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Thursday 16th May 2013

From Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake to the Shard - the changing face of London Bridge and the Southbank...





Elizabethan England in the late 1500s was highlighted by the great writer and courageous sailors like Sir Francis Drake, first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth and Sir Walter Raleigh who brought tobacco to England. 






A reconstruction of Drake’s ship, the Golden Hinde, is on view near The Old Thameside Inn near London Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is a popular Southbank landmark and the fruits of Raleigh’s work can be found in all tobacconists’.  





Today Elizabethan Southbank is overshadowed by The Shard, the megastructure at London Bridge Station but as well as at The Globe,  memories of Elizabethan times can be found in many an old pub scattered around this new monument to the 21st century. 


Why not make the short trip to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to learn more about Elizabeth’s sailors – see our blog “Greenwich, Picasso and Fleet Street”




What would Elizabeth I and her sailors have made of the present London skyline? 








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