The “other” Knightsbridge – a collector’s corner of mews, lanes and cosiness. This is a great walk. You’ve been to Knightsbridge but you haven’t been to this Knightsbridge. And that’s not to say that we don’t see Harrods or that 200 million pound flat. We do see them. But we see them in ways that you won’t have seen them. As for the Old Lanes – you won’t have seen them. Ah, yes, the Old Lanes. They’re a London original – one of the capital’s hidden delights, one of its special places. And for sure they’re hard to find… our higgledy-piggledy route takes us up a cobbled pathway, past a hidden churchyard (a Russian spy had his dead drop back in there – we’ll pinpoint it – that hidden enough for you?), along a little mews, through a gate in a wall and down some steps and then, hey presto, we’re through the looking glass and into the old lanes. Into that collector’s corner of mews, alleys, and cosiness. Into unchanging London. Here we could be a million miles from Harrods and the hustle and bustle of Brompton Road. The contrast is as dramatic and unexpected as anything in London – if you didn’t know better you’d think you were in the back streets of a Cornish fishing village. And that’s just for openers. Stir in pots of history, add a dash of intrigue and gossip, and garnish with pubs that are real trouvailles and you’ve got a spiffing walk. In short, welcome to the “other Knightsbridge.” Guided by Nick, Richard III or Fiona, winner of the Visit London Guide of the Year Award.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE PUB WALK – THE PRACTICALS
The Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk takes place every* Friday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is South Kensington Tube. Meet at the top of the stairs by the pharmacy. N.B., the walk ends just seconds away from Knightsbridge Tube Stop. *Every Friday evening in the Summer London Walks programme, which runs from May 1 through October 31. Come our Winter season programme (Nov. 1 – April 30) The Knightsbridge Pub Walk hibernates.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Knightsbridge Village Pub 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 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.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) 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.
LONDON WALKS LEAFLET
The famous white leaflet. “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.