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Golden Hinde II

Golden Hinde II

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

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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!

London Grind

London Grind

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

Ting at the Shangri-La

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!

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano

The food and the vibe.. Urban Farmers Market & street food supremo!

Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal's Yard Dairy

Sourcing and selling the best of British and Irish cheeses. Make sure you check out Neal's Yard Dairy when you're wandering through Borough Market.

Flat Iron Square

Flat Iron Square

An outdoor food and entertainment venue under the railway arches in Bankside.

Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen

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!

Porky's

Porky's

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

The Young Vic

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.

Tate Modern Kitchen & Bar

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.

Konditor & Cook

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 Refinery

The Refinery

An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

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

Why not explore the nearby areas of Borough, City, Elephant and Castle, Covent Garden, Barbican, Kennington, Holborn, West End, Westminster and Clerkenwell

"The name Elephant and Castle derives from a coaching inn that was once situated on the site, which is even mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'."

The buzz around Waterloo really gives you the vibrant London vibe...

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It is awe inspiring when you stop and think of all the history and events that have occurred right where you are standing beside The Golden Hind...

James Glen

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

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What locals say about Southwark

  1. Southwark is home to London Bridge station for easy access to anywhere, and the attractions of The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and Borough Market promote different cultures from all over the world. Steeped in history with butlers wharf as well as one of the largest universities of Europe in Kings College. With amazing views of Tower Bridge every night, i can't think of anywhere else in the world I would rather be right now.

  2. Eclectic mix of residential, commercial & cultural facilities. No need for cars, walk along the Southbank & take in the finest views of the capital, ie St. Pauls, Westminster, The London Eye, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, National Theatre & of course the beautiful Thames River winding it's round to the City & beyond. Experience London at it's best.

About Southwark

Southwark is a district of London, and the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Southwark. Situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Charing Cross, it forms one of the oldest parts of central London and fronts the River Thames to the north. It historically formed an ancient borough in the county of Surrey, made up of a number of parishes, which increasingly came under the influence and jurisdiction of the City of London. As an inner district of London, Southwark experienced rapid depopulation during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Borough is generally an area of mixed development, with council estates, major office developments, social housing and high value residential gated communities side by side with each other.

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