This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | email@example.com to make a booking.
Sloane Square tube station, London
Guided by Kevin
Short read: Exactly what it says on the tin. Former Museum of London Archaeologist Kevin Flude opens up Chelsea’s history with a special emphasis on the archaeological record.
Longer read (in Kevin’s words): The walk will look at the history of Chelsea from its origins in the Saxon period with the Palace of King Offa to the present day.
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.
The Archaeology & History of Chelsea walk takes place at 2.30 pm on XXXXXXXX from Sloane Square Tube. It’s guided by the former Museum of London Archaeologist Kevin Flude.
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 Archaeology & History of Chelsea 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 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.
A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.