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The Chapel of Thomas Guy

Guy's Hospital Courtyard

St Thomas Street

London

SE1 9RG

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Booze and the Borough

Photo © 2016 Malcolm Johnston – Outside The Market Porter Pub

O for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth.

John Keats knew how to appreciate his wine. It is with his words that we begin an exploration of the story of booze and the Borough. We enter a time of coaches, travellers clutching to their roofs, erupting from inn yards at first light. Hop factors and warehouses evoke laden wagons arriving from Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

This tour tells of a graduate with a van and a love for wine, of London’s largest brewery, and of a very dangerous umbrella. It celebrates the grain and the grape, and trade both in times past and today.

PLEASE NOTE: this tour may present access issues - please contact the guide before booking if you have access requirements so that they can be accommodated.

Guide tel: 07982 132231: please contact me on this number if booking has closed.

Meet outside the Chapel of Thomas Guy in the courtyard of Guy's Hospital, St Thomas Street. The walk will take approximately 2 hours, and finishes by the Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge Underground Station.

For information on travel, please use Transport for London's Journey Planner.

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