P&O used to own Nel Gwynne’s old house, gifted to her by the King. With so much press currently bouncing over recent Royal Affairs we are reminded that such dalliances are far from new. The left hand side boxes of the Drury Lane theatre are called the Kings Side, and the right hand side boxes are called the Princes Side, the theatre was nick named the King’s Playhouse because it is where they went to play. As rumour would have it, with actresses, as history reveals, that has substance. Nel Gwynne being one, but then there are many right up to the glory days of Lillie Langtry. So if you are visiting London, you might decide to do a tour of dalliances, starting at Buckingham Palace itself. On the same film from us is Clarence House where so many have lived including Lady Di. Prince Charles now lives there with Camilla Parker Bowles. Many years ago King William IV lived there and he is alleged to have had an affair with Dorothy Jordan when he was a prince. She was an actress too!
Actress Mary Robinson was just one of George IV’s affairs. She became an actress through David Garrick, and we show the famous Garrick theatre and tell the story in this film. George IV was not a popular King and we show his statue in Trafalgar Square and credit him with the National Gallery. Alice Keppel was the mistress of Edward VII, it is alleged that when he died she was on one side of the bed and Queen Alexandra was on the other. Camilla Parker Bowles is a descendant of Alice Keppel. It is alleged the King also had affairs with Sarah Bernhardt, Daisy Warwick and Lillie Langtry. The film takes you to London’s oldest restaurant, Rules where the King used to sit and watch the stage door for the actresses leaving. These places can form a great London walk, with a cocktail at the very friendly Rules Restaurant along the way. Tell them Doris Visits sent you as they were kind enough to let us film in there!
Take the Big Bus tour, that is a great which we will get round to filming. Big Bus Tours London
Amongst our other London films we recommend the Canal Boat trip from Little Venice to Camden, and the film on Buckingham Palace, as well as the one on Borough Market. Jean’s London walks on Lillie Langtry and one on Nel Gwynne and the fire of London. If you are new to London, then it might be an idea to take a Big Bus Tours London just to get to know the City, even Londoners find it interesting.