Much of the activity on the ground floor level of the buildings in the area has been determined by their use, and as these uses have changed over time, the spaces and routes that connect them, have fluctuated in popularity. Beyond the City boundary, and with London Bridge itself as the key access to the City, pubs, theatres and leisure dens proliferated, and over time these have been controlled by licensing. With the renovation of London Bridge and its railway arches (in parts the ‘Low Line’) as well as the development of More London, there is a resurgence in theatre and leisure venues which has conspired to significant changes in ownership and ground floor rental values, and their uses. We will look at where and when we can cross boundaries, and who is trying to keep whom away, both now and in the past. Inadvertently, the built environment often includes obstacles and barriers for those less able to get about on foot, and we will explore how these have been overcome. BOOK HERE The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2019 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’. Click here to see more events that are taking place in London Bridge as part of the LFA. Team London Bridge is a supporter of London Festival of Architecture 2019.
Tag: Guided Walk
Part of Totally Thames Festival, this free event led by STAMP (Shad Thames Area Management Partnership) will guide you through the transformation of Shad Thames from an industrial centre in the Pool of London to a desirable riverside location to live, work and visit, and signalling what direction it might take in future. Where? Meet at 10.30am on a boat moored at Butlers Wharf Pier for refreshments, an introduction to the area and personal stories about Shad Thames. Then head out on foot to discover local placemarks that contribute to the area’s character and make it distinctive. No booking required. Totally Thames 2017 runs from 1-30 September www.totallythames.org
Whether you are new to the area or are just keen to learn more about the neighbourhood, our FREE guided walking tour of London Bridge provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) and lass for approx 90 mins. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take you to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as you go along. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes. Places are limited so please book your free ticket on Eventbrite here.