Whilst you are unable to visit in person, IWM have created an interactive timeline where you’re able to explore the HMS Belfast Story. Discover it’s history, hear the unique stories of those who served on board, and read about the adventures that the Royal Navy cruiser embarked on as a world-touring warship, from the Arctic Circle to East Asia. Explore the timeline here. Image: HMS Belfast leaving Scapa Flow for the Normandy beaches, June 1944. © IWM (A 25665) ©IWM (A 25665)
Believe it or not, between 1930 and 1970 the Tower of London used to be just at popular for its beach as it was for it Tower. Families would flock to the ‘seaside’ even dipping their toes in the ‘sea.’ Children would build sandcastles and eat ice cream whilst there was entertainment and deck chairs to rent. Many of the families who went to the beach were from the East End and couldn’t afford to go to the seaside in holiday, and would regularly visit. The beach was officially opened in 23 July, 1934 when King George V declared the area would remain free for the city’s children to use. The beach closed during the war, but resumed in 1946. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that there were concerns over pollution in the river with the beach officially closing in 1971. Image: Henry Grant
Tower Bridge are offering something extra for families this summer with their fun and interactive family tours. Tours will be running on Tuesday mornings throughout the school holidays and will help families discover more about the history of Tower Bridge and how it works. Run by experienced members of the learning team, tours are designed for children age 6 to 14. Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August Time: 10.30 Average duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Price: £4 per person, in addition to standard ticket prices. Family ticket options for this tour are also available. Contact Tower Bridge bookings department to book and for more information on +44 (0) 207 407 9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is advised that Family tours are pre-booked and paid for in advance.
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.