A Riverside Stroll This Sunday

This Sunday sees the return of Richard Jones’s walk through the London of Dickens, Chaucer and Shakespeare. It begins at 11.30am on Sunday 4th November and meets outside Borough Underground Station, which is on the Northern Line.

The walk takes in some great locations in a part of London that people don’t often venture into. Click here for full details.

Highlights for those who have taken the walk include a delightful secret garden associated with one of 19th Century London’s greatest philanthropists. This tucked away little garden is an absolute joy to discover.

From here the walk heads over to a former burial ground which closed in the mid 19th century. This was originally a burial ground for the prostitutes who worked in the nearby brothels. Later it became a paupers burial ground, in which capacity Charles Dickens would have known it as a boy. It was rediscovered when the Jubilee line extension was being built and the locals then took it to heart and now treat it with true reverence as a shrine to the forgotten dead.

The walk then takes in several of the old coaching yards that line Borough High Street, including the one from whence Chaucer’s pilgrims set out on their road to Canterbury, before pitching up at the only surviving galleried coaching inn left in London, a true 17th century survivor.

The last section of the walk heads off along the banks of the Thames, taking in locations that were well known to both Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare and offering some absolutely spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral on the opposite bank of the River Thames.

So come and join Richard, and enjoy a Sunday morning stroll that is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and provide you with two hours of informed entertainment.

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