Southwark and Lambeth, the Bankside area of SE1, are some of the oldest parts of London, and in fact Southwark appears in the Domesday Book. In mediaeval times it was a red light district and was also known for its prisons and its theatres, amongst which was Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was the introduction of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century that had the most sudden and significant impact on the area, which sadly made it a target in WWII when it was heavily damaged. However, since then, the area has received a large amount of attention and funding to aid regeneration and redevelopment.
The area underwent extensive regeneration in the last decade, as did a number of other areas along the south bank of the Thames. The area is very popular with national and international corporations and professional practices as the City is within walking distance of Southwark. If you’re looking for a quiet drink in a local pub or even a decent night out, you can find both very easily in Southwark. Borough Market is well loved by locals and tourists alike and known for its varied fruit, vegetable and delicatessen stands.
The river front is now an eclectic mix of converted Victorian wharves, post-war public buildings (such as the Royal Festival Hall) and modern architectural offerings, such as City Hall. Along the river front are a number of luxury executive apartments, many of which are conversion apartments, such as the extremely popular Burrells Wharf and Clink Wharf. There’s also a significant amount of new development near Borough tube station.
The Tate Modern art gallery, the Globe theatre (a replica of the original that burned down in the early 17th century), the Old Vic, the National Theatre, National Film Theatre and Hayward Gallery are all to be found in the area, as well as a number of bars and restaurants.
London Bridge - National Rail, Northern line and Jubilee line
Southwark – Jubilee line
Waterloo - National Rail, Northern line, Jubilee line and Bakerloo line