Hidden Gems London Walking Tour

Hidden Gems London Walking Tour


Hello and welcome to the first of my taailored Joolz Guides London walks over the next few weeks I’ll be suggesting a few routes that you can take and selecting some of my favourite videos that can explain some of the fun stuff to see along the way This week why not take a walk around St James’s Palace From Green Park Station make your way up Piccadilly and then turn right onto St James Street Pickering Place…This is really nice actually, I really like it in here This is apparently the smallest public open space in London Whatever that means Famously it’s supposed to be the last place that a public duel was fought Was this the last place a duel was fought in London? Oh really? These are the original gas lamps from the period . It’s about the last place in London where you can find them I think they’ve got some over there as well near St James’ Palace I can just imagine, it’s a perfect place for someone to take offence at someone’s indiscretion and challenge them to a duel out in the courtyard here This is the original wood panelling from the 18th century you can see something quite interesting on the wall Texas in America used to be a republic . and they used to have a Texas legation here which was like an embassy between the years of 1842 and 1845 they actually had their legation here in Berry Brothers and Rudd which is the famous old wine shop nextdoor interestingly one of the oldes twine shops in the world I want the finest wines known to humanity I want them here and I want them now and by lucky hap t’is just a couple of steps to Berry Brothers and Rudd one of the oldest wine shops in the world apparently we are the oldest wine merchant in the UK still a family owned and family run business in 1698 Berry Brothers was known as the coffee mill to know your weigh was a sign of well being and something very fashionable so at Berry Brothers instead of getting rid of the scale we did insert a seat and offer the service to weigh our customers from 1765 this is what we are doing for example George, from 1826 he was weighed with boots a coat, a hat We had the Agha Khan, Lord Byron, a french king on exile from France this telegram was sent on the 16th of April 1912 to let us know that the Titanic had collided with an iceberg There are no mentions of the 1000s of passengers who lost their lives The only thing : we had 69 cases on board Down we go into the depths When we have an important cutomer or charity dinner we have permision to use house reserve stock We have some 1870 Ponte Canet, 1919..1899.. It’s very kind of you but I couldn’t drink before 12 o’clock I assume the queen buys her wine here . absolutely yes, the prince of wales too Napoleon iii in 1852 was in exile from France was a very close friend of the Berrys who gave permission to host his private meetings I quite fancy a drink after all that…..Drink? Yes please… So just around the corner from St James Palace is Pall Mall and this is where all the gentlemen’s clubs are and a gentleman, as Oscar Wilde said, is someone who is never rude unintentionally Number 79 if we can just stop here it’s the only house on the whole street that doesn’t belong to the queen Nell Gynn was the mistress of King Charles ii . and she wanted a house near the palace so he gave her this one but when she discovered that she only owned a lease on it and didn’t own it outright she went mental and she said that unless he gives her the freehold she’s off She wouldn’t accept this house until it was conveyed free to her by an act of parliament from then on it just got passed down through the family This is the street weher the suffragettes came marching down when they were trying to get the votes for women and of course none of the men took any notice of them until they started smashing the windows of their clubs and they said this is disgraceful, we’ll have to do something about this It’s getting dark now so the gas lamps should be coming on near ST James Palace They’re mostly lit electronically now but there are a few people from the gas board who come around and have to maintain them if you get close to them you can smell gas if you look on them it says when they were installed this one was in the reign of George iv and on some of them you can still see the round timer mechanism these are excellent there’s loads of them all over st james park, westminster and buckingham palace it really gives you a good dickensian feeling actually the first gas lamps were invented by a German called Albert Windsor around 1807 he put coal in an air tight container and then heated it up and then gas would shoot up through hollow posts and you could light them like a big bunsen burner the pressure was often too much so the only thing he could think of to string them together was gun barrels so he strung a whole load of them along the mall and people actually got very scared when they first encountered them so they never really took off perhaps his approach was slighty wrong That is the grand old duke of york as in The grand old duke of york, he had ten thousand men and as I march you up to the top of the hill, Simon, I’mnot going to march you down again Frederick the duke of York who was the second sone of the mad King George iii He was the commander in chief of the British army during the Napoleonic wars and his brother, George, wanted a monument made to him but unfortunately nobody liked him he was quite famous for lounging around and getting into debt no one wanted to pay for the monument so without consulting Parliament the decided to dock the wages of every soldier in the british army in order to finance the building of this monument which, as you can imagine, didn’t go down very well so they put him all the way up there so far up there so that he could escape his debtors and also so that nobody would have to put up with the smell of the stinky duke Just a stone’s throw from here there’s quite an interesting thing One of the many clubs around here is the Athenaeum the Duke of Wellington was a member here and you see this funny block here on the ground he didn’t want to have to jump to the ground off his horse every time he attended his club so he had this block installed so he could dismount in a rather graceful manner actually I’ve heard it told that the duke of wellington was the first person credited with having worn trousers He was actually ejected from this club for doing so are you going in? No I’m goingt o the RAC Oh, ok….. oohhhh, Athenaeum not good enough for him!! He in Waterloo PLace is a rather interesting little spot . Just over here at the bottome of this tree next to number 9 Carlton House Terrace which used to be the German Embassy there’s a little really cute grave stone it’s the dog, he’s called Giro he belonged to the German ambassador Back in 1934 when the German embassy was next door he had this dog and it unfortunately chewed through some electrical cables in the garden and was electrocuted SO he was buried here so that’s a Nazi dog you don’t have to say it in such a way ! It’s not the dog’s fault! It’s actually a bit unfair that it’s known as the Nazi dog memorial because the ambassador Leopold Von Hoesch wasn’t really a NAzi I mean he was already the ambassador when the nazis came to power and he actually strongly objected to their activities In fact he was so outspoken against the Nazis that they couldn’t wait to get rid of him Leopold von hoesch was actually very popular among the British and when he died one of the oddest sights was his funeral in which his coffin was draped in a swastika flag and taken down these very steps past Buckingham palace on a gun carriage with a proper miltary escort all the way to Dover and then taken over to Dresden where none of the Nazi party attended his funeral, which is rather sad inside,Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect was responsible for quite a lot of the design of the inside and Mussolini donated some marble actually they tried to get rid of most of the swastikas but I believe there is still a border of swastikas around one of the floors inside there ein treuer begleiter I think it means a trusty companion or something like that. So because this admiralty arch you’ve got all these beautiful little boats on top of the lampposts that’s why captain Cook’s over there of course In 1905 they decided to build admiralty arch and they ran into a few problems because there were a couple of old ladies who used to bring their cow along here and you could buy a glass of milk off these two old ladies anyway, the council send down a couple of burly fellows to boot them out and there was a big uproar. Everyone said “Wait a minute we like those ladies there selling milk from the cow’s udder and eventually King Edward vii stepped in and said Wait a minute , Iike those two old ladies. I remember using them when I was a boy and then they carried on until their dying day which probably wasn’t very long afterwards I should think This building over here used to be part of the ministry of defence During the war they had to discguide it so they grew a lawn on top of the roof The lawn’s still on the roof If you look around the other side there’s all this ivy that used to go all the way around it so that the bombers couldn’t see it from the air Thanks for watching, I hope you’ve enjoyed your guided walk around st James palace If you have there’ll be loads more guded walks coming up over the next few weeks and if you like my videos Please hit the subscribe button I’ve got loads more videos about London on my channel and if you fancy a drink after your walk why not check out one of my play lists about London’s most interesting bars and pubs

61 thoughts on “Hidden Gems London Walking Tour

  1. wondering about the cheapest and dearest prices of the wine in that shop! great video as always Joolz!

  2. I love your trend of making a bit longer videos! Very enjoyable to watch. Looking forward to my next London trip!

  3. There for my birthday next week, particularly Blackfriars and Temple. You are very good btw have you thought of doing film location videos

  4. What an informative and professionally made video! Definitely going to check out these places when I revisit London in Nov! Love your charming British accent btw! 🙂

  5. I've learned a lot about London from your videos so I subscribed! Keep doing more, they're so fun to watch and very interesting! I went to London once and going there again this July. Looking forward to my next visit with all these new knowledge 🙂

  6. I wish I had watched this video while I was walking around this area a few months ago. I was a little lost and came out of the Cavalry grounds and walked around but had no idea what that arch was, and I thought the Duke of York tower was the Admiral Nelson tower in Trafalgar square

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  8. Hi dear sir, I really admire your work, I'll be in London for 10 hours next Thursday, so any recommendations?

  9. Two ladies who used to bring a cow and sell fresh milk, allowed to continue, due to public demand, and intervention by the King, lol Sod the Admiralty, two ladies wish to sell milk from a cow, let'em. Hence why Leopold von Hoesch a dog lover, didn't like the Nazis, and was a friend of Britain. Top Man?

  10. If you're in that area, visit Christie's auction house at 8 King Street. It's free to go in and see all the art, jewelry and whatever else is on display before upcoming auctions. As a prospective buyer, you can request to hold & examine items up close, so just ask the staff to bring anything out of the display case that interests you. It might be your only chance to hold jewelry worth millions of pounds!

  11. This guy is truly a genius! We were in London a few weeks ago with my wife and daughter, and Joolz guided us around beautiful places telling us stories and details of every single corner we've visited. It was a delightful tour! Thanks Joolz!

  12. With such a long history, London has a good story on every corner ad Julian McDonnell seems to know it all. A lot of people try to video a tour but Joolz Guides is head and shoulders above. Anyone can tell you what sights to see, Joolz tells you why.

  13. You're right, I'm sorry. I'm Carlos, my wife is Carolina and my daughter is Martina. She told me she sent you some pictures.
    Thanks again!

  14. So glad I found you, Joolz! This Anglophile in America just can’t get enough of your videos, and London, my favorite city. ❤️ Thank you!

  15. Absolutely love your fascinating tours of London. Do you plan to put a video every week. If so, where's this weeks? I'm missing my dose of jools guide

  16. Love your vids, Joolz — and btw at 9:00 you are nearly right. "Mein treuer Begleiter" does indeed mean "My faithful companion" in German, so you were quite close. I hope to visit London someday soon and will do my best to look you up and book a tour. Cheers 'til then …

  17. I just came back from my London tour trip. Believe me Julian, your youtubes of London were very helpful in learning about the tourist attractions in London especially for solo traveler like me. Thanks Julian.

  18. Hi Joolz, I had thought, it doesn't happen often but this one seem interesting! How about a tour of London locations on a UK monopoly board? I'd definitely follow that content ……Phil

  19. I think you're being a bit hard on Frederick Duke of York, although a disastrous field commander, made one of the best military reformers of his generation.

    Stopping the pay of common soldiers to build his column…Haha!

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  21. we were in London last April and made a point of visiting Berry Bros and Rudd. The old part of the shop has become something of a museum with one employee to show you the Titanic letter, the scale etc. The cheapest wine you can get there is known as G.O.C. ( Good Ordinary Claret) It actually quiet good.

  22. I know it’s not original content (sorry ages behind in my viewing) but the map and putting it all together makes this amazing

  23. Does annoy me when everyone thinks all Germans (and it would seem German animals) were Nazi's from 1939 – 1945. The ex German embassy still has the only original surviving interior designed by Albert Speer (who was indeed a Nazi)

  24. Ein Treuer Begleiter actually stands for a true companion, or a faithful companion. Basically something quite normal to see on a dog's tombstone.

  25. What a delightful gentleman you are sir. I really enjoy every one of your London videos. I lived in London until I was 9 when we came to Canada in 1957. Your videos bring back many great memories of my old home. Thank you, and I subscribed the other day.

  26. Taxing or withholding wages from the military to build a monument to an idiot? Sounds like Trump to me! In fact only recently, the U.S. Courts have told him he can't take funds form the military for his favorite projects like building walls etc.!

  27. Could you possibly tell me something about Sir Whittle? Apparently he helped invent the jet engine. I believe I'm related to him… cheers

  28. Another brilliant video love it when I get one of your videos suggested very very interested in your knowledge is incredible I love London

  29. Every time I see these videos, I want to start planning my husband's and my first – and last – trip to the UK. Our last because we both agree that if we make it over there, we're never leaving!😊🇬🇧

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