Please check garden opening times before starting your walk.
See also ‘A walk around Kennington’.
This walk is not suited for those with mobility issues as it includes some steep stone steps.
Stepping out of Borough tube station, take a breath in the little grassed churchyard by the impressive church of St George the Martyr. Walk down Borough High Street and, tucked down an alleyway on your right, you’ll find the National Trust’s George Inn, London’s only galleried inn (featured in Dickens’ Little Dorrit). Back on Borough High Street, carry on towards the Market.
Rather than entering the market here, follow the pavement around it towards London Bridge. Just as you reach Number 2 London Bridge on your left, look for steps down towards Glaziers' Hall. At the bottom, turn right and take in the river view opposite the rear entrance to Southwark Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral, go right down the glazed walkway; as well as the Cathedral itself, the herb garden at the rear is worth a look, and, should you need a coffee break, there is a little courtyard café.
Leaving the Cathedral, turn left and head through Borough Market. If you’re walking on Saturday, enjoy the sights and smells of the market; on Sunday the stalls are closed, but many of the restaurants are still open. Turn right into the arcaded section and, once out of the market, cross over at Park Street and take the first left onto Redcross Way, signposted ‘The Borough’. At the end, cross over Southwark Street and under the arch of Redcross Way. Stop off in the historic The Boot and Flogger – London’s first real wine bar. Opposite you’ll see Cross Bones Graveyard – a medieval paupers’ graveyard with its iron memorial gate festooned with ribbons dedicated to the ‘Outcast Dead’. The beautiful Garden of Remembrance is open on some weekends.
A little further along Redcross Way is the picturesque Red Cross Garden established by Octavia Hill, whose motto was ‘happy homes, open spaces, forever, for everyone’. At the end of Redcross Way, cross over onto Mint Street, at the end of which you’ll reach Mint Street Park.
Come out of the little park onto Weller Street, past Charles Dickens Primary School and down Toulmin Street. At the end, turn left onto Great Suffolk Street. Once over Borough High Street, you will arrive at Trinity Church Square and the neighbouring Merrick Square, where, as well as the beautiful gardens, you can enjoy music and refreshments. If there’s time, stop in at The Roebuck and walk up Great Dover Street back to Borough Tube.