There are many parts of London which the visitor would be unlikely to see, but have fascinating history and heritage. Separated by the Thames, south London is often ignored. From Borough market and Bermondsey, through Camberwell, Dulwich, Elephant, to Kennington, Lambeth and Shadwell, and up to Vauxhall and Waterloo, south London has much to offer the visitor. There is a series of walks in South London, please get in touch for more details.
Rotherhithe has always has close trading links with Scandanavia. There are three churches within this small area, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish. We can see two of them. There has been a Norwegian church in London since the late 17th century. The current church building, St Olav's, was consecrated in 1927, on a foundation stone laid the previous year by Prince Olav who would become King Olav V of Norway. Another king, Haakon VII and the Norwegian government in exile regularly
Oxford, City of Dreaming spires, is not only s place of education but a striking city with a combination of modern and medieval (500 year old) buildings. It's easy to spend a day in Oxford alone, many of the colleges allow visitors, but equally fun to explore the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty characterised by the local honey coloured oolitic limestone and beautiful villages.
London is full of literary characters. We can explore the city of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare or Charles Dickens. We can see where the Bloomsbury group were based, not to mention Jane Austen or Dorothy Sayers. We can explore the City of Sherlock Holmes, Shardlake or Harry Potter.
The Clink was a prison in Southwark, which operated from the 1144 until 1780. It was possibly the oldest men's prison and probably the oldest women's prison in England. The prison served as the private gaol of an area owned by the Bishop of Winchester. It held a variety of offenders: debtors, heretics, drunks and harlots, catholics accused of attempting to overhrow the crown, and most importantly to us, Protestant Separatists. Religeous prisons were treated worse than all ot
There are pubs in London dating back to the 1500's. No one can agree on the oldest pub. Is it the date that the current building was built or the site itself? What if it wasn't originally a pub, built for another purpose? Planning regulations have not always been around, people in the past thought nothing of tearing down a 16th century pub and rebuilding it. There are buildings that became pubs later in their lives and pubs that stopped being pubs, and became pubs again later
In 1577, Francis Drake and his crew set sail from Plymouth aiming to be the first Englishmen to sail aound the world. At that time the Spanish, led by Phillip II, had been plotting to removed the English Queen Elizabeth I from the thrown in favour of her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots. Spain had established territories in South America and built a strong navy to protect their nations lucrative trade routes. The Queen saw this as a threat her and England, and signed a royal cha
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. One of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, America and Holland. Commemoration events are being organised in eleven key locations across England, the events and cultural program will tell the stories of the ship, the Pilgrims and their journey. Heritage and Arts have been asked by Southwark Council to provide the Rotherhithe and Bankside walking tours a
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century. The present market, located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge, is a successor to one that originally adjoined the end of London Bridge. It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market
The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare, on the south bank of the River Thames. The new building stands only a few hundred yards from the original site. The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The rebuilding of the iconic building stems from the founding of the Shakespeare's Globe Trust by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanama