By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: London’s calling us. Our last trip to London was over 15 years ago. We did all the usual touristy things then and now we’d like to try something new, perhaps even stay at a new hotel. Could you give us some ideas on an interesting walking tour and accommodation?

A: Why not retrace your steps along Hitchcock’s London and then plunk your head down in the lap of luxury in one of the newest boutique hotels to hit London town? Some of the memorable sequences from Alfred Hitchcock’s Hollywood movies are brought to life on the streets of London by film historian Sandra Shevey. Ms Shevey, who met Hitchcock in 1972, leads three-hour walking tours to locations used in three of his films: Frenzy, The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Paradine Case.

Held three times weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) all year, the walks must be pre-booked and cost £25, plus a Travelcard is required (£4.90). Shevey says there is a lot of 1930s London still to be seen: while some of the sites visited are landmarks, others are more obscure and are the result of a montage of location, matte effects and studio interiors which she illustrates with set designs and old photographs.

For reservations email e-mail: And after you’re finished with a long day of walking, consider staying at some trendy townhouse hotels. Since the conversion of Regency and Edwardian townhouses into delightful boutique hotels, many tourists are opting for reservations at places like Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, who both specialize in affordable style in town centre locations.

The Southern England city of Winchester, once the country’s capital, was the location for the first Hotel du Vin (four stars, tel. 01962 841414, The elegant Georgian building is still popular with interiors of muted browns and creams.

Others can enjoy the Hotel du Vin where there is an apparently unending wine list, cocktails to die for and a mind-boggling array of cigars.

Malmaison Hotels offer a similarly sleek style. In Yorkshire the three-star Malmaison Leeds (0113 398 1000, is perfectly situated for those who indulge in the city’s favourite pastime – shopping. And if you’re looking to discover England’s exciting northern cities, don’t miss Liverpool, home of the Beatles and chockfull of history.

Hope Street Hotel ( is the city’s first boutique hotel and is ideally located in the cultural quarter surrounded by theatres, restaurants and the renowned concert hall.


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