Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Southwark and Bankside (A Guided Walk in London)

“Southwark and Bankside” is a Guided Walk in London devised and led by Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are an excellent way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk starts outside St. Pauls Cathedral, by the Queen Anne statue, and proceeds across the River Thames by the Millennium Bridge.

Southwark is a very old part of London, where for centuries the laws of the capital itself did not apply. This was very useful to those who wished to make money from questionable pursuits, including the stage, long regarded as a not-too-honourable profession.

Bankside too was involved in all this, and is now the site of the Tate Modern, housed in an enormous former power station.

The late American actor Sam Wanamaker was the inspiration for the rebuilding of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and it was from the part of Southwark known as The Borough that Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims set in “The Canterbury Tales”.

During this walk, Colin will also be pointing out many other places of interest, including Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, the amazing rose window of the Bishop of Winchester’s Palace, the galleried George Hotel, the replica Golden Hind, and Nancy’s Steps, scene of a dramatic moment in “Oliver Twist”.

“Southwark and Bankside” is one of several walks that Colin leads around historic but lesser-known parts of London. Other such walks are “Smithfield and Clerkenwell” and “Bow Bells”, as well as the atmospheric “Jack the Ripper”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Southwark and Bankside' costs £6.00 per person, or £5.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at St. Pauls Cathedral, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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