The Clink Prison Museum
The Clink was a prison in Southwark, England, which operated from the 12th century until 1780. The prison served the Liberty of the Clink, a local manor area owned by the Bishop of Winchester rather than by the reigning monarch. As the Liberty owner, the Bishop kept all revenues from the Clink…
Torture devices and grisly tales about inmates and the former medieval prison on the site.
“Cripplegate was the northern entrance to Londinium’s fort, erected around ad120. The gate was located at what is now the corner of Wood Street and St Alphage Gardens and its name probably derives from the Old English crypel-geat; a cripple was ‘one who can only creep’ – which was the necessary way to duck under the original low arch. An alternative possibility is that it was a corruption of crepel, a burrow. The church of St Giles without Cripplegate was built in 1090, probably on the site of a Saxon predecessor, and rebuilt in 1545 after a fire. There is evidence that William Shakespeare was a parish resident in the late 1590s. Oliver Cromwell was married in St Giles’ Church.”
“Duck under the arches behind Maltby Street and you'll arrive at Druid Street, a much more rough-and-ready street-food market. On this stretch, signs are few and far between so it helps to follow your nose. Pojang serves up authentic Korean street-food, Decatur has the best oyster po boys and Rock My Bowl's smoothie bowls manage to make breakfast genuinely exciting. The revolving weekly stalls mean you'll find new vendors every time. On our last visit we discovered Jake's Soul Spread selling incredible jams on their Druid Street debut. The treacle-thick salted butter with honey even comes with a soul and funk breakfast soundtrack.”
“The neighbourhood parish church where Shakespeare prayed while brother Edmund rang the bells. The Southwark Church dates back to 1207. Though the site has had a church for a t least a thousand years and inhabitants for 2000. ”
“The second - ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577-80 was done by this boat ! ( very close to Borough market) ”
“Lokma restaurant in Bermondsey Square offers the best in Turkish cuisine. Serving a selection of hot and cold mezze, charcoal grills, seafood, döner and vegetarian dishes. Plus there great sharing platters and a Raki bar. A takeaway menu is also available. Happy Hour Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails every day from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. Sunday Brunch Visit Lokma for a traditional Turkish buffet every Sunday only £10 per head.”