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Saints & Sinners of Southwark – Walking Tour
Saints & Sinners of Southwark – Walking Tour

Fri, 24 May


Southwark Cathedral

Saints & Sinners of Southwark – Walking Tour

Maria Beadell's exuberant new tour explores the hidden lives of women in the famously vice-filled borough.

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24 May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA, UK

About The Event

For over two millennia, London's 'south of the river' was associated with debauchery (as well as Shakespeare, King Henry VIII and other famous men). But what of its women?

In this all-new, rollicking walking tour, Maria Beadell is the ‘local whore guide’ leading the group along the river and into Southwark's hidden corners, where women played a key role in its colourful past. From a pagan goddess who inspired orgies, to an infamous brothel owner, to an extremely unlucky nun, participants are introduced to a host of feminine heroines who once haunted the bankside backstreets, either in body or spirit. Expect street theatre, character acting and a fresh perspective on a darkly historical area of the capital. At the end of the journey, attendees have the option to join Maria for a tipple in a local Edwardian pub.

Meet outside Southwark cathedral at 18.50 – tour leaves at 19:00 precisely. Duration: between 1.5 – 2 hours, ending at Red Cross Gardens. Photos may be taken, but recording or filming of the tour is not allowed.

Maria Beadell is an independent writer, performer, actor and founder of Herstorical Tours. She is fascinated by women's history in the capital.


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