The liberty

of the clink

London's Bankside is changing fast. This former working class district was once dominated by the smelly industries of tanning, brewing, venager distilling or bolier-making. Today this is a chic neigbourhood that still retains a bit of grit in the oyster. Join me away from the tourist crowds as we unearth its secret history.

Underneath Bankside's upmarket but decidedly bohemian exterior is a chaotic history of raunch and rebellion. Join me for an exploration of the seedier side of the Bankside story - with its brothels, bishops, burnings, burials and beheadings.

Twice - although centuries apart - Bankside was at the heart of events which threatened the very existence of the state. Find out just how the term 'drag queen' was coined in Bankside and discover the darkest secrets of the best (and most well-appointed) little whorehouse in London.

We will explore ghost signs and ghost factories, graveyards and frost fares. And we will see a bit of the modern making and craft that's at the very heart of Bankside's contemporary revival. We can begin or end our adventures in Borough Market for some of London's best street food or for a proper sit-down meal with top-class seasonal ingredients enjoyed in a brilliant historic setting.