Turn into the backstreets and explore London’s nooks and crannies. Every route we take will feature hidden corners rich with the city’s social and architectural fabric. Find hidden noses and saucy street signs in Soho, discover some of the world’s most cutting edge architecture in the City of London, discuss the Romantic poets elegising in old Hampstead, unearth hidden medieval ‘bone-houses’ in Spitalfields, and learn about the extraordinarily debauched characters who strutted through the Georgian streets of Mayfair and St James’s.
Nowhere illustrates London’s historical tapestry better than the East End. Waves of immigrants (from French Huguenots and Eastern European Jews to – more recently – Bangladeshi refugees) have enriched this part of the capital with wonderfully vibrant cultural scenes. Unpicking the history of the area we’ll find fresh, still-wet street art, nomadic gardens and beautiful Huguenot houses. Along the way we’ll have a chance to taste the East End’s favourite culinary treats: a delicious Jewish salt-beef bagel, hot chocolate from London’s best cocoa house, mouth-watering curries and much more.
We’ll end the afternoon at the extraordinarily atmospheric Dennis Severs House, a ‘living museum’ layered in Georgian and Victorian history that will give us a powerful sense of contemporary life!