Southwark London City Walk
When I lived in London, I was constantly going to the Southwark area. Borough Market, Tower Bridge, the Tate. All of those places that I loved. One of my favourite things I did was a Southwark London City Walk.
It’s funny how, nearly a year later, I can still remember things so well. I miss London every day and I sometimes wish I never moved back to NZ. But, what’s done is done!
Southwark was one of my favourite places to go to for the day. There was so much to see and do. Borough Market for their delicious baked goods. The amazing tea stall there that I went to for samples. The bread! If I ever move back to London, I will definitely move into Southwark (will need the £ though!).
I decided to dedicate this post to the Southwark London Walk I did just before moving back to NZ. It was by far one of the best walks I did over there, and I learnt so much:
I was a little bit worried what the tour would be like, as it was free (although you can tip afterwards…and, unfortunately, I don’t carry cash on me), but it was actually very interesting.
I would definitely suggest that when you come to London you have to do a London City Walk. It is a great way to get a bit of history and culture.
We started the walk off at the Monument (very easy to get to via tube – just get off at Monument) and we were told a little bit about the Great Fire.
We then moved on to a church that stands where one of the London Bridge’s started. There have been a few London Bridges. I had walked past that church many times before and had never realised the significance of that place.
After that, we turned a corner and went up some steps onto today’s London Bridge. We were told about the Walkie Talkie, and how it melted a Jaguar one summer. It’s funny, because all the modern buildings have these names like the Gherkin and the Shard, and nobody seems to know the proper names for them.
We kept walking along the Bridge and crossed over to the other side to go down some stairs that spit you out by the London Tombs.
Finally, we could smell the deliciousness that is Borough Market (by far one of my favourite food markets). The guide taught us a bit of Cockney slang, something that I must use more often so that I can confuse the hell out of people.
Next stop: Sir Frances Drake’s boat…or rather a recreation of one.
We walked past the Clink and ended up walking to the Tate and then over the Millennium Bridge (which I always call the Harry Potter Bridge). When you walk over the Millennium Bridge take a look at the ground. An artist goes and paints the gum that people drop on the ground.
We ended the tour by walking towards St Pauls Cathedral, where we were given some information about Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who really benefited from the Great Fire.
All in all, it was a very good walk. I also did a Beatles walk, that I will be adding to my travel section soon!
Some of this post can be found on my old blog.
I did have some photos from Borough Market, but I can’t seem to find them!
Have a read of a few of my other travel posts: