“London specialises in hiding the best of itself.” Old Marylebone’s a case in point. Here you’ll lose your way and find your heart…get gratifyingly lost and get London back the way it was. The way it was at the time of the American Revolution! The way it was just after the Napoleonic Wars – for this is Regency London at its best! The way it was for Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett – we’ll see the old church where they were married! What else? Well, this one’s fascinating because it’s so unexpected – a quirky old village in the heart of the West End; delightful because it’s our greenest walk; revealing because it takes us into one of the private worlds London excels in; stimulating because it’s like a series of flashbacks to every bit of old London you’ve ever seen; brilliant because of the private mansion we’ll go into for a quick look at a couple of world famous paintings; satisfying because everything locks into place like the lines of a sonnet; and, finally, brilliant because of the sheer voltage of the finale: here is the loveliest set-piece in London, the final expression of a classical age, “a definition of western civilization in a single view”.
I shall be leading this walk on SATURDAYS 19th November, 3rd December 2016, and 7th January, 18th February, 15th April 2017. Meet Bond Street tube station, by Forever 21 shop, Stratford Place opposite the station, 2.00pm.
Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).