London's Southbank: Spice Traders, Pirates, and Playwrights
For centuries, London has stood at the centre of the world’s commerce, adapting with the shifting tides of power and technology. A former dockland and industrial slum, and now an icon of successful regeneration, London Bridge is one of London’s most historic and storied districts.
- Start your tour besides the river on the beautiful Bankside footpath.
- Enjoy incredible vistas of London's finest bridges, castles and cathedrals.
- Explore Southwark's treasure trove of galleries, historic buildings and pubs.
- Dive into London's oldest food market. Decide what you'd like to indulge in, and enjoy.
- Learn about the area's strong connection with Shakespeare and Dickens.
- See old prison walls, pauper burial grounds and London's last surviving coaching inn.
We begin at London Bridge, where the small trading town built by the Romans stood upon the river Thames. Hear the stories of how the Thames helped Britain take command of the oceans - from Sir Francis Drake and his journey on the Golden Hind, to the HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship from the Second World War.
Move west along the river and into the time of Shakespeare, as you pass by one of the world's most famous theatres, known for the timeless words penned by arguably the greatest playwright of all time.
A few blocks east and several centuries later, step into the world of Southwark, which was built on industrial, smoky origins. Grand Victorian wharves, granaries and shipyards once spanned its shores, amassing the trade and treasures of Her Majesty's Empire. Now, the area has evolved into one of London's most adored and exciting districts. The neighbourhood has arguably the best vistas across the city, its finest walk and London's most beloved food and produce market.