Southwalk Tales

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Elephant and Castle. One of the most unloved places in London, the Elephant and Castle deserves more than a shuddered glance from from the inside of a car or bus. This is your chance to see why the area inspires such loyalty, and affection in its populace.

Away from the notoriously busy junctions, the Elephant walks to a different rhythm. Georgian terraces, a nightclub that is a global phenomenon, the Cinema Museum, and great coffee courtesy of the thriving Latin American community will remind you what Sunday mornings are all about.

Walworth, Old and New. Discover a series of hidden artists' studio only a few minutes from the centre of London, Bring your cash to enjoy the special Open Studios weekend. Terence Conran raves about it, and Keith Richards came here for a bespoke guitar.

There’s a café or a pub for lunch. Unless you fancy Thai food, in which case, there is a nearby restaurant. In summer the walk ties in with Open Gardens Weekend, so make a day of it and enjoy our green spaces on the edge of the city.

Denmark Hill and Camberwell. Called ‘the Belgravia of South London’ by The Builder magazine, Denmark Hill, once home to John Ruskin, is close to central London and manages to retain a whiff of the countryside away from busily commercial Camberwell Green.

Most of this walk is behind the scenes, The Denmark Hill and Camberwell you might have suspected existed, but had not yet explored. More than one person has consulted the estate agents after finishing this walk. There are pubs galore, including one celebrated for its Sunday lunch, so afterwards why not make a meal of it.

Fair Maids and Philanthropists. This walk was created for Southwark Council to celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s much too good to keep to a once a year slot. It is set in North Southwark, going from Blackfriars Bridge Road to Borough via Bankside. You’ll have heard of some of the women I imagine, but others, no less remarkable, such as Janet Johnson whose pioneering work with children is still having an impact half a century after her death, seem to slipped through the cracks of history.

Come along to learn about and celebrate them. We’ll be near Gordon Ramsey’s new gaff, but as he is not the right gender for this walk, he won’t get more than a mention. Let’s hear it for the girls!



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