San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Sotherans Bookshop, Mayfair (c) Joanna Moncrieff 2014
A walk discovering literary connections in Mayfair including stories behind famous bookshops.
Mayfair is the setting for many novels and plays such as A School for Scandal, The Picture of Dorian Gray and A Handful of Dust.
On this walk you will see the home of Raffles the fictional gentleman thief, hear about Oscar Wilde’s wife’s connection with the oldest bookshop in London, hear about a rhyming recipe for salad dressing and see the church that was the scene of many fashionable marriages both real and fictional.
For lovers of book buying/browsing you will see some tucked away bookshops including the longest established antiquarian bookshop in the world and the birthplace of the very first paperback book not to mention the place where a single book was sold for £8m in 1983.
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Joanna Moncrieff, Footprints of London
I am a 2009 qualified City of Westminster Guide and a 2015 qualified Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. My walks tend to be food and drink themed and sometimes include a pub stop or two. I am privileged to be included in lastminute.com's list of London’s top tour guides.
IMPORTANT: Attendance on any walk can only be guaranteed through pre-booking. If you cannot pre-book here but wish to attend, you are welcome to do so, but you must please give me prior notice using the “contact the organiser” facility below (please remember to provide a phone number) and I will confirm arrangements by return. Please only make the journey to a meeting point if you have received a confirmation from me.
Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you on one of my walks!