The Old West End: conspiracy, scandal and skulduggery in Celebrities’ London

Old West End Pub Walk with Sue JacksonWe are walking through one of the most neglected quarters of London. To be precise, this is part of Marylebone, the part that belongs to 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 is a revelation! Full of scandals – think Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson. think the Profumo affair. And then there is the conspiracy to bring down the government by murdering the whole Cabinet at dinner; the determined attempt by a fraudster to pass himself off as heir to a fortune, and the promise of the Second Coming of the Messiah to take place at 38 Manchester Street on October 19, 1814. So a not-unexciting area! And in this quiet and unfrequented place – well the ideal hideaway for the famous – the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, to name but a few…

I shall be leading this walk as a PUB WALK on Saturday 28th January 2017, calling in at a couple of pubs en-route to fortify ourselves, and ending at a great one near Bond Street tube station; meet Marble Arch tube station (Central Line), exit 1, 7.15pm. I shall be leading the walk as a regular walk on Sunday November 27th 2016, same meeting point, but at 10.45am.

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).

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