interesting. There are ancient shops that are the very epitome of "consumer London" at its best and classiest. There are London's oldest and most preeminent gentlemen's clubs. There's a secret museum. There's an English Scheherazade of characters and stories. The walk, which forms a natural pair with the St. James's Square walk, is guided (as is the St. James's Square walk) by actor and star London Walks guide, Peter.
St. James's Street – the In-Focus walk takes place at 10.45 am Sxxxxxxx. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit (by the fountain) of Green ParkTube
"I just had a most wonderful walk with Stephanie titled Chester Square. Last year at this time I did a special Earl's Court [Classic London Mews & Hidden Passageways] with her, so the two walks prompted this email. She is a delight, and I hung onto her every word. I have done another of your specialized street walks (In Focus – St. James's Street) and the guide [Peter] was every bit as good as Stephanie. I look forward to more of these specialized walks." Lynn L. American Women's Group, Paris
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public In Focus – St. James's Street walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the St. James's Street 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.