Come explore where the other half lives!
Have you always been intrigued to learn more about the history of Mayfair? Often described as a town within a town, London’s most ‘reclusive’ enclave exudes aristocratic opulence as well as old world charm. The 'Hidden Mayfair' tour provides a perfect introduction to many of the area’s secrets - join me for a little snoop around!
While visiting the sites of a former burial ground and a popular Georgian ice-cream parlour, this walk will also take in Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s only public work in the UK, the mock-Tudor house in which Gloria Swanson used to live as well as – and perhaps most surprising – an Italian garden perched on top of an electricity substation. From aristocratic landlords to fearless flappers, our glitzy and glamourous cast of characters will include the incomparable Lady Emma Hamilton, retail-magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge and infamous actress Tallulah ‘Dahling’ Bankhead.
For a small taster of this tour, check out blog features about the walk on Sequins and Cherry Blossom, Jess in Belgium as well as Travelling Dave. This walk was launched during Open Garden Squares Weekend 2014.
The meeting point for the tour is by the Pump House in the middle of Berkeley Square, which is a 5 minutes walk away from Green Park Station. This tour is open to tourists as well as seasoned Londoners who want to learn more about the history of Mayfair. The walk is fully accessible and dog-friendly too.
If you have any more questions do not hesitate to get in touch with me either via my 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. This tour can also be booked as a private walk for groups and individuals.
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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.