Short read: Elsewhere is always surprising… Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon – the Victorian underside of 21st century London.
Long read: Here’s how we get there. We poke around in forgotten corners of the real London just over the river. We make some thrilling – and chilling – “finds”. Everything from trace evidence – archaeological fragments – to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers’ burying ground, a ragged school, “model dwellings”, Little Dorrit’s prison, Octavia Hill’s cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed “Black Maria”, pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. It’s history as a seance. As for lunch after the walk, well these two words will suffice: Borough Market. Guided by Kim (winner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award) and Richard III and Karen (winner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award*).
Walker’s read: “Darkest Victorian London is one of the best tours I have taken in any city.” Andrysharose, TripAdvisor April, 2019
DARKEST VICTORIAN LONDON – THE PRACTICALS
Darkest Victorian London takes place at 10.45 am every* Monday morning. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of MonumentTube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at the Old Operating Theatre, just round the corner from London Bridge station.
*Except Dec. 23
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