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Southwark and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Southwark and surrounding areas

"The regeneration of the Lambeth area is continuing at a pace...keep your eye on this part of London."

Thomas Holmes

"Nothing screams London more than the South Bank, the capital's bustling epicentre..."

James Glen

"The tallest building in the EU, Borough Market and a stunning setting along the Thames - London Bridge has it all!"

Thomas Holmes

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Where do Southwark and surrounding areas locals go?

Tate Modern Kitchen & Bar

Nothing quite like sitting down with a cold, crisp glass of wine after a stroll along the south bank. The bar on the 6th floor of Tate Modern also comes with one of the best views in town AND the added benefit of supporting a fantastic arts institution. Later weekend opening times make this a great place to watch the sunset.

The Young Vic

A small theatre where all the seating has good angles. Reasonable ticket prices and performances by extremely talented people. There is also a food and drink area.

Aqua Shard

Not a bad way to start your day with breakfast at the Shard!


Very impressive meat dishes cooked in a proper American smoker. The ribs are fantastic!

The View From the Shard

A really nice afternoon out if you are new to London, have visitors or just want something to do one day. Amazing uninterrupted views over London and on a clear day you can see for over 30 miles!

Golden Hinde II

Is there anything more English than Morris dancing in front of Sir Francis Drake's galleon!?

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Whilst there have been many new entries into the London burger market, GBK remains a firm favourite. The Don burger is a thing of beauty!

Ting at the Shangri-La

On the 35th floor of the Shard, Ting delivers the astonishing views that you would expect. What I didn't expect was the incredible food that was pretty good value for money - £55 for four mouth-watering courses and the prettiest dessert I've ever seen!

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum offers a wealth of collections to explore - head to the Extraordinary Heroes gallery to discover the real-life stories of courage behind the Victoria Cross and George Cross medals awarded for bravery.

Bateaux London Cruises

A great way to see London with a variety of different cruises along the Thames. You can even opt for Sunday lunch whilst listening to a live jazz band!

London Grind

The best coffee on a bridge! They also sell delicious cocktails and food too.

Konditor & Cook

They have a few stores around, but this is the best. Curly Whirly cake is the food stuff of legends, the most chocolatey chocolate cake ever!

The Clink Prison Museum

Set on the site of one of England's oldest prisons, this museum is a great day out for all the family!

Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen

Enjoy a burrito and a beer at this Mexican street kitchen on the Southbank, just outside the Royal Festival Hall! Arriba!


A special occasion place - beautifully prepared food and stunning views.

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Our Teacher's A Troll

Roundabout Theatre
Paines Plough and Half Moon present a family comedy in Paines Plough's award-winning pop-up theatre, Roundabout. Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny - until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail. Website

Object Conversations

Imperial War Museum London
Explore objects from the collections and see they connect with iconic objects on display in the new atrium and Terraced Galleries. Feel the weight of a shrapnel piece from the First World War and come to grips with real objects from the museum's collections.

Ann Bernadt Baby Massage

Ann Bernadt Children's Centre
Drop in sessions to learn and practise how to massage your baby. Website

Clapham Playgroup

St John the Evangelist Church Hall
A playgroup for babies and toddlers. Tea and biscuits for the grown ups and light snacks for the children lots of toys and space to run around and a sing song at the end. Day: Wednesdays Time: 10.00-12 noon Where: St John the Evangelist Church Hall Clapham Road SW9 9AR Age range: Babies and toddlers Donation: £2 per child £3 family Contact: claphamplaygroup@claphamnct.com Website

Ann Bernadt Stay and Play

Ann Bernadt Children's Centre
Fun filled activity sessions to stimulate the minds of young children and to help parents to become actively involved in their children's lives. Website

Mulberry Centre Childminder Drop In

Mulberry Centre is housing drop in sessions for local childminders. Group is coordinated by Jessop Children's Centre. With two play rooms and lovely grounds, including a sand pit and play areas, it is a great space to visit and spend quality time with your young children. Website

Ann Bernadt Music and Movement

Ann Bernadt Nursery School
At Ann Bernadt Nursery, we realise how important it is for parents to take an active role in the development of their children. Using songs to help your child understand language and to improve their speech is a wonderful way that parents can interact and teach at the same time, and also have alot of fun along the way. Website
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