Short read: The World of Belgravia – the Power & the Glory, the Money & Magnificence, the Lust & Loopiness in the World’s Swishest Postcode.
Long read: The grandest London drawing room of them all. That’s where we’re headed. And first things first: there’s no other neighbourhood in London like this. It looks different. Feels different. Sounds different. Feels different. All pearly stucco and cut glass accents and blue blood – the place simply breathes money. The people who live here are people who could live anywhere. Which is why they live here. Here in this movie-set corner of London. Here in Upstairs-Downstairs land, so profoundly English, but also, somehow, exotic. And what a cavalcade of residents: Baroness Margaret Thatcher, David Niven, Vivien Leigh, Lord Lucan, Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Omar Shariff, “the Special One”, “the assassinated one”, the one who mistook Hitler for a butler and handed him his coat, the list goes on and on. After tonight you’ll be able to do some world class name dropping! And because we’re going to see it through the peep-hole – threading our way through its cobbled little lanes and mews – past secret escapes and hideaways and vistas of sudden surprise – we’ll make some wonderful discoveries. Guided by Stephanie.
LONDON WALKS PRACTICALS – BELGRAVIA TOUR
The Belgravia walk takes place at 10.45 am on Sunday, March 1; at 10.45 am on Sunday, April 19; at 10.45 am on Saturday, May 16; and at 10.45 am on Sunday, May 24.
Meet Stephanie just outside exit 3 of Hyde Park CornerTube.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
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