Podcast #049: London (South of the River)

A replica aeroplane stands on stilts in front of a 1930s Art Deco building. The building is labelled 'Airport House' and the land under the aeroplane is a car park

Welcome to Episode 49 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

Finally, my podcast about London that I’ve been promising for … quite some time. London of course is one of the world’s biggest and most visited cities, so why am I talking about it? Well, here I’m going Beyond The Monopoly Board to bring you thoughts and information from places you might not have heard of, with help from some of the people who live there. This is as much a learning curve for you listening as it has been for me making – there’s quite a few of these boroughs I’ve not been to yet.

When I was writing it, I quickly realised there was so much to say about them, and, you know, because there were so many of them, that I figured I’d have to split the subject over, well, three episodes as it turns out. The second episode is here, and the third episode is here. This episode is on those boroughs of London South Of The River, and as it turns out I talk about them all at least briefly, except Lambeth. Sorry Lambeth, but you’re just too touristy (ymmv on Southwark though).

Topics discussed include:

  • Brief overview of my socialising life
  • A farewell to Laura
  • Why London?
  • Bexley – Big Houses, Guns, and Piers
  • Greenwich – The River, The Prime Meridian, and a special McDonalds
  • Bromley – Underground, Overground, but Womble-Free
  • Lewisham – Cats, Stuffed Cats, and a 2000 year stone circle
  • Southwark – Scandinavian saunas in unlikely places, Sitcoms, and more things under the ground
  • Croydon – A palace (destroyed), an airport (closed), and some dinosaurs (inaccurate)
  • Sutton – Street Art in Middle England
  • Merton – Allah says recycle
  • Wandsworth – Take the train back to 1970s pop culture
  • Kingston – Old Kings, Fake telephone boxes, and a surprising amount of hipsters
  • Richmond – Parklife. And smelly flowers.

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice. Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do. In addition, a PDF transcript of this episode is available by clicking here.

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