A guided walk around St James’s - one of London’s first planned developments, dating from the 1660’s, combining the history of its architecture with stories of some of its literary residents and visitors. The walk starts in the courtyard of Burlington House, where Samuel Pepys set his wig alight, passes the site of Oscar Wilde's greatest triumph and disaster and visits where Charles II's most avaricious mistress had her mansion. We go into London's smallest square and one of its most elegant, St James's Square, as well as visiting the site of the palatial Carlton House where the Prince Regent lavishly entertained, and hearing stories of publishers, playwrights and explorers.
Anthony Davis, the guide, is a graduate of Oxford and London Universities and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is a City of Westminster and Borough of Camden guide.
14:00 - 15:45
PIccadilly W1J OBD
Detailed joining instructions will be given with the booking confirmation