Chelsea Pub Tour

Sloane Square tube station, London

Guided by Kevin

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
11 April 2020 Pub7.15 pm9.15 pm Winter

Short read: Thomas More to the Swinging 60s.

Longer read (in Kevin’s words): Chelsea may be best known as the spiritual home of the ‘Swinging Sixties but it has many other claims to fame, and its pleasures are attested by the unrivalled quality of its architecture, its famous residents and its local history.

It was home to Thomas More, Henry VIII, Turner, Bram Stoker, George Elliot, Rossetti, Whistler, Oscar Wilde, Lawrence Olivier, Mike Jagger, James Bond, George Smiley, Richard Rogers and many many more!

It was known as a Village of Palaces in the 16th and 17th Centuries but it changed profoundly in the 18th Century when the palaces were torn down and the gardens turned into streets of Town Houses.  By the 19th Century it had gone ‘downhill’ to become a centre of bohemian London, but enriched by a colony of writers and artists.  The recovery from urban decline began in the 1950’s when Chelsea became the centre of a new vibrant youth culture that rescued London from mediocrity.  Sadly, fame contains the seeds of its own destruction, and as it became more fashionable it became less affordable so although the creative ‘buzz’ has moved somewhere cheaper, Chelsea remains a beautiful place to stroll around in company with its illustrious natives.

CHELSEA PUB TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

The Chelsea Pub Tour takes place at 7.15 pm on Saturday, September 28. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Sloane Square Tube. It’s guided by the former Museum of London Archaeologist Kevin Flude.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Chelsea Pub Tour walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.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.

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