Tour of the month – June French Sundays

I love French art and culture and my training and studies in France to become a guide there mean that I am pretty good at French history. One thing I love is to compare what was going on there with what was happening in England.

For summer 2021 I am doing public walking tours of London. Among my new tours are ones about the French people who lived here. Who they were, where and what did they do?

French connections in St James

Queen Henrietta Maria by Van Dyke public domain

Join me on for an afternoon guided tour of St James. The area is named after St James Palace and that is our first stop. The Queen’s Chapel was originally a Catholic church. Its first worshipper was Henrietta Maria, sister of Louis XIII who married Charles I in 1625. Their marriage did not get off to a good start. Hear more about them on my tour.

In the heart of St James is King Street where Louis Napoleon, a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, lived before returning to France to become its first President. His rise to power was financed by his English mistress. How did they meet? What did he do in England? You’ll find out on this tour.

In C20th St James was the home of Pruniers restaurant, famed for it’s fish and caviar. One of its customers during WWII was Charles de Gaulle. His headquarter and that of the Free French Forces were both in the district.

Tours start at 2pm. Duration 1.5 hours. Price £20 per person

Sunday 6, 13 an 27 June the visit is in English, on 20 June in French

This is an easy walk. We are not going far but there is a lot to see in this smart area of London.  Booking is essential. BOOK HERE

I am more than compliant with government Covid 19 guidelines. I am fully vaccinated. The group size is limited to 11 people so no-one has to raise their voice to be heard. I wear a face visor and take a lateral flow test on the morning of the tour.

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Featured picture is Queens Chapel CC BY SA photo by 2.0 Steve Cadman

About the author: Gail Jones

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