90 min linear tour
Step-free but involves cobblestones
Private walking tour
The area of Southwark is popular with foodies and film-makers alike but it was once a mecca for miscreants who enjoyed its taverns and theatres, brothels and bear-baiting.
Hear remarkable true accounts from Roman Britain all the way up to modern day, whilst exploring familiar territory for world-famous writers such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Chaucer.
Accompanied by a professional guide, learn about the history of this area as you snap memorable photos.
Come and visit the eclectic area of Southwark with us!
Southwark was once a mecca for miscreants who enjoyed its taverns and theatres, brothels, and bear-baiting. Our tour will take you on an adventure through the streets of this historic area to discover what life was like in the past. You’ll hear tales of murder, mayhem, merriment, mystery and more as we guide you around some of London’s most famous landmarks including St Saviour’s Dock where pirates were hanged at low tide; The Clink Prison Museum; The Globe Theatre; Winchester Palace (now part of the Imperial War Museum); Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre; Borough Market – one of London’s oldest markets which has been trading since Roman times.
Start: London Bridge Post Office
End: Globe Theatre
Sarah & Tony Greaves
“One of our favourite parts of London, it is so vibrant and full of history. I thought I knew this part of town quite well, having been on other tours and visits in the past 25 years or so. But we discovered that we had simply walked past historic sites without realising and found new statues/monuments that we didn’t know about. A really interesting walk in a wonderful setting, highly recommended and particularly nice to do in the spring/summer, as it is close to the Thames. It felt like we had been taken on a little daytrip without having to leave our home city.”
“It’s amazing the things and places I’ve frequently walked past without realising their history. Hazel really opens your eyes with plenty of interesting facts and amusing stories. This walk was just an hour long and the time just flew by. A very pleasant summer evening.”
“Was a nice jaunt through London Bridge/ Southwark area. Good to see some familiar sights in the daylight and with the hustle and bustle. Definitely whets the appetite for other Southwark walks and to hear about London’s bloody past, shenanigans, plots and despots. You leave realising 1,000 years on, people çan change, plus c’est la même chose.”
Amanda and Guy
“A real pleasant tour. I discovered lots of things I didn’t know about this area of town. Highly recommended.”