South Bank Walk, Part 2, London

Continue your cultural walk along the southern bank of the River Thames and enjoy the unique attractions it hosts. Buzzing with life and joy, London's South Bank will eagerly reveal all of its secrets. Take this tour and check it out yourself.
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Guide Name: South Bank Walk, Part 2
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: clare
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Golden Hinde

1) Golden Hinde

When you want to give your children a treat while you are visiting London – or if you want to treat yourself for that matter, you couldn’t do better than to spend an afternoon, a day, or even a night on the Golden Hinde, berthed in St Mary Overie Dock.

The ship is a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous warship, in which he sailed round the world. The Golden Hinde you will visit today was launched in Devon in 1973 and circumnavigated the world many more times than its namesake, before being opened to the public for guided visits or for private hire – the Pirate Birthday Parties are especially popular.

Costumed educators will tell you the history of the original ship, about Sir Francis Drake and all about life onboard for both officers and crew in the 16th century. There are several themes to make sure that everyone has a great time while learning about Elizabethan weaponry and warfare.

The Maritime Workshop arranges hands-on activities where children (or adults) will learn how to measure time and speed aboard a sail-rigged war boat. You can handle navigational instruments used by Drake to plot his voyage round the world.

The Day or Overnight Living History themes allow children to dress up as crew members in Tudor sailors’ costumes. There are workshops on navigation and barber surgery; in the afternoon there are mock battles and gun-drill. The children are served biscuits and grog (apple juice).

The overnight version includes a Tudor dinner (vegetable soup and bread), sleeping on the gun-deck and a Tudor breakfast (bread and cheese). Whether you chose the paying themes or just an afternoon’s self guided visit, don’t miss the souvenir shop, where you can stock up on postcards, t-shirts and other gift items.

The Golden Hinde is open between 10.00 am and 5:30 pm daily for self guided tours. Self guided tours admission: adult - £6.00, children (4 - 16 years old) - £4.50; family - £18.00.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Southwark Cathedral

2) Southwark Cathedral

On the South Bank of the Thames, not far from London Bridge, you will find the Southwark Cathedral, which is the Mother Church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and well worth a visit. Although the church has only been a cathedral since 1905, it was mentioned in the Domesday Book Survey of 1086. It is certainly possible that the building was erected on the site of an even older place of worship as in 1977 a 4th century Roman well with a pagan statue was discovered beneath the choir. The present building is the first Gothic church to be constructed in England and was dedicated to St Mary Overie (a corruption of Over the River). Of the Norman church only the wooden door remains, as the church was damaged by fire in 1212, 1390 and 1420. Inside the Cathedral there is a stained glass window dedicated to William Shakespeare showing scenes from his plays, and below this is a statue of the Bard. Another interesting memorial is the multi-chrome panelled tomb of John Gower, a 15th Court Poet and friend of Chaucer. Joined to the cathedral by Lancelot’s Link, an ancient alley now a glazed street, you will find the refectory, where you can enjoy a meal and a cup of tea and the cathedral shop, selling postcards, books and locally made gift items.
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Borough Market

3) Borough Market

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, South East London, England. It is one of the largest food markets in the world, and is regarded by some as one of the highest quality markets in the United Kingdom, selling a large variety of foods from all around the world. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m., but the retail market operates only on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market, which has focused historically on fruits and vegetables, has, in recent years, added stalls dealing with the fine food retail market. Since the beginning of 2000, some of the market's most famous traders include Artisan Bakers DeGustibus, Furness Fish & Game Supplies, Peter Gott and Sillfield Farm, and the Spanish company Brindisa.

Operation hours: Thursday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

4) Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is a museum of surgical history and one of the oldest surviving operating theatres. It is located in the garret of St Thomas's Church, Southwark, on the original site of St Thomas' Hospital. The patients were mainly poor people who were expected to contribute to their care if they could afford it. Rich patients were treated and operated on at home rather than in hospital. The patients at the Old Operating Theatre were all women.

Until 1847, surgeons had no recourse to anaesthetics and depended on swift technique (surgeons could perform an amputation in a minute or less), the mental preparation of the patient, and alcohol or opiates to dull the patient’s senses. Thereafter, ether or chloroform started to be used. The Operating Theatre had closed down before antiseptic surgery was invented. The majority of cases were for amputations or superficial complaints as, without antiseptic conditions, it was too dangerous to do internal operations. Medical students were packing the Theatre to witness an operation and patients were forced to put up with the audience to their distress because they received medical treatment from some of the best surgeons in the land, which otherwise they could not afford. Wealthy patients of the surgeons would have been operated on, by choice, at home, probably on the kitchen table. The risk of death at the hands of a surgeon was greatly increased by the lack of understanding of the causes of infection. Although cleanliness was a moral virtue, descriptions suggest that a surgeon was as likely to wash his hands after an operation as before. The old frock coats worn by surgeons during operations were, according to a contemporary, “stiff and stinking with pus and blood”. Beneath the table was a sawdust box for collecting blood. The death rate was further heightened by the shock of the operation, and because operations took place as a last resort, patients tended to have few reserves of strength.

The museum consists of the oldest surviving operating theatre in the country (dating from 1822), used in the days before anaesthetics and antiseptic surgery; the herb garret used by the hospital’s apothecary to store and cure herbs used in healing; a collection of artefacts revealing the horrors of medicine before the age of science. The exhibition includes instruments for cupping, bleeding, trepanning, and childbirth; displays on medieval monastic health care, the history of St Thomas’s, Guy's Hospital and Evelina Children's Hospital, Florence Nightingale and nursing, medical and herbal medicine.

The museum is open every day from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Admission prices: full price - £6.00; children under 16 - £3.50, families - £13.90 (up to 2 adults and 4 children from same family).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Magdalen

5) Magdalen

Magdalen is a beacon of class in an otherwise dowdy area. Here you can try out new British cuisine with French sensibilities — venison and trotter pie or snails with bone marrow. Have a plate of English asparagus accompanied by morels, poached duck egg and Parmesan in a smooth ensemble of earthy, crunchy, salty and soft. Also, make sure to leave some room for a gutsy stuffed and braised veal breast, complete with creamy white polenta, beetroot and chard.
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City Hall

6) City Hall

Some buildings in London will surprise you by their startling modernity. Sometimes it seems that architects go out of their way to make sure that visitors to the city realize that although it is steeped in ancient history, the capital and its people live in the 21st century. The City Hall is just one of these buildings, and once you have got used to its odd shape, you will appreciate the beauty of this futuristic structure.

The building is a 10 storey glass-and-steel office block that leans to one side. It was designed by Norman Foster in 2002 and won the competition to find the best design and location for the new home of the London Assembly. It is 45 metres high and takes up less space than a traditional cubed building of the same volume. It is filled with energy-saving features and uses less than a quarter of the energy of the surrounding buildings.

For the first time, the public was invited to help with the choice during the competition, and the 9th floor is open to visitors. There is a balcony that goes almost all the way around the building on this level and it’s probably one of the best places to take great photos of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London on the opposite bank of the Thames.

On the lower ground floor you will find a cafeteria, but if you have brought a picnic lunch with you, you can eat it on the west side of the building, where there is a sunken area, a bit like an arena with stone steps/benches. It is called the Scoop and lots of office workers eat their lunch there in fine weather.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Design Museum

7) Design Museum

If you are a lover of advertising, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design, you will love the Design Museum, which you will find in a converted banana warehouse on the South Bank not far from Tower Bridge.

The museum was opened in 1989 and is the first of its kind in London. Entry isn’t free, because it isn’t subsidized by the government as other museums are.

On the ground floor you will find the admissions desk, the museum shop, the café and the toilets. These last were designed by the Australian product designer Marc Newton and they are so ultramodern that a lot of visitors think that they are part of the exhibition and take photos of them.

Leaving the photogenic loos behind, you climb to the 1st floor where temporary exhibitions are held. These are really very good and educative, such as the History of Video Games Exposition, which is very popular and comes back quite often.

On the 2nd floor there are two sections: one for semi-permanent exhibitions about the History of Design and the other is the Educational Centre where the Education Department of the museum teaches school-children in design workshops.

On the top of the museum, you will find the famous Blueprint Café, where you can enjoy splendid views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Canary Wharf. A pair of small blue binoculars is placed on each table to enhance viewing. If you are really brave you can sample a warm smoked eel and red onion pickle sandwich which is one of the specialties of the café.

Operation hours: Daily 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
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