Short read. Mistresses and mansions. Courtesans and cricket. Villas and Villains. It’s a heady mix. So, yes, welcome to tony St. John’s Wood – the Beverly Hills of London. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at St. John’s Wood Tube.
Long read. Mistresses, Mystics, Mansions, Artists, Courtesans, and Cricket
Call it The Secret ABC of Scandalous St. John’s Wood.
Artists, Anglicans, Apocalypse…
Battles, Bishops, Blackmail…
Courtesans, Cricket, Cliques…
…and a great deal more.
ABC right through to the XYZ of what went on behind the elegant facades and drawn curtains of this neat, tidy but ever so slightly risque corner of London. It wasn’t only on Lords Cricket Ground that they bowled a maiden over. “St. John’s Wood was the one place beyond all others where gentlemen of discretion provided for their mistresses in a proper manner, establishing them in quiet villas surrounded by sheltered gardens and high walls” (The Street and the Detective by A. L. Shearn).
C is also for Corinna, your guide and leading lady who tells the tales along the way with pictures and even the odd song or two.
ST. JOHN’S WOOD WALK – THE PRACTICALS
In the Summer 2019 London Walks programme the St. John’s Wood walk takes place at 10.45 am on Sunday, August 18. Meeting point is just outside St. John’s Wood Tube.
In the Winter 2019-2020 London Walks programme the St. John’s Wood walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, November 17. Same meeting point.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks” Travel and Enjoy
“the unfailingly fascinating London Walks… If you can’t find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life.” San Francisco Chronicle
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public St. John’s Woods walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Viva Vauxhall! 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 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.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a very special, thoughtful and unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.