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Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Hobnob Tours

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This fascinating tour of two of the most well loved areas of London, St James’ and Mayfair, lasts for 3 - 3.5 hours.  The centrepiece of St James’ is the majestic palace built by Henry VIII and as you meander the streets in the shadow of its great gate-tower, you will pass the gentlemen’s clubs and elegant outfitters which have been a mecca to royals and gentlemen alike for centuries. Walk a little further north and the tour takes you past the luxurious houses, beautiful gardens and exclusive shops of aristocratic Mayfair before arriving in Shepherd Market which used to be the home to Mayfair’s thriving sex industry. On this tour, you can pop in to a variety of shops admiring exquisite displays of china, glass and silverware in one and smelling the delightful aromas of over 150 artisan cheeses in another.   You might even get a sample to enjoy?! No food or drink is included in the cost of this tour.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Mayfair, London England

Full of fascinating historical buildings and lovely parks and squares

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER England

One of London's most sophisticated department stores and where picnic hampers were created!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London W1J 0QJ England

Created by George Cavendish so his wife and her aristocratic friends would have somewhere to shop in privacy away from the prying eyes of the beggars.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House Piccadilly Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD England

Dating back to the 1700s, its summer exhibition is a firm favourite within London's 'Society' events.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Berkeley Square Gardens, London W1J 5AR England

The most famous Square in London

Stop At: Mount Street Gardens, S Audley St, London England

An oasis of peace and tranquillity in the centre of London

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QU England

A leafy retreat nowadays but it used to be the centre of Mayfair's red light district where the aristocrats of old, with too much time and money on their hands, went for their entertainment.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Green Park, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EJ England

Green Park where your guide will introduce the royal dynasties which form the backbone of St James' development

Pass By: St. James's Palace, London England

Built by Henry VIII on the site of a woman's leper colony

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Weekday home of the Queen and the focal point of Royal celebrations

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

A lovely area of London to walk through

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

A gigantic sandpit used for beach volleyball during the 2012 London Olympics

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. James' Square, London SW1Y 4JU England

Built by Henry Jermyn as a reward for his loyalty to Charles II during the English Civil War.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • When your booking is confirmed, you will receive contact details for Sandy who will be your guide on this tour. Her aim is to give you, the customer, the best experience you could possibly have so if you have any special requests, be sure to tell Sandy what they are! If you need to stop for a break midway through the tour that will be fine with her.
  • The tour will last between 3 - 3.5 hours depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of questions asked.
  • The tour will cover roughly 2 - 3 miles in total.
  • The tour will go ahead come rain or shine so please don't be put off by the weather. Do wear comfortable shoes and clothing and, if needs be, bring waterproofs and an umbrella.
  • Due to the distances involved, and the speed with which we need to travel between events, this tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Morning tours will start at 9.45 under the Colonnade of the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly; afternoon tours will start at 14.30
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • A fun and experienced professional, local guide, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and the University of Westminster. Sandy is a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturer's Association.

  • Food and drinks
  • Food sampling
  • Gratuities - optional
  • Transportation to/from the start and end points of the walk

180 to 210 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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