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'Pleasure, Pain and Pubs in Bankside' - guided tour with pub stops
Wed 19 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 BST
Discover some of the historic and contemporary pleasures and pain associated with living - and dying - on this southern side of the Thames. A couple of stops in the area's fine pubs will keep us refreshed!
The Bankside area of Southwark is regaining its historic reputation as one of London’s most vibrant entertainment districts. On this tour through a thousand years of London’s southern shore, we’ll pass landmarks including Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, Borough Market and The Shard, and enjoy great views across the Thames to the City skyline including that landmark ‘fry-scraper’, the ‘Walkie-Talkie’.
We’ll encounter bearded Viking invaders, The Bard, bear-baiting, bawdy ‘Winchester geese’, bad men, and the saintly Octavia Hill. The cast of characters includes dodgy bishops, writers Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer, buccaneering sea-captain Sir Francis Drake, the founder of Harvard University, globe-trotting director Sam Wanamaker and press baron Rupert Murdoch. Which are 'pleasures', which are a 'pain'? You'll be the judge!
Stopping for a drink or two in a couple of the area’s fine pubs, we’ll also find out about the area’s historic role as a centre of beer-brewing thanks to water from the Thames and hops from Kent.
NB – drinks in pubs are at your own expense. This walk is not suitable for children.
[Cross Bones Graveyard, Southwark]