I recently played hostess to the youngest brother of a good friend of mine from Canada, and his best friend, on the first leg of a tour of Europe. They are both in their very early 20's and at university - sports mad - but surprisingly keen on history and architecture (or maybe the world has just moved on a lot since I was at university).
We did a lot of the "standard" SE1 touristy things like Borough Market, the South Bank and the Tate and they had a great time just wandering around places like Shad Thames and Clink Street.
They are both passing back through London for a week from 26th September and are keen to do some more stuff in the area, but I'm running out of suggestions.
I've checked out the "Attractions and Museums" section of the site but I was wondering if people had any slightly more off beat and quirky suggestions or things they would recommend to visitors ? Would be good if they were in walking or simple bus ride distance from Borough High Street.
I know its not actually in SE1, but the new docklands museum at canary wharf is fantastic. I went the other day expecting to be in and out within an hour, but was there for about 4 hours! Also its very cheap and very easy to get to.
I think there are also local guided walks around SE1 - not sure if they are free but they can't be too expensive, I wish I had known about it when we had guests. I think there are more details in the hardcopy of the SE1 Newsletter.
I promised to feed back on these suggestions. As said by others above, the Docklands Museum was great fun and they really enjoyed the trip on the DLR. Would highly recommend it to anyone else who needs to amuse visitors.
We tried to hook up with one of the guided walks in SE1, but the timing didn't work out, so went on one in and around the Square Mile instead. Personally, I didn't think it told them much that I (with a copy of Peter Ackroyd's "London") couldn't have done, and the guide was terminally bored and unwilling to go beyond his script.
I, of course, have given credit where it is due and the boys have one more request of the forum - does anyone know a really good Fish and Chip shop in SE1, so they can try it out before they go back on Monday ? Not a posh restaurant, a good, old-fashioned haddock, chip and peas place. A couple of people have recommended Masters on Waterloo Road, but grateful for views or other suggestions.