A Walk in the Sunshine
Twelve people turned up for my Mayfair walk on the Sunday afternoon including some friends and ex-work colleagues. In addition my advertising on Ian Visits and Londonist had proved successful as 6 of the 12 came as a result of those adverts.
Readers of my blog will realise Mayfair is one of my favourite areas for guiding. There’s lots to see and there are many interesting stories to tell. The pavements are also wide (compared to areas such as Soho and Covent Garden) and it’s generally reasonably empty.
This current walk – A Culinary Tour – came about because during the course of studying for my exam (in Mayfair) I realised there were lots of hidden cafes and restaurants in the most unexpected places such as Sotheby’s. Combined with historical anecdotes such as Handel’s gluttony and Gunter’s famous ice cream shop in Berkeley Square I more or less had a walk.
I know Mayfair really well now but forget that there are lots of places unknown to the general public such as Mount Street Gardens and Bruton Place with its cunningly hidden Pizza Express alongside upmarket restaurants such as Umu and “Steak Pie of the Century” pub, the Guinea. I love taking people into Mount Street Gardens as they do seem genuinely surprised. That’s what I love about being a guide – showing people the hidden parts of the City and hoping they will want to explore more themselves.