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St James Walking Tour

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 2:15 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Be fascinated by the exclusive ‘men only’ clubs from the 1800’s.

Be intrigued by the ‘secret world of the wealthy’
Be delighted by the posh eateries and foodie delights along the way.

The St James walk focuses on the gentleman clubs of London. St James, still sometimes referred to as ‘Clubland’, was well known for its very exclusive ‘men only’ clubs, which gained popularity in the late 1800’s, and were frequented by the wealthy upper class, the aristocracy, and those in the know.

Come and experience this ‘secret world of the wealthy’ and enjoy some delicious food and drink delights along the way!

Optional Extra:

At the end of the tour, Joanna has arranged a special visit to one of the best kept secrets in London.  This wine bar is amazing and one that you will want to return to time and time again.  The wines are expensive, but the atmosphere is worth it!  They also do cocktails and other beverages.




On this walking tour, you will:

-Take a relaxed, guided stroll around one of London’s most exclusive areas

-Start and finish near Green Park tube

-Hear about and see some of 13 traditional English gentleman's clubs, including the Reform Club, Boodles and The Athenaeum

-Visit some of the exclusive shops that still cater for this clientele

-See one of the oldest and most expensive restaurants in town

-Learn about Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant (300 years old!)

-Take in the famous Queen’s grocery store

-Visit a 200 year old cheese shop.

-Learn about the Jamie Oliver of the 19th Century:

the cook who inspired the TV series, ‘The Duchess of Duke Street’  and the  man who invented the sandwich.


About our walks:

A guided walk is the best way to experience and discover London and meet new people.

Whether you’re new in town or a local wanting to see the city through a fresh set of eyes, a Tastour walk will reveal London’s highlights, away from the tourist’s traps and crowded streets.

Our walks are led by a City of Westminster guide, a passionate epicurean, who will share with you London’s food and drink history and hotspots.  With snippets of information, fun facts and top recommendations, you’ll get a taste of our gastronomic capital whilst meeting a small group of like-minded people.


Attending on your own?  Don’t be nervous.  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.

Upcoming dates, areas and themes:

Time: 2:15 for a 2:30 start – 5:00pm

Location: Location sent to paid attendees

Age: Not appropriate for children under 16

Cost: £15 (£12 if pre-paid on-line before 1 week before event,

Bon Vivant members save £3, click here to join

What’s included: A commentary by a qualified City of Westminster guide with like-minded London enthusiasts, a map and list of links of the places mentioned on the tour.

For all Tastour award-winning events, pre-booking early on is advised due to high demand.


‘Great day out!  I thought I knew a lot about London, but the excellent, knowledgeable guide proved me wrong.  It was a good mix of enjoyable people, learning about places I’ve already been and discovering a few hidden gems. Providing the map and links was a real bonus’ Tastourian, Janet


About Tastour:

Tastour, the UK’s Wine Educator of the Year* provides award-winning food and drink experiences for Londoners who are interested in sampling high quality gastronomic treats.  With a diverse range of events, priced from £5, there is really something for everyone – from epicurean tastings and exclusive dinners, to day trips and social networking nights.  The events encourage lively debate about scrumptious food and drink sampling, making it easy to join a ready-made group of friends to laugh, taste and exchange tips with. You can you bring a date, your mates, or come along on your own.  We also host corporate events and private parties.

* Awarded by the International Wine Challenge 2010

To buy tickets or for more information about Tastour and our award-winning weekly epicurean events and private parties visit or phone[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Clear and fascinating presentation. Excellent guide!!

    July 14, 2013

  • Ilkay

    Been trying to find the group and texted phone number but no cigar. I seem to have missed out this round :(

    July 13, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hi, sorry this event is sold out. It's important to keep the numbers low so that everyone hears the guide and is comfortable on the walk, especially in the heat. Next one is in Aug and is Islington. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.

    July 13, 2013

  • Kelly

    One ticket left!

    July 12, 2013

    • Rene G.

      Just a bit too late :-( Could you please let me know if someone drops out. Thanks.

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry but I need to pull out of this one!

    July 12, 2013

  • John S

    Sorry can't make it. By the way the area is St James's with an apostrophe. John S

    July 8, 2013

  • John S

    To all concerned. The area is called St James's and NOT St James.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kellly, Sorry I can no longer make this date - enjoy and hope to see you on a meet-up soon!

    July 5, 2013

  • Kelly


    Just a quick post, as a see a few new faces signed up. For our events, you need to pay to reserve your space. Meaning that rsvping on meetup, doesn't hold your spot. There are 6 tickets left for the St. James walk - here's the link to pay:



    July 5, 2013

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