Greater London, United Kingdom

Bards and Bawds in Southwark

with John D.

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John D.
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During the Middle Ages, Southwark was outside of the City of London and lawless! It hosted an annual fair but was London’s ‘Red Light’ district of the day, Bankside was renowned for its theatres, inns, brothels, bear baiting pits and pleasure Gardens. We start by hearing the real story behind Charles Dickens “Little Dorrit” then see the site of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre. We then later walk along the riverside to see the remains of a Palace, a 15th century inn used by smugglers, a historic prison plus much more. If no service there is the additional option of visiting Southwark Cathedral. For many years London Bridge was the only bridge across the Thames and meant Borough High Street was the only route South from the City and used by the Pilgrim Father’s to Canterbury and many others to Dover etc. Along the road were several coaching inns and we visit the last remaining and hear some interesting stories of others plus much more on this walk into the past.

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John D.

Born in London, I have lived and spent all of my working life in London so I feel I have the knowledge and experience to give historic guided tours. A retired quantity surveyor, I started giving my tours to colleagues at work about six years ago and clients grew by word of mouth. I was then a guide for Trips4Real getting regular bookings until they were bought out by Airbnb and also a guide with Bubble Globe until they reduced their cities of operations to France only. I am passionate about London’s history and the people who played a major role in that history from Samuels Pepys, Charles Dickens to Jack the Ripper. On my walks I take you on a journey through time from Roman remains, hidden Dickensian alleyways to a Bangladesh Street market of today. Full profile Leave a Review


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