£25 Known to Georgian London as the Surry Side, London’s Southbank at Waterloo was home in 1773 to Astley’s Amphitheatre, where Captain Astley rode his horse in the circle or ‘ring’
Known to Georgian London as the Surry Side, London’s Southbank at Waterloo was home in 1773 to Astley’s Amphitheatre, where Captain Astley rode his horse in the circle or ‘ring’ which is now considered as the birthplace of the world’s first modern circus. From the Georgian Pleasure Gardens of Vauxhall and Southwark, the Southbank was born and is now the home of contemporary art, artists, writers, performers and entertainers – the Southbank centre, National Theatre, Haywood Gallery, Tate Modern and the Old and Young Vic Theatres. This walk by Stephen Bull will take members to the humblest of all Georgian buildings at the heart of the Southbank, which are rare 1826 survivors from the wrecker’s ball and slum clearance of the 1970s and are now amongst the most desirable and expensive Georgian properties in this part of London.
Part of a series of four walks from Vauxhall to Southwark. London’s South Bank has always been London’s pleasure ground and Stephen Bull, a long-time resident of the area and a repairer of Georgian buildings, will be looking at the Georgian development of the South Bank from Vauxhall to Southwark in a series of walks to enlighten, educate and amuse. The other walks in the series are:
2 March: Vauxhall to Kennington
13 April: Kennington to Lambeth North
4 May: Lambeth North to Waterloo
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