Writers, Detectives and Spies – Hidden Secrets of Marylebone (Virtual Tour)

Thursday 22 October

There are so many hidden secrets to discover in Marylebone and we can’t wait to take you on an actual walk around the area. In the meantime, you can sit at home and enjoy this fascinating virtual walking tour, with Blue Badge Guide Janice Liverseidge, who will give you an informative and fun insight into this intriguing area of London.  Importantly, Janice does actually live in Marylebone and can’t wait to share her knowledge of this special part of town with you! (If you came on the actual walk last year, because this is virtual, Janice has been able to add in some new stories and images that were not possible to get to on the walk).
We discover the site where Charles Dickens and family lived from 1839-1851 in what was then Devonshire Terrace, and is now the main Marylebone Road. The Terrace was demolished in the 1950’s but the site of the Dickens’ family home is splendidly memorialised by a large mural depicting the six novels published by Dickens whilst he lived here in Marylebone.
We visit locations featured in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes and discover, amongst many other things about Holmes, who the author based his character on and the truth behind Holmes’ iconic image of deerstalker, inverness cape and meerschaum pipe.

Our tour leads us to where Stephen Ward (Profumo Affair) lived and was visited by Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, where the spy, Anthony Burgess, shared a flat with fellow-spy Anthony Blunt and where the Courtauld Institute was housed when Blunt became its Director and Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures.

Along the way Janice will bring our attention to exquisite architectural features in the area and tell us snippets of history and gossip related to this very special and historic area of London. How did Marylebone get its name? What’s the history behind the Wallace Collection? Join us to find out.

Image credits: Sue Stamp 

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Zoom Virtual Tour
Thursday 22 October
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Price: £10