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Guided by Matthew
Short version: Keats-cadenced, Wisteria-wreathed, Karen-conducted, sunny Cinderella village.
Long version: All the planets align for this one. The guide, Matthew – it's a pretty safe bet that he'll be the most gifted person who'll ever swim into your ken – grew up here, lives here, works here. A composer whose work gets performed, Matt, like Keats, has been professionally and artistically influenced by this neighbourhood. It doesn't end there, Matt's also a gifted artist – a gifted artist whose work sells. And sure enough he's painted scenes that figure in this walk. As for the walk itself, it's an astonishingly rich repast, ranging from the street the Guardian described as "the loveliest street in London" to bullet holes in a pub to Orwell and Keats (of course) to the Heath to an ancient skittles alley to London's second most important river to Huxley and Triffids and a great old London teaching hospital to a cafe-rich village street to ghost adverts to... well, come and see.
The South Hampstead Walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, May 5. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Belsize ParkTube.
N.B. the South Hampstead Walk ends very near Belsize Park Tube.
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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public South Hampstead London Walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the South Hampstead 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 email@example.com 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.
A private London Walk makes 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.