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Tour 12 Knightsbridge

Take the C1 bus or tube from Victoria Station to Knightsbridge which has some of the highest property prices in the world and is home to some of the world's richest people. It’s historic Churches draw rich and poor alike to well supported musical traditions. The national museums which have free access are a great draw to people.  This tour starts outside Harrods store and proceeds to the Brompton Oratory, Holy Trinity, Brompton and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Ennismore Gardens. It returns to Harrods via the statue of Shackleton, the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.
Brompton Oratory

The neo-classical London Oratory has association with Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) whose statue stands facing the street. Cardinal Newman founded the English society of secular clergy or Congregation of the Oratory after the model of St Philip Neri. With its vibrant traditionalism and splendid choir Brompton Oratory is known internationally as custodi…

Tour 11 Kensington Gardens

Take a 52 bus from Victoria station to Kensington Palace at the east of Kensington Gardens which lie beyond Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James's Park, four vast parks bringing oxygen to both body and spirit as central London’s fine green ‘lung’. Tour 11 starts from the Palace Gates, heads to the statue of Queen Victoria, the Sunken Gardens behind and across Kensington Gardens to the Italian Water Gardens. From there it heads south via the statue of Peter Pan and Physical Energy statue to the Albert Memorial and Albert Hall returning via the Round Pond to the 52 Palace bus stop.

Queen Victoria

It was Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise who designed the white marble statue of her mother in coronation robes adjacent to the Palace where she was born in 1819 and from where she acceded to the throne in 1837 at the age of 18. Victoria had sad memories of the Palace with the early death of her father and the strict regime imposed on her there by Sir John Conroy, her mother's domi…