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Bermondsey: Ancient and Modern - guided walk
Sat 22 April 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 BST
Hugging the south shore of the Thames, Bermondsey is connected intimately with London's riverside histories - shipping, seamen and their families, wharfs, warehouses and distribution. Also, with brewing and manufacturing - the area became a major centre for production of baked goods including ship's biscuits, sweet biscuits, even dog-biscuits - as well as stinky industries, such as leather tanning.
Bermondsey Abbey became a major Cluniac monastery in the 11th century and the Knights Templar were thereabouts too, their name living on in corrupted form in a local street. For a while, the area achieved fame as a spa, although by the 19th century it was such a notorious slum that Charles Dickens used it as the locale of nefarious villain Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist.
London's first railway bisected the area and London Bridge station is undergoing a major revamp to cater for population and commercial growth in what is now seen as an increasingly desirable central neighbourhood. Its fashionable vibe is reflected in new specialities - food markets, coffee roasters, eateries, antiques and gin distilleries, for instance.
Come along on a tour that will share the sights, the sounds, the feel and the tang (but hopefully, gloss over the medieval smells) of this fascinating district.
Start in front of City Hall. Nearest Tube - London Bridge.