London Southwark

It is only two stops in the Tube from Old Street where we are to London Bridge on the south bank of the Thames. We waited outside Southwark Cathedral to meet our Irish friend Brona and her two year old Sean. Compared to Friday the weather was cool, with threatening cloud.

I popped into the cathedral while we waited. It deserves its own post, a breath of fresh air in many ways, with simplicity, humanity and beauty mingling to create a welcoming peaceful space.

Our friend arrived so we entered the buzz of Borough Market, one of London's oldest and busiest food markets. It is held under the railway viaduct at Borough, a great setting and easily accessible from all directions.

We bought cherries and felafel rolls, then escaped from the crush to sit by the river and eat …. but not for long, as rain began falling, so it was time for tea and coffee in a snug next to the Golden Hind.

We had time to chat and laugh a bit, in the disjointed way you do with a two year old!

Brona left us, so we went back for a proper look inside Southwark Cathedral, then wandered along the Jubilee Walkway past the new Globe Theatre, built as a replica of Shakespeare's Globe.

The Tate Modern is next along the river bank, and who could resist?

We even bought tickets to see the Matisse Cut Outs, although we had to wait two hours to get in. Stuart says he will never complain about Australian galleries being crowded again! The Matisse was breathtaking, such a fabulous exhibit, but photography was not allowed, so google it if you are interested, or look out for it to come to a gallery near you sometime in the future.

We were allowed to take photos elsewhere in the Tate …. this one is Picasso's Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932.

Looking under a piece of the Millenium Bridge downriver to Southwark bridge, and Tower bridge beyond it … as the afternoon wore on the sunshine returned. We walked across the Millenium Bridge towards St Pauls Cathedral, met a huge group of young people dressed as animals … here are a few of them …

and a fascinating artist known as Chewing Gum man who has been painting tiny images on the bridge for ten years …. I will do another post on him too … he told me his name was Ben Wilson but I have yet to look him up online.

There is a great view of the Shard from the bridge!

This shot is looking from the Tate end of the bridge back towards St Paul's ….

After viewing the Matisse we were exhausted and headed for home, back to London Bridge Tube station. Look how the sun lit up the buildings in the afternoon! The London skyline is changing fast.

Today we take the train back to Paris, not quite the homeward journey yet, as we have five days each in Brittany and Paris to enjoy first.


12 thoughts on “London Southwark

    • you are right on all three, it is! the tube is great too, so easy, clean, with excellent information about where you are and what is next, we have been delighted … a quiet morning now, meeting another friend, then off to Paris, phew πŸ™‚

  1. Borough market is one of my favorite places in London! My favorite passtime! Oh how I Miss London

  2. Whenever I go to London, it’s always in a rush to visit someone. It’s been years since I just browsed around. Borough market is awesome except for the smell of meat cooking! I’ve yet to see the Shard except in yours and Isobel’s photos. Tate Modern is probably my favourite gallery apart from the Musee D’Orsay πŸ™‚

  3. I lived and worked in London for many many years so I’m always fascinated to see what others see. And you don’t disappoint! One of my favourite spots is the cafe in the Tate Modern – a greta place to look ove rthe river and watch the world go by. An dI must get to that exhibition!

  4. The beauty of the cathedral! My goodness it’s spectacular. You captured some absolutely wonderful sights along the way and your journeys have been varied and mixed, giving you so much natural beauty and then at other times the special encounters of the museums and great artists. I enjoyed a special exhibit of Matisse a number of years ago and recall it as a favorite. The Picasso reminds me of the time I had an open art book on a table in my home and a piano student went home and told her parent what she’d seen. He called me later accusing me of having pornography in my home! I laugh now, but was not laughing then. After much discussion we mutually parted ways. I wasn’t too comfortable with someone who thought abstract art was pornography. He’d have flipped over this one. πŸ™‚ What a marvelous time you’re having. How fortunate!

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