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Meet for a guided walk around William Shakespeare's London

During Shakespeare's time, Bankside was lawless, dangerous, exciting and squalid, in addition to attracting those who wanted to escape the City's laws (like prostitutes, thieves, highwaymen and river pirates) the area drew people seeking different kinds on entertainment, which ranged from theatres to bear baiting and knuckle fighting - often sharing the same stage!

On the walk we visit the sites of these attractions and learn who actually controlled most of them, you might be slightly surprised!

The area has also been long associated with medical institutions, the eldest - St Thomas was founded here in the early 12th century and not its present site near Westminster Bridge. See a rare relic of the original London Bridge in the grounds of Guys Hospital and unusual graveyard.

Almost wherever you go in London you come across something connected to the great writer Charles Dickens and we start this walk with a visit to an site that played a major part of his life and was behind the story line of one of his well known books.

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  • Georgina

    It was a very interesting group of people (hello again) and the tour guide (thank you John) was lively and informative!

    March 17, 2014

    • Ian St J.

      I hope you are now feeling better!

      March 19, 2014

  • John D.

    I'm glad that you all enjoyed the afternoon and thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure to take such a lovely group of people around Bankside.

    2 · March 18, 2014

  • Thelma

    Would like to join in today ...... I am new to meetup!

    March 16, 2014

    • Georgina

      come next time! It was great :0)

      March 17, 2014

  • sarah b.

    fantastic walk in a relaxed atmosphere, with some very lovely people. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the history of London.

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Ian St J.

    A good day. Some excellent sites visited and interesting range of information and anecdote, and some real historical curiosities.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely. John was very enthusiastic and I met some lovely people. It's a shame not everyone turned up, they missed a lovely afternoon

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have arrived way too early... In the cafe riva red top with flowers on if anyone else is too early

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • John D.

    If you do need to contact me later my mobile number is[masked], I will also wear my blue name badge to help you.

    March 16, 2014

  • John D.

    Hi Georgina, welcome to my group and I hope you enjoy this and other walks that I have planned, I am quite happy for you to pay me on the day when you see me, looking forward to meeting you.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Georgina

    Hi John,
    Thanks for organising such an interesting event :0) I love guided walking tours about the history of London.

    May I ask if we pay in the day? I am a bit new to Meetup so it's probably me but I can't find a way to pay.

    Thank you! And see you then.

    March 6, 2014

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