St James walking tour: Discover the history of London's restaurants

Saturday May 10, 2014 at 14:00


St James walking tour: Discover the history of London's restaurantsMap and Directions

Be fascinated by the exclusive ‘men only’ clubs from the 1800’s.

Be intrigued by the ‘secret world of the wealthy’
Be delighted by the posh eateries and foodie delights along the way.

The St James walk focuses on the gentleman clubs of London. St James, still sometimes referred to as ‘Clubland’, was well known for its very exclusive ‘men only’ clubs, which gained popularity in the late 1800’s, and were frequented by the wealthy upper class, the aristocracy, and those in the know.

Come and experience this ‘secret world of the wealthy’ and enjoy some delicious food and drink delights along the way!

On this walking tour, you will:

-Take a relaxed, guided stroll around one of London’s most exclusive areas

-Start and finish near Green Park tube

-Hear about and see some of 13 traditional English gentleman’s clubs, including the Reform Club, Boodles and The Athenaeum

-Visit some of the exclusive shops that still cater for this clientele

-See one of the oldest and most expensive restaurants in town

-Learn about Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant (300 years old!)

-Take in the famous Queen’s grocery store

-Visit a 200 year old cheese shop.

-Learn about the Jamie Oliver of the 19th Century:

the cook who inspired the TV series, ‘The Duchess of Duke Street’  and the  man who invented the sandwich.

Optional Extra:

At the end of the tour, Joanna has arranged a special visit to one of the best kept secrets in London.  This wine bar is amazing and one that you will want to return to time and time again.  The wines are expensive, but the atmosphere is worth it!  They also do cocktails and other beverages.

About our Walks:

This is one of seven fascinating walks in the Tastour series.  Our walks focus on exploring famous pubs, restaurants, bars… and let’s not forget historical and modern day epicurous adventurers.  Add in a few fantastic food related shops and a bit of Art History and this afternoon of discovery will give you a taste of an area you will surely want to visit again! Read more about our walks, here

What’s included?:

-Professionally guided tour and informative commentary by a qualified City of Westminster guide.

-A small taste of cheese presented by Paxton & Whitfield Cheese shop.

-Maps and links to places mentioned on the tour.

-An invitation to join our exclusive after party at one of London’s best wine bars, the Stafford hotel.

-Booking fee & Paypal fee
Time: 1:45 – 5:00pm (Meet at 13:45 for a 14:00 departure)

This walk lasts approx. 3 hours (including 2 half hour pub stops)

Location: The location is only sent to paid attendees

Age: Not appropriate for children under 16

Dress: Smart casual, comfortable walking shoes

Location: near Green Park Tube

We want you to hear the guide throughout your experience; therefore, the number of people on this walk is limited to 15 attendees.   The meeting point will be sent with your payment confirmation.


Non Members: Only £15

Bon Vivant Members: £10

All attendees Save £3, if you pre-pay on-line 1 week before the walk

So, why not JOIN as a Bon Vivant Member and receive exclusive invites and special discounts?


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