Southwark (2), London
In St. Mary Overie Dock on the corner of Clink Street is the Golden Hinde; a full size replica of Sir Francis Drakes Tudor warship in which he circumnavigated the globe between 1577 and 1580. Launched in 1973 she has circumnavigated the globe and sailed over 140,000 miles; many more than the original vessel..
It is open to the public providing a slice of Tudor life on board a sailing vessel of the times.
Looking along the North Aisle into the retro-quire. There are a number of monuments to be seen along this aisle including the monument to Richard Humble and a wooden effigy which is one of the oldest wooden effigies in this country.
Very near the Millenium Bridge and a neighbour of the Tate Modern is this reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre which was founded by the American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Guided tours are available when a performance is not in progress.
A portion of the original Globe itself was excavated from which two important inferences were drawn: that it was a 20-sided building with a diameter of 100 feet.
Between Southwark Cathedral and the Golden Hinde is this part of the great hall of Winchester Palace, built in the early 13th century as the London house of the Bishops of Winchester, including the striking rose window which adorns the west gable. Most of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1814.
Opposite the Millenium Bridge is the Tate Modern to which entry is free. The building is the old Bankside Power Station which has been suitably converted with the old turbine hall forming a dramatic entrance area as well as being a display space for very large sculptural projects and the old boiler house next to it became the galleries.
This shows the old turbine hall and you can see just how enormous it is. There are seven floors with a cafe and restaurant on the top floor with amazing views across the Thames to St. Paul's Cathedral.
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