Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.
You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.
But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…
A VILLAGE IN PICCADILLY
2.30 pm on Mondays from Piccadilly Circus Tube
The great West End walk. Search no further. It's a dream. A dream of a walk. A dream because beautiful places, beautiful things flow past like blossoms on slow water. Yeah, some village. Realm's more like it. The realm of riches, rank and those who rule. The purlieus of those who possess. The efflorescenes of effortless superiority and ancient lineages. In its irresistible goody bag: elegant arcades, secret doorways and peekaboo views; Gentlemen's clubs; Burlington House and the Albany; London's best shopping street; tea and royal chocolates (we sample them, gratis); Nelson's perfumier (more gratis sampling); the world's smallest – and toniest – privately funded police force; mad, bad and dangerous to know Byron; Brummel to Brando; Jermyn to Marilyn; exclusive, eccentric, best-dressed London; magnet for artists, writers, royals, scientists, dreamers and dandies; Darwin to James Bond; the Prince Regent to Prince Harry; the greatest act of literary vandalism ever. It's Old Money London. It's Georgian. It's Regency. It's Victorian. It's Edwardian. It's Parisian. It's parfait. It's part Wonderland, part Arabian Nights. CUE: it's not just what you see – as fine as that is – it's the stories. Stories that print the light and tilt the stones. And not that this one needs a deal closer but nudge nudge – this walk's not just visual and aural. It's a full-on sensory experience. Bears repeating. With Katy and Karen as your entrees you'll taste the Queen's favourite culinary treat and whiff scents specially created for VIPs. Hmmmmm. Some dream. A dream that leaves you feeling completely, even exuberantly, in the pink!
Guided by Karen or Katy.
The Village in Piccadilly walk takes place every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm
Meet Karen or Katy outside exit 4 (the Eros exit – near the Criterion restaurant) – of Piccadilly Circus Tube.
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.