1851 Great Exhibition, Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Hyde Park Italian Gardens, Mozart as a child, SAS siege, the Crystal Palce, V&A Cafe
You start this walk by making your way into the most beautiful section of Hyde Park, to see the Italian Gardens, a memorial to a famous Victorian explorer, the Round Pond & get a view of Kensington Palace. Then it all goes very Prince Albert, with his huge memorial, the Albert Hall and the site of the Great Exhibition (the Crystal Palace) which he helped organise. Then you see where the SAS ended a famous siege, before heading past the beautiful Kensington museums. And if you fancy a break, stop for a cuppa in what must be the world’s most beautiful museum cafe. Then there’s an extraordinary site – the thinnest house in London (or anywhere probably!) and it’s a tall building which makes it look even stranger, and you hear the bizarre history of how it came about. A charming crescent takes you into Chelsea to see the gorgeous Edwardian buildings which once housed the first motor car showrooms and workshops.
Then it’s time to realise why this walk is called ‘cosmopolitan’. You see a lovely array of Dutch influence houses (you could be in Amsterdam), an ex mansion that’s now an art gallery, a hidden away little old Spanish chapel and the house where Mozart lived (and dashed off his first symphony aged 8!).
Start Lancaster tube station
Finish Sloane Square tube station
Shorter walk – a more direct route but the same start and finish points