London's Neighborhoods: Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair & Beyond

Get to know London’s most intriguing neighborhoods like a local as you embark on an inspiring walking adventure in Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair and Camden Town.
Program No. 23975RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

One of the oldest and most dynamic cities in the world, London’s historic neighborhoods, posh districts and convenient public transportation make it the ultimate city to explore on foot. Get a local’s view of England’s capital as you join an expert Study Leader for walks through some of London’s most fascinating neighborhoods, including Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair and Richmond. Explore the colorful, artistic markets of Camden Town and ride a narrowboat along Regent’s Canal to explore Little Venice. Learn about the works of poet John Keats at his home in Hampstead, admire the collections of the National Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum, and thrill in the landscapes of Kew Gardens — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 3-4 miles daily over varied terrain, cobblestones; getting on/off trains, buses and boats.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture to the home of Romantic poet John Keats in Hampstead and walk to Kenwood House, a British stately home with 112 acres of parkland, to admire and explore its beautiful landscapes.
  • Discover the architecture and busy marketplaces of the posh Mayfair and busy Piccadilly districts, then journey to Trafalgar Square to spend an afternoon discovering the masterpieces of the National Gallery.
  • Join your study leader for an exploration of the Victoria & Albert Museum in Albertopolis, then board a motorcoach for Chelsea where you’ll learn about London’s culture in the 1960s.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The English Garden. A Social History
by Charles Quest-Ritson
Scholarly text, but very readable
The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern
by Robert Morrison
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Palaces of Power: The Birth and Evolution of London's Clubland
by Stephen Hoare
Britain in Old Photographs: Kensington and Chelsea
by Barbara Denny & Carolyn Starren
London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
London: A History in Maps
by Peter Barber
A Short History of England
by Simon Jenkins
The definitive concise account of a nation's remarkable past
A Great and Monstrous Thing: London in the Eighteenth Century
by Jerry White

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