Classic Sights and Hidden Histories
Green Park Underground Station
Hello, and welcome to this tour of London's most famous sights. You should be standing next to Green Park Underground Station, in front of some ornamented gates to a park.
Today, you'll get to know the true stories behind some of London’s most iconic buildings, as well as the people who built them and use them.
I'm sure you've seen many of them before, but you may not be familiar with their hidden histories.
As a lifelong Londoner, born and bred, I’m excited to share stories about the city I grew up in, one that has a history stretching back many thousands of years. We’re going to look at a trio of palaces, examine squares, towers and bunkers and hear stories of unlucky-in-love royalty, wartime leaders and tragic heroism.
Our route takes us through the very centre of London, almost literally, so we will be crossing busy roads. Please be careful and look both ways, for cars and cyclists.
Let's get started. Walk through the gates to the park that are next to the Ritz Hotel. Then continue down the straight path ahead of you.
I'll tell you how this will work as you move. You can put your phone away and just listen to my directions. It's not necessary to look at the map unless you're really stuck. Silence now and then is normal, just keep going in the same direction.