Bankside has a very old, and salacious, history. It was notorious for the "stews", the riverside taverns and brothels – though they were mostly cleaned up by Shakespeare's day.
It was also the traditional area for the cruel sport of bear baiting and the arrival of playhouses such as the Rose, Swan, Globe and Hope added to the poor reputation.
Many of the famous actors and playwrights of the day lived here and the area is full of history.
Archaeological excavations throughout this area have revealed a vast amount about this important London theatre district.
The walk will be led by Julian Bowsher, expert on Shakespearian London and author of the new book Shakespeare's London theatreland: archaeology, history and drama.
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