Pleasure, Pain and Pubs – in Bankside

  • Historical Walking Tour

  • 200 GBP (private group price)

  • 2,5 hours

  • Your Private Guide: Mark King

  • Guide Language: English

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 Bankside's fine pubs will keep us refreshed!

The Bankside area of Southwark's riverside 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'. We'll also enjoy great views across the Thames to the City skyline including landmarks as ‘fry-scraper’ and the ‘Walkie-Talkie’. 

Be ready to 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 near the Thames and hops from Kent.

NB – drinks in pubs are at your own expense. This walk is not suitable for children.

Read more about your guide: Mark King

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