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Southwark Walk

Explore the history of the famous Borough Market and its surroundings. This walk will uncover the hidden histories of Borough and Bankside, from breweries to brothels.

  • Discover Roman London to present day
  • Follow in the footsteps of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens
  • Qualified London tour guide
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90 mins linear walk

Step-free

Individual tickets from £15

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The world famous Borough Market is rightly beloved of visitors and locals. But surrounding the market is a maze of quiet backstreets with over 2,000 years of history. This walk will uncover the hidden histories of Borough and Bankside, from breweries to brothels.

In addition the walk covers some of the area’s more famous characters including Shakespeare and Oliver Twist. This walk has proven popular with first time London visitors through to life-long Londoners.

While Borough Market is firmly on the tourist trail, this tour shows you the hidden history of this area of London, dating back to pre-Roman times.

Starting from the famous market we will wander and discover the heroes and villains that makes Borough such an amazing place.

Behind the waterfront, this tour explores the maze of streets, with 2,000 years of history to uncover. Bankside’s colourful history as London’s darker side will be explored, as London’s Tudor entertainment district, with a very mixed reputation.

Learn about the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe and his rivals. Discover where the Bowler hat was really invented.

An excellent way to find out more about this amazing part of London, with a qualified London tour guide.

  • Start: Borough Market
  • End: Tate Modern
Your Guide: Dr Stephen King