Tuesday, 1 June 2010

My Southwark (part 1)

Southwark is one of the most understated and unknown areas in London but it is steeped in history and full of beautiful and interesting places to visit.  You can reach Southwark by catching the train or tube to London Bridge Station and there is enough to keep you occupied for a whole day.  There is certainly no shortage of interesting things to do but I would suggest the following walking tour:

1.  The London Dungeon

The London DungeonJust outside of London Bridge Rail Station lies one of London’s most popular destinations.  In fact, there are queues to get in all year around and it is best to book your place in advance!  It is certainly my favourite attraction and I have visited it many times.  The London Dungeon is an interactive experience detailing London’s most horrible and macabre history.  Highlights include exhibits on The Great Plague, Sweeney Todd and Bloody Mary and there is also the ride Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom.  Not to be missed!

The London Dungeon
28-34 Tooley Street
London SE1 2SZ
020 7403 7221

2. Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

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Southwark CathedralSouthwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral is an exquisite example of Gothic architecture and although a church has been on this site since 606AD, it has only been an Anglican cathedral since 1905.  Not only is the Cathedral visually stunning on the exterior, it is beautiful inside too and certainly worth a visit.  It is open daily from 8.00am to 6.00pm

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Southwark Cathedral
Chapter House
Montague Close, London SE1 9DA
020 7367 6734

3. The Golden Hinde

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Just around the corner from Southwark Cathedral lies a full size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th century galleon The Golden Hinde.  Drake circumnavigated the globe in the original Golden Hinde between 1577 and 1580.  The original ship was kept at Deptford for nearly 100 years after she sailed before eventually rotting away.  This replica has not faired too badly either though and she too has circumnavigated the globe.  She has travelled a total of 140,000 miles and is now preserved as a museum.

The Golden Hinde
Pickfords Wharf
Clink Street, London SE1 9DG
020 7407 7056

4.  Borough Market

Borough Market

Borough Market is a dedicated food market that is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  You can buy fresh foods of an extremely high quality and this is a wonderful place to visit if you are catering a fancy dinner or if you just want a lunch time snack.  While you are there, be sure to look up and appreciate the fine Art Deco style of the buildings.

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Borough MarketBorough Market

Borough Market
8 Southwark Street
London SE1 1TL
020 7407 1002

5. Vinopolis

Vinopoulos

Vinopolis is an incredibly popular venue to visit in Southwark.  There you can mix wine tasting with socialising, dine in the adjoining Cantina Vinopolis and purchase world class wines from the attached Lathwaites Wine Store.  Vinopolis is tucked under the arches of the Victorian railway viaduct that carries the trains from London Bridge to Cannon Street rail station. 

Vinopolis
1 Bank End
London SE1 9BU
020 7940 3000

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8 comments

  1. Emm very interesting. I just love that last photograph.

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  2. I wandered there last August; great place for monochrome, real film and old mechanical cameras; or maybe I'm showing my age.

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  3. Hi Emm..as always..mega-gorgeous photos...they all captivate me...gorgeous work!! And lovely read!! Yay! That was fun! have a beautiful day! Thanks for the adventure!
    Kiki~

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  4. I've been to Southwark cathedral and Borough market ... sigh.. was a lovely day!
    But no thanks to teh London Dungeon.. Chamber of Horrors at Madame tussaud's was bad enough! :P lol

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  5. The pics are so beautiful. One day I'll make it there :)

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  6. The London Dungeon is definitely a place that is well worth visiting...I will have to pop into Vinopolis sometime it seems like it would be of interest to a professional boozer like me.

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  7. Ah, I love this part of London! BTW, there is an awesome pirate-themed store not far from The Golden Hinde. You know, in case you ever need some pirate gear. Arrrrr! Have you been?

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  8. I'm sure I replied to these comments before - I can even remember what I said!!! Sorry guys!!

    @ Mike: Thanks! I like that one too and was going for a bit of perspective.

    @ John: Naaah, you're not showing your age, you;re showing your expertise!! If you are ever in the area again, give me a call and we can do tea!

    @ Kiki: I love your comments - they are always so exciting!

    @ Ash: Ha! I love creepy stuff like that!!

    @ Ivanhoe: Of course you will!!

    @ William: I agree - I have been there several times!

    @ JaPRA: I did not know about it but I'll have to go take a look!!

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