By David Uribe Saenz De Camara, PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Friday 22nd October saw 13 tribology PhD students joining the “London City of Sin” walking tour and discovering that darker history that cannot be learnt from books. This activity was undertaken as a team building exercise to help integrate new students into the group as mingling in a non-academic environment has not been possible since the Covid outbreak.
Around 6PM, the group headed to Waterloo and stocked up on refreshments as preparation for the 2.5-hour walk. At 7PM, they met their tour guide Vincent and started the stroll along South Bank -now an iconic area but once a medieval red-light district-. They walked through both landmarks and some of the lesser-known side streets, and heard fascinating stories from history, of Shakespeare, vice, gore, and lust. Around 9.30PM, the walking tour came to an end, and some energetic students finished the day with a drink in the iconic pub “The Mudlark”.
We are thankful to the Graduate School Research Community Fund for their financial support to sponsor the walking tour and help us improving the engagement in the Tribology research community.