Terrorism threats should not stop us from enjoying ourselves and visiting places, Kate Adie told a Bankside audience.
Kate Adie, who is author of Corsets to Camouflage which accompanies the Imperial War Museum's current Women and War exhibition, recalled that during both World Wars residents of Southwark and their children chose to stay in the capital which was their home.
The centre has been funded by the London Development Agency with Vinopolis giving space at a low rent for a year.
Cllr Bowman added: "We don't expect to stay at this site forever and we're already looking at the possibility of establishing a permanent presence in the Millennium Bridge area. But wherever the centre ends up, there is no better place for tourists to begin their enjoyment of Southwark and everything it has to offer."
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