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Jermyn Street tour – a Friday afternoon well-spent

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Jay Dowle, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Jay Dowle

    Jay Dowle Active Member

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    I’ve had my hair cut at Trumpers in Jermyn Street for years and frequently browse or buy – usually the former – at the shops there, visit St James’ Church and the adjacent market and coffee shop. It’s probably my favorite London street and I thought I knew a lot about it until Friday when a chance correspondence with a newspaper columnist led to me being invited on her Jermyn Street London Walk.

    As well as a behind-the-scenes look at a bespoke shirtmaker and shoemaker I learned much about the origins of Floris, Fortnum and Mason, Daks (and its connection with Simpsons), the Turkish baths and hotels that used to be in the street, its gay and libertine past, its role in the restoration court of England, the Beau Brummell statue, and the street’s association with famous and infamous characters – Ian Fleming, Aleister Crowley, Brummell, Rock Hudson, Rosa Lewis of the Cavendish Hotel – aka Evelyn Waugh’s Lotti Crump in Vile Bodies – among many others. The owners/staff of Jermyn Street’s sculpture gallery and its old masters picture gallery were inviting, interesting and informative.

    So this is an unashamed plug for the two-hour walk – run every Friday by Dr Cindy Lawford, archivist of the Jermyn Street Theatre (http://www.cindylawford.co.uk/jermyn-street-experience/). She’s (surprisingly) originally from Texas, a witty and knowledgeable guide, and clearly quite devoted to this wonderful street and its rich past.

    Here’s a picture of me with Beau Brummell on the tour. I’m on the left.

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