Non-trivial tour guide and travel advisor Daryna Venger

Southwark + Tate Modern gallery

For a good start, we will stock up on coffee in a unique Mangio Pasta & Bottega. From there, we will move across the Southwark area on the amazing Millennium Bridge, on which every chewed gum on the ground is painted! Southwark, an area in south London, has been home to many famous people throughout history. We will talk about William Shakespeare, a famous playwright and poet, who lived in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He spent most of his career working at The Globe Theatre, which we will also see along with the cathedral where Shakespeare’s brother is buried.

We will see the sites of Charles Dickens — a famous writer of the Victorian era, who wrote about this area in his novel «Little Dorrit». Of course, we will also discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, a medieval poet and author of the Canterbury Tales, who lived in Southwark in the 14th century. He was appointed Customs officer in the port of London, which was located here.

Gossip about the legendary Samuel Pepys, the author of priceless diaries of the 17th century. He wrote a lot about the area in his diary, describing the notable sights — all of which we will visit! John Harvard, the founder of Harvard University, was also born here in 1607! And his neighbor in the 18th century was William Blake, a romantic poet and artist (known for his works such as «The Tyger» and «The Marriage of Heaven and Hell», and the dragon from the back of a killer in the film «The Silence of the Lambs». Finally, we will visit the hospital where Florence Nightingale worked — a pioneer nurse and healthcare reformer!

In the second part of the tour, we will visit Tate Modern. The British National Museum of modern art from around the world is located in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. An impressive Turbine Hall stretches throughout the building, and you can see amazing works by artists such as Cezanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock, Warhol, and Bourgeois for free. And it was worth it! Even the building itself, and the presentation of art objects here are grandiose!

The third part of the tour is located around Borough Market, which has about 1000 years of history. It will be like a history book of illustrations of food production over the centuries that came to life, we will learn the history of famous English cheeses in an ancient cheese factory, the history of cider in a legendary cider factory, and we will understand why truffle is so valuable and where King Charles III has fun with mustard. Here, in this historic place, you will find an incredible range of dishes from all over Britain and the rest of the world – and each dish has its own history.

Where will you go for lunch in such a complex diverse area? You won’t believe it — we will try the Israeli famous Shuk! We are waiting for the most delicious salted beef on the planet and an impressive stuffed eggplant! Oh, I almost forgot — and some quince cider!