Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain) | Map
Short description: "I'd put this one in the top three of the 57 different London Walks that I'm personally able to guide. It's got everything I want in a walk" (David).
Long description: Okay, that's the "opinion" – here's what it's based on. 1) It's olde, vintage London. There are secret passageways that take you into the 16th-century. And the 18th-century is par for the course. It's so well preserved it's a miracle the whole neighbourhood hasn't been sold off to a museum. 2) So, as you'd expect, visually it's very appealing. 3) It's storied. It's storied because it's full of character, full of characters, and marinated in history. 4) It's nooked and crannied. Why is that important? "Well, maybe it's just me, but I like to see things other people don't get to see" (David again). 5) It's got wonderful guides. Their names are Hilary OBE, Alison and Kim (winner of the big one –the Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award).
The Old Palace Quarter walk takes place at 2.30 pm every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit – by the fountain – of Green Park Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at St. James' Palace, a couple of minutes' walk in the Park from Green ParkTube. Though putting it thus – "walk in the Park" – borders on lèse-majesté. Because it's the most exclusive walk in the Park. It's the Queen's Walk – the royal promenade!
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"Best Tourism Experience in London" Gold Medal Winner, Visit London
If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Palace Quarter walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Palace Quarter 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.
"a world of clubby, oak-panelled rooms"
You'll see where God was killed.
"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.
Want a racier description of the walk? Try this: if you're prim and prudish better give this one a miss. Because this walk's, well, juicy. This area's 1660s Party Town. It's the historical 'Rock n' Roll' walk of the swinging 1660s and beyond. Real life 'Game of Thrones' stuff. Bedroom antics back then – and hey presto it's Jon Snow the bastard today. Not to mention Samamantha Cameron. So, yes, Hello Party Town! Welcome to Love Nests out West! The chapter headings are delicious and salacious – let alone dizzying, dazzling, sizzling, dumbfounding. Maiden Lepers. The Return of the King. Boots Washed in the Froth of the Finest Champagne. Duels in Pickering. Legover London & Mistresses off the Mall. Bowler Hats. Human Toilets. James Bond. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Bet. Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Assassinated Racehorse. The American Bar Associations. The Man Who Laid Down His Wife for His Country. The Prime Minister and the Actress. 'Well [Giggle] He Would, Wouldn't He?' And that's just for starters.