Short read: Jeevesdom, Woosterville and Wodehouse-land.
Short listen: Here’s guide Richard – he of the wonderful voice – talking about the walk in a podcast he did for us.
Long read: Mayfair between the wars. The land of Galahad Threepwood, Bingo Little and Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright. The house where Wodehouse lived for much of the 1930s. The real locations behind the Drones Club. Grosvenor Square and the girl who yearned for it. The famous actor who was an inspiration behind Bertie Wooster, the place where Bertie bought the Old Etonian spats which outraged Jeeves, and the bookshop where he, most, unfortunately, ended up with a copy of Spindrift. The home of a close Wodehouse friend and colleague. The little tea shop near the Ritz where romance blossomed. The club where an impecunious peer worked as the secretary. P. G. Wodehouse, genius of comic writing, was backwards and forwards between London and New York throughout the 20s and 30s, and the fictional world he created around his real London never grew old. Over a century on since the immortal Jeeves first shimmered into view, spiffing traces of the Master’s favourite corner of London can still be found…
LONDON WALKS PRACTICALS – WHAT HO! JEEVES
What Ho! Jeeves – The London of P.G. Wodehouse takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, August 22nd
The meeting point is just outside exit 2 (the Park Lane exit) of Marble Arch Tube. The walk is guided by actor Richard IV, he of the velvety voice and perfect timing and Audiobook renown.