Pleasure, Pain and Pubs – in Bankside

  • Historical Walking Tour

  • 200 GBP - Private Group Price

  • 2,5 Hours Duration

  • Your Private Guide: Mark King

  • Guide Language: English

Discover some of the positive (and sometimes less positive) realities associated with living - and dying - on this southern side of the river Thames during its highly colourful past. This 'historic pub crawl' includes a couple of stops in Bankside's fine pubs to keep us refreshed!

The Bankside neighbourhood in Southwark's riverside is regaining its historic reputation as one of London's most vibrant entertainment and residential districts. On this tour through a thousand years of London's southern shore, we'll explore landmarks including Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Borough Market and 'The Shard'. We'll also enjoy great views across the Thames to the ever-evolving City skyline including St Paul's Cathedral and contemporary landmarks such as the Gherkin, the Cheese-Grater, the Scalpel and the 'Fry-Scraper' (also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie').

Be ready to encounter bearded Viking invaders, 'The Bard of Avon', 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 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 brought in 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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