Visit the best macarons shops and concessions this side of Paris!
Have you always been keen to learn more about the history behind the (not so) humble macaron? Does a celadon-green Ladurée gift box make your heart skip a beat? Have you hoped for a Pierre Hermé shop to open close to you? If you've been nodding along to those questions, my new Belgravia and Knightsbridge-set tour – Macarons and Mews – is just the right thing for you!
Alongside having 5 macarons tastings (included within the ticket price), we will be exploring the hidden mews and secret passages of Belgravia and Knightsbridge. Following the traces of a lost river, we will also be unraveling tales about the devastating blaze of the Pantechnicon as well as a haunted pub. For good measure, the world famous department stores of Knightsbridge – Harrods and Harvey Nichols – will make cameo appearances too!
Conveniently located on the Piccadilly Line, the meeting point for this tour is by the Lanesborough Hotel, just outside Hyde Park Corner Tube Station. If you come by London Underground, make sure to use Exit 4 out of the station. The walk finishes close to the Victoria and Albert Museum on Exhibition Road which is a short walk away from South Kensington Tube Station. While the length of the tour is advertised as 2.5 hours, slight delays might occur as we will be visiting shops during regular working hours.
This tour is generally aimed at seasoned Londoners and tourists who share a passion for history as well as a sweet tooth. This tour can also be booked as a private tour and customised to suit any special occasion.
If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with me either via EventBrite or send me an email directly to: yannick.pucci[at]gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter (@ypldn) where I am always up for a chat too.
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An expat from Luxembourg, Yannick Pucci is an independent London tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. Constantly inspired by his adoptive city, Yannick is an engaging and enthusiastic storyteller and his walks were named as some of the ‘best London walking tours‘ by LastMinute.com.
Combining his love for architecture and history, Yannick’s ‘Art Deco’ tours explore the sophisticated glamour and severe functionality of 1920s and 1930s design. His popular 'Art Deco in Bloomsbury' tour made its debut during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and has been the subject of a Londonist Out Loud radio interview. While ‘Art Deco in the Strand’ explores posh hotels and towering office buildings, ‘Art Deco in the West End’, his latest offering in the series, takes a closer look at cinemas, garages and retail spaces.
Combining his love for sweet treats and history, Yannick has also branched out into food tasting tours. While ‘Macarons & Mews‘ explores the history of the (not so) humble macaron, ‘Piccadilly & Petit Fours‘, celebrates the foodie heritage of St. James's and Mayfair. His latest offering in this series, ‘Matcha Green Tea‘, investigates Japanese powdered green tea in Soho and Fitzrovia.
For the past six years Yannick has also been volunteering at the British Museum where he has been facilitating object handling and delivering tours ever since, including the Japan eyeOpener Tour, the Highlights Tour and the WCEC 'Behind the Scenes' Conservation Tour. His team-building efforts have been highly commended in the Renaissance London Volunteers Awards 2011, in the category 'Going the Extra Mile'.
In addition to running his own tours publicly and privately, Yannick has developed and led walks for the London Festival of Architecture, Open Garden Squares Weekend as well as for the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts.