For almost a thousand years, since Edward the Confessor built his palace here, Westminster has been at the centre of Royal London. Around and between the royal residences, a vast area of parkland has grown up. Originally intended for hunting, these parks are now public pleasure grounds. Our walk starts from outside the hotel on the forecourt of Charing Cross Station. It leads from the sites of Westminster and Whitehall Palaces towards Buckingham and St James’s Palaces. As we walk we cross some of London’s loveliest open spaces. We learn about a drunken elephant, a bird with a wooden leg and another with a taste for scrap metal, a game that gave its name to a street, two old ladies who nearly changed a king’s building plans, and the most famous orange seller in English history.
With Pete Smith
12/07/2018 11:00 - 12:30
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