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Tour 12 Knightsbridge

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Take the C1 bus or tube from Victoria Station to Knightsbridge which has some of the highest property prices in the world and is home to some of the world's richest people. It’s historic Churches draw rich and poor alike to well supported musical traditions. The national museums which have free access are a great draw to people.  This tour starts outside Harrods store and proceeds to the Brompton Oratory, Holy Trinity, Brompton and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Ennismore Gardens. It returns to Harrods via the statue of Shackleton, the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.
Brompton Oratory

The neo-classical London Oratory has association with Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) whose statue stands facing the street. Cardinal Newman founded the English society of secular clergy or Congregation of the Oratory after the model of St Philip Neri. With its vibrant traditionalism and splendid choir Brompton Oratory is known internationally as custodi…

Tour 11 Kensington Gardens

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Take a 52 bus from Victoria station to Kensington Palace at the east of Kensington Gardens which lie beyond Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James's Park, four vast parks bringing oxygen to both body and spirit as central London’s fine green ‘lung’. Tour 11 starts from the Palace Gates, heads to the statue of Queen Victoria, the Sunken Gardens behind and across Kensington Gardens to the Italian Water Gardens. From there it heads south via the statue of Peter Pan and Physical Energy statue to the Albert Memorial and Albert Hall returning via the Round Pond to the 52 Palace bus stop.

Queen Victoria


It was Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise who designed the white marble statue of her mother in coronation robes adjacent to the Palace where she was born in 1819 and from where she acceded to the throne in 1837 at the age of 18. Victoria had sad memories of the Palace with the early death of her father and the strict regime imposed on her there by Sir John Conroy, her mother's domi…

Tour 10 Hyde Park

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Take the bus, underground or walk from Victoria Station to Marble Arch which once itself travelled a similar route, brick by brick, from its original site at Buckingham Palace when the latter was expanded in 1851. It stands incongruously on a traffic island north of Hyde Park the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Green Park to St James’s Park. Our tenth tour takes in Speaker’s Corner and Reformers’ Tree, both linked to Britain’s tradition of free speech, descends to the Serpentine lake turning right then left by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery to cross the bridge, then left to view Princess Diana Memorial Fountain continuing alongside Rotten Row to The Dell.


Speaker’s Corner




‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ is a saying attributed to Voltaire. Across the road from Marble Arch there’s a public space that gets crowded on Sundays where you can hear l…

Tour 9 St James’s Palace

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This ninth tour of free London sights from Victoria station starts from Hyde Park Corner accessed by bus or on foot up Buckingham Palace Road, Grosvenor Gardens and Grosvenor Place skirting the Palace walls on your right.  We start near the horseback statue of  the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) whose defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 makes him one Britain's greatest military heroes. The tour continues through Wellington Arch to the Bomber Command Memorial. From there we cross Green Park to St James’s Palace returning across the Park via the Canada memorial and Commonwealth memorial gates to Hyde Park Corner and Victoria. 


Wellington Arch

UIKEWellington Arch on the traffic island lies opposite the Duke of Wellington’s former abode at Apsley House known as No 1 London because the Arch and a previous turnpike gate were seen as the entrance to central London from the west.  Both Wellington and Marble Arch were planned in 1825 by King George IV to commemorate Britain&…

Tour 8 Horse Guards

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Take an 11 or 24 bus from Victoria station to Trafalgar Square to start our eighth tour at the Canadian High Commission, the large building with distinctive red and white flags opposite the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery. There’s generally a free exhibition at the High Commission accessible after a body and luggage scan. This circular tour crosses from the Commission past the historic Admiralty Pub onto the Mall turning right to view the free Mall galleries and Queen Mother memorial further down. We turn back along the Mall to Horse Guards via the Police memorial then pass through to Whitehall and visit Downing Street, the Cenotaph and the Banqueting House heading back to Trafalgar Square for a bus to Victoria.

Mall galleries


From the Canadian High Commission cross into Spring Gardens passing the HMS Victory-themed Admiralty pub into the Mall. Admiralty Arch on your left is King Edward VII’s memorial to his mother Queen Victoria and its central arch is reserved for Royal process…

Tour 7 Piccadilly Circus

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Our seventh walk captures London’s glitz, the flashing lights of Piccadilly and sparkling jewels of Mayfair, starting at the Ritz Hotel next to Green Park underground. From Victoria take a 38 bus or tube or walk up Buckingham Palace Road, cross the Mall with the Palace behind you and walk up Green Park on the path to the right by the fence. We cross Piccadilly from the Ritz walking up Berkeley Street to the heart of Mayfair. The tour takes in Faraday’s Museum at the Royal Institution, Burlington Arcade and the Royal Academy on the way to Piccadilly Circus, the World Time Today Clock and St James’ Church returning along Piccadilly to Green Park and Victoria Station.


Mayfair


From the Ritz Hotel cross Piccadilly and walk up the right hand pavement at Berkeley Street to the extraordinary Turtle fountain at Park Chinois and take the next left down Lansdowne Row to Curzon Street. Proceed to Shepherd Market where the original ‘May Fair’ was held which retains a village like atmosphere in the m…

Tour 6 Trafalgar Square

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From Victoria station take an 11 or 24 bus to Trafalgar Square and walk a short distance to the centre of London where our sixth tour begins. Road distances to London are measured from a plaque on the ground by the statue of King Charles I at the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, under the shadow of Nelson’s column. On that spot stood the original Eleanor’s Cross which starts this tour. We proceed from there via St Martin-in-the-fields to the statue of Edith Cavell, the National Portrait Gallery and, round the corner, the National Gallery. Descending from there onto Trafalgar Square we view the imperial measures. The tour ends at London’s ‘greatest sight’ in many reckonings, Nelson’s column.


Eleanor Cross

Charing Cross might derive from the French ‘chère reine’,‘dear Queen’ Eleanor’s memorial, the most southerly of 12 erected by her loving husband King Edward I to mark the nightly resting places of her body as it returned from Lincoln where she died in 1290 to her i…