London Bridge with David

Mysterious Alleys, Hidden Pathways (0)
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London Bridge with David

Mysterious Alleys, Hidden Pathways

Hi, I’m David, and I’ve been a Londoner all my life. Join me on my fascinating walk on the south side of the Thames, an area full of mystery and historical tales. I will take you along the river on the South Bank, before veering off the beaten path into Borough’s most mysterious alleys. Along the route, you will see the world’s greatest food market, a gothic cathedral, an infamous prison, and a secret archaeological dig. You will learn about powerful symbols of inequality and social injustice, and hear sordid stories of crimes and ghosts – before ending up at one of London’s oldest pubs.


Details

  • 1.5 hours
  • Accessible
  • Pets allowed

Tickets must be purchased in advance – we are unable to sell tickets at the meeting point.

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Tours every week
Monday 14.00 - 15.30
Thursday 14.00 - 15.30
Sunday 14.00 - 15.30
Meeting point

By the London Bridge national rail station entrance at the corner of Joiner Street and Tooley Street, SE1 9SL.

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£15 ticket

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Highlights

  • Explore hidden areas and lesser known streets around London Bridge
  • Hear about the area’s history of poverty, social exclusion, and homelessness
  • Discover Crossbones Graveyard the poignant resting place for the area’s poor
  • Take in the stunning Southwark Cathedral, one of London’s few gothic churches
  • Find the Original site of the Globe Theatre, and its current incarnation
  • Hear tales of medieval knights, crime, ghosts, and bear-fighting dogs

My Story

I have lived in London all of my life. I have had lots of jobs, mainly in industrial work, factories and warehouses.

Back in 2003 the landlord of the house that I was sharing with three other people wanted to terminate our tenancies. So I had to find myself a new place to live. At the same time, the firm I was working for decided to relocate, and I was told I needed to move with them if I wanted to keep my job. This meant that I couldn’t move into the new place that I had found, and I only had two weeks to find somewhere in the new area. I didn’t manage it, and this is how I became homeless for the first time. Fortunately, one of my friends let me have his room for two weeks whilst a friend of his was on holiday, enough time for me to find a new flat.

A few months later, I became unwell and needed to go into hospital. Whilst I was in hospital, my new landlady terminated my tenancy. I spent six weeks in hospital and a further six weeks in a homeless hostel before being given a one bedroom flat, which I still have. My experience highlights what it means to be a ‘hidden homeless’: you would not have seen me on the street, but I was homeless nonetheless.

Spoken languages: English

Interests
I enjoy writing and performing poetry and lyrics and using social media. I also enjoy attending church and church events.