London Bridge Tube Stop, Tooley Street exit | Map

Guided by Kevin

Short read: Archaeology, Industry & Literature (guided by the distinguished emeritus Museum of London archaeologist and Curator Kevin Flude).

Long read: The area south of London Bridge is one of the most charismatic areas of London. It fascinated Charles Dickens who called it 'the Borough' and used it in many books.  It was, for example, the home of the infamous Bill Sykes.  On this walk we are going to explore the eastern half of the Borough, walking from the Tube Station along the River and then follow the route to the famous Monastery at Bermondsey.  This route was one of London's working-class areas, particularly leather workers and it has many traces of London's extensive industrial heritage.   Enroute we will visit a pub or two, and explore working-class lives before ending the tour at Barmsey Abbey, as Londoners called it.  It was patronised by the Queen and became one of the most famous places in London. Some of the Ruins survive and still influences the street pattern.  The tour will provide a history of Southwark since the Bronze Age as well as much more. And then there are a couple of great pubs. 

LONDON BRIDGE TO BERMONDSEY – THE PRACTICALS

To go on the London Bridge to Bermondsey walk meet Kevin just outside the Tooley Street exit of London BridgeTube Stop at 7.15 pm on Saturday, July 13.

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