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Calligraphy trail on Borough High Street

See literary legends brought to life on Bankside's historic street
Nicole Gordon

Literary legends of Bankside have been brought to life through a series of installations by Master Calligrapher Paul Antonio. Historic Borough High Street, one of London’s oldest throroughfares, was walked by Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare. A plaque on Talbot Yard marks the site of The Tabard Inn, the site from which Chaucer's pilgrims set off in 1386. Shakespeare and Dickens were known to have drank at the National Trust’s The George Inn, dating back to the 16th century.

Quotes from these writers have been inscribed on window panes in the letterforms of the period, a special commission as part of London Design Festival. Walk the calligraphy trail along Borough High Street and through the medieval Inns and Yards, until mid October. 

You can find the calligraphy on the following buildings/businesses: 

  • Natwest, 10 Southwark Street
  • Viapath, White Hart Yard
  • Heeltap, White Hart Yard
  • HSBC, 28 Borough High Street
  • St. Christopher's Inn, 165 Borough High Street
  • Premier Inn, 135 Borough High Street
  • Richmond Pharmacology, 1A Newcomen Street
  • John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street
  • Pearlfinders, 166 Borough High Street
  • The Office Group, 201 Borough High Street
  • The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, 106-114 Borough High Street
  • Proun, 90 Borough High Street
  • Great Portland Estates, Kings Head Yard
  • Borough Market, Market Hall
Created Sep 28 2017