Q. What could Sting, two leaders of the Labour Party, General de Gaulle, two Spice Girls, Florence Nightingale and Peter Sellers possibly have in common?
A. They all lived in or off the same street in London, though clearly not at the same time.
Inspired by the TV programme ‘A House Through Time’, ‘Frognal – A Hampstead Street through Time’ focuses on the houses in one street and the people who’ve lived in them. Your guide, former TV newsman Stewart Purvis, has done the research on the stories behind the buildings and the residents.
The name of the street ‘Frognal,’ which takes some explaining for starters. The buildings span three centuries and they have been Hampstead homes for an extraordinary range of politicians, classical and pop musicians, actors and actresses. Along the way, an argosy of stories and legends, of personal triumphs and tragedies.
N.B. this is virgin territory Stewart’s blazed a trail through. The “street” in A Street Through Time doesn’t figure in any other Hampstead walk in the London Walks repertory. There’s no overlap whatsoever.
A HAMPSTEAD STREET THROUGH TIME – THE PRACTICALS
Hampstead Street Through Time takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, November 24. Meet Stewart just outside the exit of Hampstead Tube (Hampstead Tube is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line). The walk ends at Finchley Road Tube (Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines). If you prefer to walk back to HampsteadTube afterwards Stewart will guide you past a few more homes of the rich and/or famous.
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If you can’t make Stewart’s scheduled, just-turn-up, public Frognal – A Hampstead Street Through Time walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Hampstead Street Through Time walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience (subject to Stewart’s availability). We’ll tailor it to your requirements. 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.
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