Guided Walk – 10:40am
Date(s) - 13/08/2017
10:40 am - 12:40 pm
MAYFLOWER TO BRUNEL’S TUNNEL Gulliver’s Travels, Ancient Riverside Village, Sea to Shining Sea, East India Company 10:45am every Sunday and Monday and 6.15pm every Wednesday from Bermondsey Tube (Jubilee line) Just turn up – no booking required. In partnership with London Walks. £10 per person / £8 concessions. “The sun set; the dusk fell on the stream, and lights began to appear along the shore…” Now the curtain rises upon a different scene.
- 1st Miracle: we’re only a 7-minute tube ride away from the Houses of Parliament.
- 2nd Miracle: we’re 500 years away;
- 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. (Was to Gulliver – it’s where he sailed from)
- 4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father’s pub – is here (let alone a king’s palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain’s gibbet, a prince’s tomb, a pirate’s pub and an East India Court).
- 5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here – “the underground cathedral” (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s tunnel under the Thames.
- 6th Miracle: We’ve got privileged access to the Royal Box – the eyrie, the viewing platform – that looks down into “the underground cathedral.”
Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we’ll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe…