Booze and the Borough

The Tour

O for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth.

John Keats knew how to appreciate his wine. It is with his words that we begin an exploration of the story of booze and the Borough. It finishes with a time when wine was at the heart of English life.

At the Tabard Inn - Caxton 1483 - Booze and the Borough

At the Tabard Inn

The Borough is redolent of beer and wine, of hops and hospitality.

Workmen at Barclay Perkins Brewery 1872 - Booze and the Borough

Workmen at Barclay Perkins Brewery 1872

Stroll down Borough High Street where coaches, travellers clutching to their roofs, erupted from narrow entranceways, setting off at first light into Kent.

Hop factors and warehouses evoke laden wagons arriving from Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

A memorial lists hopworkers of the area lost to the First World War; the local trade itself was to follow them.

This tour tells of London’s largest brewery, and of a very dangerous umbrella. It celebrates the grain and the grape, and trade both in times past and today.

For a taster of this tour, click HERE to read my Footprints of London blog item about a family at the heart of the hop trade.

If you like this …

Other Charnowalks which go south of the River include A Dickens of a City and Shakespeare – Take Him for All in All

Details – Booze and the Borough

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details

REMEMBER that these details are NOT for the virtual version of this tour!

MEET: Opposite the Shangri La Hotel at the Shard, St Thomas Street SE1 9QU (London Bridge station)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: Borough Market, near London Bridge station

If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons


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