This is a tour that shows you what the reality was of being an Edwardian domestic servant in a big house. We can’t show you Highclere Castle, the house used in Downton because that’s out in Berkshire, but we can certainly show you the great houses of London’s most exclusive 18th & 19th century addresses, where the upper and upper middle classes and their servants lived. You also see locations used in Downtown and Upstairs Downstairs (and other TV series such as Mr Selfridge), including the houses used as Grantham House & Buckingham Palace in Downton, and the Belgravia house that was where Upstairs Downstairs was set. We also see the present day’s most exclusive addresses where Russian oligarchs, celebrities and ‘pashmina princesses’ still have “the help” wait on them hand and foot. And you see a place where an American heiress was married to an English lord, which gave Julian Fellowes the idea for Downton. And we bring along lots of photographs of Edwardian servants at work.
Start Victoria station
Finish Charing Cross underground station
Shorter walk alternative – finish Green Park underground station