Sunday, 5 February 2017

#London Walks Walk of the Week: Scandalous St John's Wood



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…




Scandalous St. John's Wood – Beverly Hills in NW8

2.30p.m Sunday 12th February 2017


Meet at St. John's Wood Tube

Guided by Corinna



Mistresses and mansions. Courtesans and cricket. Villas and Villains. It's a heady mix. So, yes, welcome to tony St. John's Wood – the Beverly Hills of London.

Call it The Secret ABC of Scandalous St. John's Wood.

Artists, Anglicans, Apocalypse...
Battles, Bishops, Blackmail...
Courtesans, Cricket, Cliques...

..and a great deal more.

ABC right through to the XYZ of what went on behind the elegant facades and drawn curtains of this neat, tidy but ever so slightly risque corner of London. It wasn't only on Lord's Cricket Ground that they bowled a maiden over. "St. John's Wood was the one place beyond all others where gentlemen of discretion provided for their mistresses in a proper manner, establishing them in quiet villas surrounded by sheltered gardens and high walls" (The Street and the Detective by A. L. Shearn).

C is also for Corinna, your guide and leading lady who tells the tales along the way with pictures and even the odd song or two.


Scandalous St. John's Wood – Beverly Hills in NW8


2.30p.m Sunday 12th February 2017



Meet at St. John's Wood Tube


About Your Guide…

Corinna is a treasurably barking – and ferociously intelligent – Cambridge bluestocking. She's the only well known Royal National Theatre actress who's also a psychrolute!* Most recently she starred in the hit West End play, Copenhagen. She's been known to throw in a song or two on her walks but she leaves her cello at home. Anything else? Yes, she's also a professionally qualified London Guide. *Every single morning of the year. With the ducks. In a Hampstead pond.




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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.



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