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Mayflower,Riverside Village, Time Warp London


6.15 pm on Tuesdays (not 24, 31 Dec) and 10.45 a.m. on Sundays from Bermondsey Tube (Jubilee line)


Just turn up – advance booking not required.


In partnership with London Walks. £9 per person / £7 concessions.



“The sun set; the dusk fell on the stream, and lights began to appear along the shore…”


Now the curtain rises upon a different scene.


1st Miracle: we’re only a 7-minute tube ride away from the Houses of Parliament

.2nd Miracle: we’re 500 years away;

3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. (Was to Gulliver – it’s where he sailed from)

4th Miracle: the Mayflower – the Pilgrim Father’s pub – is here (let alone a king’s palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain’s gibbet, a prince’s tomb and a pirate’s pub).

5th Miracle: the 8th Wonder of the World is here (yes, we’re talking the underground cathedral – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s tunnel under the Thames).

6th Miracle: we’re going down into the 8th Wonder of the world, down into the underground cathedral – even though it’s locked and closed to the public. Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancienth Rotherhithe we’ll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe…


Please Note: Access to the Grand Entrance Hall is severely restricted – we stoop through a short tunnel to descend by temporary staircase into a huge chamber, half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, but hidden underground. Visitors with any concerns should contact the Brunel Museum beforehand. An analogy? Well, that low tunnel is not unlike the entryway to a bomb shelter; indeed, it’s about the same height as the tunnel into the Great Pyramid (though this tunnel takes you into a “Great Pyramid” – okay, an enormous silo – that opens downwards).

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

There’s a walk  this morning!

Go on! You know you want to!

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