Southwark is one of the oldest parts of London, though historically it once was a borough of Surrey, not London. Southwark has existed since the 10th Century (900 AD) when it was known as Suthriganaweorc and in 1066 it was known Sudweca. It belonged to Surrey until 1889 when it was brought into the City of London.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum in Southwark can be found in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park and now owns part of the park, though much of the park still remains open to the general public. The Imperial War Museum has several different branches across London and the rest of the UK. These include the museums in London, Manchester and Duxford as well as Churchill’s War Rooms and HMS Belfast.
Each of these locations contains unique exhibits and information about conflicts around the world but specialises in those that have featured soldiers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth. There are currently exhibits focuses on the events of the First World War through to the present day and a great day out in London for any who want to learn more about the history of modern warfare.
The Parks of Southwark
Southwark is an area of London that houses lots of public parks and makes it the ideal area of London to go when you feel like escaping from the hustle and bustle of the streets. These parks include Southwark Park, Burgess Park, Dulwich Park, Sydenham Hill Wood, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Peckham Rye Park, Long Meadow or Belle Meadow and Belair making it the perfect place to go with an escort to enjoy the quieter side of life.
This park in Southwark was opened in 1934 and was a gift from Viscount Rothermere to the “splendid struggling mothers of Southwark” in memory of his mother and also surrounds the Imperial War Museum.
The park also contains the Soviet War Memorial that commemorates the 27 million citizens of the Soviet Union in the Second World War as well as the Tibetan Peace Garden that was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1999.
London has many different cemeteries but Nunhead is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries and also a local nature reserve. It is the second largest of the Magnificent Seven though it is the least famous. It overlooks London with breathtaking views of St Paul’s Cathedral and other areas of London.