Gaze up from your phone once in awhile and marvel at the ever changing landscape of London, a city full of people from all walks of life who have contributed to London’s rich history and heritage. Steer off the beaten path and away from the usual tourist trails to uncover the hidden nooks and crannies with Blue Badge Tours.
Take a stroll down memory lane on September 12th and 19th, exploring Portman Marylebone hosted by a certified Blue Badge Tour guide, who will share interesting insights into the “It crowd’ who brought the area to life over the centuries.
This 1.5 hour walk through the neighbourhood streets takes in music, fashion and art against an architectural backdrop of fine period properties, character mews, elegant garden squares, historical churches and vibrant independent shopping streets.
‘Take a walk on the wild side’ past the homes of two Beatles and a Seventies rock legend, the tour will also uncover an extraordinary art gallery which features portraits of The “It” crowd of the 18th and 19th centuries, and discover the shadowy, glamorous world of London espionage. There is a fascinating history that lays behind this quaint village’esque’ area of London, discover why residents & visitors alike are Head over Heels for Portman Marylebone.
Enjoy exploring but remember not all ‘boots were made for walking’; so comfortable shoes are advisable. You will however be able to take a load off and reboot during a rest stop at Chiltern Street’s Monocle Café.
You can also conclude the tour with a meal at The Grazing Goat on New Quebec Street were you will receive 20% off food.
Pre-booking is essential Tickets cost £10 with proceeds going to charity partner City Harvest. Tickets can be booked here. For your safety, all participants are asked to bring a mask and observe safe distancing.
When: Saturday 12th & 19th September 2020
Time: 11am (participants are advised to arrive at least 5mins before departure time)
Meeting Point: Underneath the iconic Marble Arch, London W1H 7EJ.
Written by: Eboni Addoh