Booze, Brothels & The Bard: A Walking Tour of London's Bawdy Borough

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  • 2 hr

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting William Shakespeare, medieval Winchester Geese prostitutes, Charles Dickens, the ghost of a nineteenth century pub landlady, and the wonderfully named Doorkins Magnificat! On our walking tour we'll visit the areas around Borough and Bankside, which being outside the jurisdiction of the City of London were for centuries the site of seedy goings on. We'll learn how the area had been notorious for prostitution since the arrival of the Romans, visit the locations of Southwark's two most notorious prisons of which parts can still be seen today, take in the sights of a millennium-old market, view the remains of a medieval palace, and find Shakespeare's Globe Theatres both old and new! The walking tour begins outside Borough Station, ends near London Bridge Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Historic London Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St George the Martyr

The only remaining part of the Marshalsea Prison

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Crossbones Graveyard

The final resting place for thousands of Southwark's outcast dead

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At:

The largest extant reminder of Southwark's beer trade

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At:

London's last surviving galleried coaching inn

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Old Operating Theatre

Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: London Bridge

The world famous and iconic London Bridge

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Southwark Cathedral

London's oldest surviving gothic church

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Borough Market

A one thousand year old food market

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Winchester Palace

The remains of one of the most prestigious homes in medieval England

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Clink Prison Museum

The site of the notorious Clink Prison

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Duration: 5 minutes
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