Experience the decadent life in St. James
Live is the app that lets you connect with private and certified guides – for the curious traveler. With our guides, you can discover the hidden gems of different countries and cities. One of our guides in London is Vania Gay.
Vania moved from Brazil to London in 1989 and fell head over heels in love with the British metropolis. She offers guided tours throughout London and takes us through ancient wealth, the former palaces of kings and queens and many more hidden treasures.
Experience the luxury of the 19th century
One of Vania’s best kept secrets in London is the district of St. James’s. The area was at its peak of glory in the 19th century when the ladies, lords, politicians and dandies of the time, lived and mingled. This evolved into a district known for exclusive clubs, luxury shops and lavish hotels.
The “Gentlemen’s Clubs” arose at the end of the 19th century and reflected the luxury and decadence of the upper middle class of the time. Vania will give you an insight into this unique part of London’s history.
– I will give you a flavour of London’s exclusive and quirky stores. Taste cheese from the oldest cheese store in Britain, savour wine at the celebrated Berry Bros & Rudd and immerse your senses in London’s oldest perfumery.
– And, if you haven’t yet tried, you must eat a “scone” with cream and jam! Or is it jam and cream?
There is also plenty of royal history in the walls of the buildings around St.James’s. The area is named after a palace built by King Henry VIII and it has been a favourite place of the Royals for many centuries.
Vania can also take you through the 1000 year old journey about royalty, power and intrigues in Westminster, or take you through the vibrant and posh district of Chelsea.
If touring the historic financial district, there is however a place she likes to take her guests.
– The visitors to London are always in awe of the views from the Millenium Bridge. But they are even more amazed when I show them the Ben Wilsons gum-art, which is a humorous twist on thumbnails in the city space.
Vania’s tailor made experiences covers different parts of the city. Are you on the lookout for more insider tips, she has guaranteed several in stock.
How to discover more secrets
At Live we cooperate with the British Blue Badge Guides. Each guide has undergone an extensive 2-year training program, and are considered the best qualified guides in the UK. They are the only ones who are allowed to guide at famous landmarks such as the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Vania is a certified Blue Badge Guide.
– Certified guides knows the places they guide, and they often have more extensive knowledge that what you can read about online. We are updated on events, exhibits, and know how to get around in the city. Most importantly, we have the human touch. We share local knowledge with a humorous touch in all of our guided tours, she explains.
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