Bankside

LEFT: The Anchor, once a haunt for pirate and smugglers, is now a beautiful pub situated on the riverside. It also has a bar outside which is fabulous on a summers day. Turn left out of the pier and walk along the river, underneath the Southwark Bridge arch and shortly you’ll arrive at the pub: INFO Just a stones throw further along, and underneath a big railway arch, is the The Clink Prison Museum. It’s fun, informative and interactive for both adults and children. INFO If you continue past The Clink, down a narrow street, you will see the remains of Winchester Palace on your right. Keep going straight ahead and you will see The Golden Hinde – a full-size replica of the Golden Hind (launched 1577). This makes for a fabulous visit – all children should experience it! INFO

The Anchor riverside seating
Arch leading the the Clink Museum
Narrow street leading the to The Golden Hinde

STRAIGHT: Exiting the pier, you will be confronted with the impressive mock Tudor exterior of The Globe Theatre. It is an oak-and-thatch replica of original Elizabethan theatre, showing Shakespeare plays in the open air. I went once on a school visit and the memory stays with me now. Its a fascinating, entertaining experience. INFO

The Globe Theatre by day
The Globe Theatre by night

RIGHT: Set in the former Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern is a gallery dedicated to modern art showcasing world famous exhibitions. Be sure to visit Yayoi Kusama’s visually stunning ‘Infinity Mirror Room’. INFO Further along the river you will arrive at The Founders Arms where I’ve celebrated a few birthdays. It has wonderful views across the Thames over to St Pauls Cathedral so its a very impressive spot – and there’s no hire charge, just book an area for you and your party (when are are allowed parties again!). Serving food and drinks each day, it makes for a good lunch stop too: INFO

Tate Modern
Founders Arms (pic by @foundersarms)

Other photos from this area…

Southwark Cathedral
Steps to the beach
The Golden Hinde
Archway leading to the Clink
Archway leading to the Clink
The Clink

If you visit any of these places, or perhaps somewhere I haven’t mentioned, please let me know via Instagram @coventgardenmum or by email. Id love you hear your experience and perhaps even see some photos! Have a great time…