Historic Pubs in Bankside

March 5, 2021
Historic Pubs in Bankside
In our latest podcast episode: 46: Beer, The Bard and Historic Buildings in Bankside, I asked London tour guide Stephen King for his recommendations for historic pubs in Bankside.
This is what he said:

"The classic pub for everybody having to visit Bankside has to go to is of course the George Inn which is London's only remaining gallery.

In. So if you go there, you are standing only a fragment of it remains for the very important fragment for the George Inn remains. And if you go there, you can get the sense of what a Georgian galleried pub. It looks amazing. There's a whole book about it as well; Shakespeare's local. There's no evidence that Shakespeare ever went to the George Inn. There's no evidence he ever did not go to the George Inn either! It's nice to imagine that possibly Shakespeare did hang out there, but certainly that the pub that no longer remains, which is next door, is the White Hart. And again, we certainly know that Shakespeare did frequent the White Hart. And of course the pub that no longer remains on the other side, the end of a Tabard Inn, we know Jeffrey also went there, but of the remaining pubs, you've got some wonderful ones, got The Globe, which of course paired in various movies (including Bridget Jones).

You've got the Southwark Inn, which claims to have a series of cells. Underneath, in the old prison cells, you can have a drink in the basement of that. Here's a little story Hazel, that's not actually true. If you look at the old maps although Bankside had lots of prisons in their hair where the Southwark in there was never actually a prison there, but they're, they're old storage places, but they are very atmospheric.If you go to the, do you ever go into the Southwark Inn, can go underground there, but then there's just so many other amazing pubs with amazing landlords as well. 

So if you ever get into the King's Head pub, you'll get hijacked by the landlord who will show there's an amazing painting on the wall of his pub, of the old London bridge, where it still had houses on and actually the landlord is in that painting. He had himself painted into that, which covers the entire wall of his downstairs pub. So yeah, they're just so many in there.


Drawing London's Buildings

February 28, 2021
In episode 45 we talk to architect and artist Christian Coop about his inspiration for drawing London's buildings.
You can follow Christian on instagram here
I have also added a selection on places we mention in the podcast. Enjoy:
Elizabeth Tower, Westminster
Tower Bridge, from the foreshore
Westminster Abbey, Westminster
Woolwich Town Hall, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Queen Anne Gate, St James

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John Stow A Survey of London

February 27, 2021

This is a wonderful resource for anybody researching life in late C16th / early C17th London. 

The book is an easy read and brings a new knowledge of the streets within the City of London where years ago I had once worked. It's one of those books that you can dip into at any time for the sheer quirky pleasure of it - but it's also a superb historical document in its own right.

The introduction by Antonia Fraser in this edition is a fascinating essay.

Now, other people come to work & walk along s...

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Walking Tudor London

February 24, 2021

John Stow, an historian and antiquarian, is best known for his ‘Survey of London, originally printed in 1598, during the reign of Elizabeth I. 

Stow’s Survey of London is a chorographical study, it maps Tudor London with words. Anybody looking at any of London's history is bound to have come across this at some point or another.

It’s a critical source for knowing what life was like in Tudor London, a city which mostly disappeared during the great fire of London in 1666. Further damage was...

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Greenwich: Nailing Down the Jousting

February 16, 2021

Henry VIII built the first permanent tiltyard (for jousting) in England at his palace in Greenwich - and everyone knew where it was more or less. This was because we have lots of paintings from the seventeenth century showing it in relation to the Queen’s House, which was built between 1616 and 1635 by architect Inigo Jones and still stands today. The Tudor Palace, along with its tiltyard fell into serious decay during the Civil War and after, and its remnants were finally pulled down in Ch...

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Clapham Common's Posts

February 9, 2021

Hiding in plain sight on Clapham Common are a series of fairly dull-looking brown posts. Anonymous and overlooked, these posts mark a dark bit of the Common's history. The Common, as the name suggests, was common land, people could graze their sheep, collect firewood and get water. 


Now there has always been a bit of tension between Clapham and neighbour Battersea about the rights to these freedoms. This tension was only heightened when during the English Civil War the lord of Battersea suppo...

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