On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and trade that City dwellers wanted but were not permitted within the boundaries of the City. You will visit ancient inns, churches, hospitals, markets and prisons, covering nearly 2,000 years of London history. The walk ends at the massive former Bankside Power Station, now converted into one of London's top tourist attractions - the Tate Modern Art Gallery.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - read by Rebecca Dittman. Courtesy of Librivox.
The Sir Christopher Wren Monument, St Magnus Martyr Church, Tower Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, The George Inn, The Shard, The Golden Hind, Clink Prison Museum, Globe Theatre, Tate Modern Art Gallery.
The walk starts just outside Monument Undedrground Station which is on the Circle and District Line. Take the Monument exit from the station.
Places to stop along the way:
Food and drink are available at the Mudlark pub, the George Inn, the Anchor Inn, and the Globe Theatre restaurant as well as numerous bars and cafes along the South Bank.
Any of the major landmarks mentioned can be visited, but check opening times.
Best time of day:
This walk is enjoyable any time of day, including evenings. However if you want to go inside any of the attractions, you should check their opening times.
Be careful about pickpockets anywhere in London.
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