Borough of Southwark
London Bridge is located in SE1, in the London Borough of Southwark. It is along the River Thames and is bordered by Bermondsey, Woolworth, and Rotherhithe. London Bridge is a real hive for creative, independent businesses ranging from Art to some of the best restaurants in London.
Did you know?
- Borough Market was once known as London's Larder. Until the 1930s it had its own police force called ‘The Beadles’ who were able to arrest people and put them in the cells underneath the market.
- The eye-catching Shard is 309.6 meters high and 95% of construction materials were recycled.
- Southwark was a huge entertainment zone in London. It had many theatres, taverns, cockpits, gambling houses, and brothels. Due to this Southwark was a very dangerous place after dark, with the dangers of mugging and drunkards everywhere.
- Thomas Hans Orde-Lee jumped off Tower Bridge sporting a homemade parachute in 1917 to show its effectiveness in low altitudes and how it could be used by the Royal Air Force. This gave a start to the first parachute regiment.
- There used to be a latin sign above the entrance to the Globe Theatre that said “Totus mundus agit histrionem” meaning “The whole world is a playhouse”. In 1613 the Globe Theatre burnt down after a special effect went wrong on stage.
Look out for
The Shard – See the best view of London from this 95 storey skyscraper! Visit the View From the Shard or visit the restaurant Aqua to enjoy a meal with a view
Tower Bridge – An iconic London monument, Tower Bridge can be seen in all it’s glory from the bank of the Thames along the London Bridge area
Tate Modern – Modern art gallery on the bank of the Thames, this huge building hosts many permanent and guest exhibitions
HMS Belfast – Historic warship and museum open to the public, moored on the River Thames
The Clink Prison – Fun day out for the family, this interactive museum was once a prison until 1970 serving the area known as Liberty of the Clink
Fashion and Textiles Museum – This eye-catching museum on Bermondsey Street shows developments in modern fashion as well a guest exhibitions
Imperial War Museum – A museum that explores this history of War from WW1 to present day
White Cube Gallery – Contemporary art gallery located on Bermondsey Street
The Globe Theatre – Historic theatre showing plays by William Shakespeare, as well as tours around the theatre
The Old Vic – A 1,000 seat theatre with tickets from £10 for a range of high profile shows
Bridge Theatre – A fairly new theatre showing a range of different plays
Unicorn Theatre – A great theatre for kids and teenagers
Bermondsey Street has some great independents shops, including Giddy Grocers, Neal's Yard Dairy, Lovely and British, and Tin Lid. Hay’s Galleria is a redeveloped warehouse which is now covered in a glass ceiling, it hosts many shops, restaurants, offices, and flats.
Pizarro – Modern and spacious Spanish Tapas restaurant founded by Jose Pizarro
Story – Michelin Star fine dining on Tooley Street, Tom Sellers has a seasonal and evolving tasting menu
Union Street Cafe – A Gordon Ramsey restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes
Aqua Shard – Panoramic views of London from this restaurant on the 31st floor of the iconic Shard
Roast – Situated on top of Borough Market, this restaurant serves British classics with a twist, using ingredients from the market downstairs
Borough Market – This historic market dates back to the 12th century, but it now hosts an ever-changing array of incredible food and drinks stalls
Maltby Street Market – Food and drink vendors line the street and restaurants inhabit the old railway arches along the ‘Ropewalk’. It is also a great place to visit some exciting breweries
Flat Iron Square – A great hub for good eating, drinking, and dancing, and it also has a large flea market at the weekends
Mercato Metropolitano – A food market with a great ethos of community and local produce
Woolpack – Quirky pub with cosy booths and a large selection of drinks and pub grub
Market Porter – Traditional pub with an authentic character only a few steps from London Bridge Station
Nine Lives Bar – A hidden gem of a cocktail bar on Bermondsey Street with quirky tropical decor
Balls Brothers – Hay’s Galleria by Balls Brothers Wine bar has a maze of different bars and rooms
Dandelyan – Trendy cocktail bar created by award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana
The George Inn – 17th-century coaching Inn which retains most of its original features and will transport you back to Medieval times
The Wheatsheaf – Bright and airy pub with a great beer garden and an old caravan as the outdoor bar
Katznjammers – Bierkeller near Borough Market, serving traditional Steins and Oom-Pah band
London Bridge has many historical warehouse conversions, modern apartments, Victorian and Georgian terraces, and modern style houses. Some sought after areas include Bermondsey Street, Shad Thames, Borough, and Bermondsey Spa.
There are many options for fast access around central London and the rest of the UK, including the following:
London Bridge is on the Jubilee and Northern Lines
Elephant and Castle is on the Bakerloo and Northern Lines
Southwark is on the Jubilee Line
Waterloo is on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, and Waterloo & City Lines
Borough is on the Northern Line
London Bridge offers good services into the South, in particular, a fast service to Brighton in just over an hour.
Waterloo Station gives good access through trains to the rest of the UK.
Some local bus services include the 1 from Canada water to New Oxford Street, 47 from Lewisham to Shoreditch, 381 from Peckham to Waterloo, and the c10 from Canada Water to Victoria.