Most people know London is a series of villages that have, over the centuries, mashed together.
But in some ways Londoners still very much have a village mentality, in that they are extremely reluctant to visit a new or different part of town. Go south/north of the river – are you joking?!?!
So I wouldn’t normally venture to Southwark especially -shudder – Elephant & Castle (a gritty area that’s having £1.5bn invested in it) but I was invited to see the rather swish new hostel Safestay and go on a tour led by Blue Badge guide Sophie Campbell.
Fascinating stuff – tales of poverty, regeneration, Dickens, Chaplin, London’s oldest apothecary and some quirky shops & cafes (I definitely want to go back and check out the Electric Elephant).
I think my pics concentrate on the gritty side of things too much but it was a fascinating journey and reminded me that there’s much of London I have yet to explore. Next stop – the Hindu temple in Neasdon!