Short version. Suits me, David, down to the ground, this one does. We’re exploring a part of London most people don’t get to see – a “neglected quarter.” And the contrast between the veneer of wealth and respectability and the sensational, OMG, “flesh-is-weak” goings-on here – ooooh, ahhhh, yes! Hits. The. Spot.
Long version. Ok, let’s vector in. We’re in Marylebone here. Ducal Marylebone. The demesnes of the Dukes of Portman. The bit that lies behind Marble Arch Tube Station and Baker Street. Most people never find a reason to go there but it’s a revelation when you do finally crack it. Full of scandals and other outrageous goings-on… Think Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson. Think the Profumo affair. Not to mention the conspiracy to bring down the government by murdering the whole Cabinet at dinner. Think the determined attempt by a fraudster to pass himself off as heir to a fortune. Think the promise of the Second Coming of the Messiah to take place at 38 Manchester Street on October 19, 1814. So, frisson-territory. Strong stuff, heady stuff territory. And in this quiet and unfrequented place – well the ideal hideaway for the famous – the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Let alone a journey into fear for a very special novelist. What’s not to like?
SCANDAL, SKULDUGGERY & CONSPIRACY IN THE WEST END – THE PRACTICALS
The West End Scandal, Skulduggery & Conspiracy Walk takes place at 7.15 pm on Saturday, April 4. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 of Marble ArchTube.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats.
“Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides. London
“The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London’s oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch” London, Cadogan Guide
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public West End Scandal, Skulduggery & Conspiracy walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the West End Scandal, Skulduggery & Conspiracy 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. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.