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Guided by Corinna

Short Version. Mistresses and mansions. Courtesans and cricket. Villas and Villains. It's a heady mix. So, yes, welcome to tony St. John's Wood – the Beverly Hills of London. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at St. John's Wood Tube.

Long Version. Mistresses, Mystics, Mansions, Artists, Courtesans, and Cricket

Call it The Secret ABC of Scandalous St. John's Wood. 

Artists, Anglicans, Apocalypse...
Battles, Bishops, Blackmail...
Courtesans, Cricket, Cliques...

                                ...and a great deal more.

ABC right through to the XYZ of what went on behind the elegant facades and drawn curtains of this neat, tidy but ever so slightly risque corner of London. It wasn't only on Lords Cricket Ground that they bowled a maiden over. "St. John's Wood was the one place beyond all others where gentlemen of discretion provided for their mistresses in a proper manner, establishing them in quiet villas surrounded by sheltered gardens and high walls" (The Street and the Detective by A. L. Shearn).

C is also for Corinna, your guide and leading lady who tells the tales along the way with pictures and even the odd song or two. 


In the Winter 2018-19 London Walks programme - which kicked in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – the St. John's Wood walk will take place at 10.45 am on Sunday, May 19 and at 10.45 am on Sunday, August 18. The meeting point is just outside St. John's WoodTube.


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"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life."  San Francisco Chronicle


If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public St. John's Woods walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Viva Vauxhall! 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 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.


Don't just take it from us.