Piccadilly Line

Green Park to Covent Garden, featuring a cricket bat and Sherlock Holmes

This walk unearths the secrets of some of London's most famous streets, buildings and spaces:

Why are there no flowerbeds in Green Park?

Where did Queen Victoria go when she didn't want to be noticed?

How did Michael Portillo escape from the paparazzi?

Which American President had a wife with the middle name ‘Kermit'?

What did Kenneth Williams have in common with Sherlock Holmes?

How did an 18th century resident of Covent Garden blow himself up simply because his wife hadn't cooked his dinner?

The answers to all these questions and many more will be revealed as we walk the Piccadilly Line ...

There's no need to pre-book - just turn up. Meet by the statue of Diana (Goddess of the Hunt, not the other one), in Green Park. This is immediately outside the exit from Green Park Tube station marked ‘Green Park/Buckingham Palace'.


London Bus

A London double decker bus can lean further from the vertical without falling over than a human can. What a great way of learning about centres of gravity. The reason a Routemaster can lean so far is that there's a great long strip of pig-iron welded to its base, keeping you top-deckers safe as you go round corners. If you want reassuring photographic evidence, click here