At a family party last weekend, my cousin's wife said she wanted to come and see the gates at Cross Bones Graveyard, (my mum had been telling her about it), and also other hiddens gems in my neighbourhood. She lives in west london bit wants to walk around and see old, hidden parts of this area that you wouldnt necessarily find in printed books about London walks.
So where should I take her? Theres a few things she wants to include, like The George Inn, and Southwark Cathedral, but what other secrets can I show? Things along the lines of Cross Bones and the wall of the old debtors prison. My minds blank can only think of obvious spots like down by the clink, or up through shad thames to bermondsey....
If you are visiting the cross bones gates, then it would be a shame to miss out on the small, but beautifully maintained Red Cross Gardens, with their association to Octavia Hill, or the recently installed sign at Dog and Pot Corner opposite Southwark tube ( or any of the other Charles Dickens connections in SE1).
Although it's not in Southwark, a walk over London Bridge to see the church of St Magnus the Martyr is worth it. To stand under its portico that was part of the thoroughfare of the old London Bridge is quite magical.
The operating theatre is still free during open house day in September. Go to see the (foundations of) Rose theatre - It's inside a building on Union Street. Not sure how easy it is to get in though, but worth a try.