Southwark: where Londoners come to unwind.

Southwark was just beyond the range of London's local law-makers. It was the haunt of the Elizabethan pleasure-seekers. Among their destinations were the Hope, Rose, Swan and Globe theatres.

Public alehouses, bawdy houses, and bear-baiting arenas (shown here) also featured here. Establishments like these irritated the authorities in Shakespeare's time, and were the focus for many an unruly crowd.

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Two arenas in Southwark, London.: 'The Bowll bay-ryng' and  'The Beare bay-ring.'
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