Every district of London has its own identity. From upmarket Chelsea to the more working class areas of the East End. Southwark which as its name suggests is on the South bank of the river Thames was long seen as a rather disreputable area, home to theatres such as Shakespeare’s globe, the clink a notorious medieval prison and the barber surgeons of St. Thomas hospital.
A few weeks ago I received an exciting e.mail from Silver travel advisor, a website for the mature traveller. I learnt that I had won a twinkling Thames cruise aboard the paddle steamer Waverley and a night bed and breakfast at the Croydon Hilton in the monthly draw. The prize was provided by Just Go Holidays
PS Waverley claims to be the last ocean going paddle steamer. She was launched in 1946 to take passengers for cruises on the Scottish lochs. Her name comes from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Originally she was owned by the LNES railway company and provided excursions for rail passengers to Scotland. However these excursions became less popular as more people bought cars and train travel went out of fashion.
PS Waverley is now owned and operated as a charity by a preservation trust who have lovingly restored her. They take her around the British Isles, spending the Spring in Scotland, before moving down to Liverpool and later the West country before sailing on the Thames in the Autumn. My husband sailed on her about fifty years ago when she was much newer but this was my first time on board. Continue reading “P.S. Waverley Thames Cruise to Tower Pier”