Fame and celebrity haunt our local streets

These days, you can hardly walk past Manze’s without a camera crew getting in your pie.

But ’twas ever thus. Chaucer’s lot left for Canterbury from the Tabard Inn off Borough High Street. Keats lived at Guy’s before flouncing off to Hampstead. Half of Dickens’ characters grind out their miserable existences in the mud and prisons of SE1.

Charlie Chaplin was born off Bricklayer’s Arms. And another geezer with a cane, Maurice Micklewhite, lived dahn the Elephant before he got that job in Italy.

Back home, ancient Jammers claim BBC spy series Spooks shot scenes in B Block. Who told them how to decode the entry door?