Oscar Wilde walk: dawdle and take your time, navigating neighbourhoods thick with secret histories.

A literary walk through London’s Mayfair


Londoner Juliet Kinsman follows in the footsteps of a literary hero – from the West End to Hyde Park


Mayfair is at the heart of London, with stories on every corner – often involving Oscar Wilde, the Victorian literary sensation. ‘The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not walk,’ he once said, but you can do both on a self-guided tour of central London that will take you from Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London – opening soon in Hanover Square – to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London in under 30 minutes.

It may have been 170 years since the playwright, poet and bon viveur was born, but his influence and inspiration are still felt in this distinguished capital. Indeed, one of the most talked-about theatre shows right now is The Picture of Dorian Gray, starring Succession’s Sarah Sook, which runs until 11 May.

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