The more I discover about the history of Southwark and the Borough, the more fascinated I am by this area. It is steeped in history dating back almost 1,000 years and nearly everywhere you look, you will find some little astonishing tidbit of history or significance.
Last week Stephen paid a rare visit to Southwark when he came through to give his support for our annual pub quiz against our students. I took the scenic route from our office to London Bridge and enjoyed the opportunity to play tour guide.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in the very last days of summer and eventually I could no longer resist the urge to take some photographs. I’ve worked on Borough High Street for over four years and still find it hard to walk past Southwark Cathedral, The Golden Hinde or, indeed, The Shard, without taking a photo.
These photos were taking using Instagram on my iPhone 3GS. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they came out, especially the first two.
I decided to share the photo below because one of my friends remarked that it looked very “Hogsmeade”. I think a lot of England does look magical and quaint and we take that for granted when we live here. But I have to remember that I was once an Anglophile too, fascinated by everything British and loving the ideas that the Harry Potter books evoked.
In my next post I’ll feature an astonishing piece of architecture that sits just off a major high street. It should thrill fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy.
I'm happy to announce that The Shard has a baby sister. The Place at London Bridge Quarter is currently at 20 stories but appears to have flown up in comparison to The Shard. I cannot wait until all of this work is finished. I want shiny and new already because dusty and in-progress is getting boring.
Melissa from Wanderlust is organising a meetup this Saturday at a ceramics cafe in Greenwich. You don't have to be a skilled pottery maker to join in as you are provided with a finished product which you can then paint. It is a LOT of fun and if you are a blogger, expat or simply want to join in, please get in touch on Melissa’s blog or here.