The Gilded Age in London

The Gilded Age in London

After the American Civil War, the US economy grew at lightning speed. The so-called robber baron families built vast fortunes from monopolies in steel (Carnegies), oil (Rockefellers), railways (Vanderbilts) and real estate (Astors). Mark Twain called these unprecedented times The Gilded Age.

The Gilded Age in London

 

After the American Civil War, the US economy grew at lightning speed. The so-called robber baron families built vast fortunes from monopolies in steel (Carnegies), oil (Rockefellers), railways (Vanderbilts) and real estate (Astors). Mark Twain called these unprecedented times The Gilded Age.

 

Meet a Blue Badge Tour Guide for morning refreshments (included) in Trafalgar Square before exploring a story-rich enclave of The Gilded Age running between Pall Mall and St James’s Park. This is a tale of money, mansions and scandal. On the cusp of Victorian and Edwardian London American Dollar Princesses, who had everything they wanted, except invites to the nicest parties, crossed the Atlantic husband hunting for a cash strapped Duke or Earl. It was a game of keeping up with the Astors. We are on foot, on the flat, away from noisy streets and cover a distance of some 1500 yards.

 

For lunch there is free time in fascinating St James’s, just off Piccadilly, with pubs and cafés that won’t break the bank and window shopping to die for.

 

In the afternoon we visit Spencer House,  London’s most magnificent 18th century aristocratic private palace. During the Gilded Age the house was let to the 9th Duke of Marlborough, chatelaine of Blenheim Palace, and his Dollar Princess wife Consuela Vanderbilt. The lavishly furnished state rooms have been beautifully restored by the Rothschild family.

 

Sunday 6 October 2019

 

£52.00 per person

 

Pick up route C - see pick up tab

 

Includes:

Morning Coffee and Biscuits

Blue Badge Guided Tour

Entrance to Spencer House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Name Address Contact Details Times
BISHOPS STD ADDERLEY RD BISHOP'S STD - Adderley Road - Bus Stop R
Riverside Bus Stop By Snap Fitness/Sainsburys
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Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
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Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
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Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
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Royston Melbourn Rd N ROYSTON Green St Bus stop
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Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
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Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
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Stansted Mountfit Har S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (BP Petrol Station)
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