Course overview

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! Exploring the Southbank area, this is a heritage guided walk on Thursday 20th June, meeting at 11am by the ticket barriers of Blackfriars station south side of the river Thames, and ending near Waterloo station. Come and explore the Southbank area famously known for its culture and tourism. Once one of London's most polluted neighbourhoods, we will explore how it has evolved into a tree lined riverside neighbourhood that is loved today and attracts millions of visitors.

Course description

A pleasant 1.5-hours flat terrain walk with one flight of 15 steps upwards through the Southbank area. Selina Rice, a Lambeth Tour Guide, will guide you through this fascinating area with it's rich diverse history. From fields to marshes, factories, warehouses and carparks where few people lived in the 1970's. How did the area evolve? Who are the different people and spaces who have influenced the development of this area that lay outside the City of London walls? How has the environment changed today to become the green cultural district we know today?

The South Bank is an entertainment and commercial district in central London on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the City of Westminster. It forms a narrow strip of riverside land within the London Borough of Lambeth (where it adjoins Albert Embankment) and the London Borough of Southwark, (where it adjoins Bankside). During the Middle Ages this area developed as a place of entertainment outside the formal regulation of the City of London on the north bank; this included theatres, prostitution and bear-baiting. Come and join us to find out more!

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