Walk: Mayfair to Pall Mall

  • Meeting place: back entrance of Church of the Immaculate Conception |
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Following his previous successful walks for us, Maxwell Hutchinson, broadcaster, author and practising architect, returns with a fascinating new itinerary. The walk starts off Mount Street, Mayfair, in the delightful gardens at the rear of the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception. We proceed to Berkeley Square and the fine 18th-century Bourdon House, before moving down New Bond Street to look at the sculpture of Churchill and Roosevelt. From there we are led to the old Museum of Mankind, recently converted and refurbished as an extension to the Royal Academy of Arts, before taking the opportunity to discuss the Academy itself and the architectural development of one of the finest collections of buildings in central London. In Piccadilly we visit the Wren church of St James’s before moving on to Jermyn Street to take in the fine collection of traditional London shops. Then on to St James’s Square, to the building that became General Eisenhower’s headquarters during the Second World War. Our route continues down Pall Mall, covering the history and architecture of the principal gentlemen’s clubs, including the Athenaeum, the Travellers and the Reform Club. We then use a short cut through the little known Crown Passage, which takes us to the southern end of St James’s Street and its marvellous old shop fronts; access permitting, we visit the London Cigar Museum, which has much Churchill memorabilia. The walk continues with a look at the architecture of St James’s Palace and Marlborough House, and through to the Mall, ending with some closing remarks about the building of Buckingham Palace, the formation of the Mall and the building of Admiralty Arch.

Venue details

Meeting place: back entrance of Church of the Immaculate Conception
114 Mount Street London London