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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

"There are some fantastic properties in Elephant & Castle like those in Strata SE1 that have amazing views!"

James Glen

"London's Southbank never fails to entertain with its food markets, restaurants, street art, shows, and exhibitions. It's my favourite place in London!"

James Blackler

What is your favourite place?

Where do Southwark and surrounding areas locals go?

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.

The Refinery

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

Oblix

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

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.

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!

Golden Hinde II

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

Tate Modern

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

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 Thirsty Bear

The only pub where you can pull your own pints from your table! Every table also has its own iPad from which you can order drinks and food - the novelty will never wear off!

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!

Flat Iron Square

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

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.

Porky's

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

Udderbelly Festival

A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!

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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.

Up Club-Drop In

The Unicorn Theatre
Join the Unicorn Play Club for free drop-in activities from portrait painting and potato printing to giant jenga and more! Just turn up to join. Website

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

Mother and Baby Yoga

Embody Wellness
Mother and baby postnatal classes are a great way to meet and share with other mums in the local area. Classes are suitable for babies from newborn to crawling. For mums, it's recommended waiting six weeks after a natural birth and eight weeks after a caesarean. Website

NCT SE1 Bumps and Babes Group

Del Aziz,
Bumps and Babes groups are informal get togethers which are there to help parents to meet one another in a local venue. Anyone is welcome to come to a Bumps and Babes group. You don't have to be a NCT member. Website

Crazy Chimps

Crazy Chimps
Go ape and be pampered at Crazy Chimps in Kennington - an indoor playzone, café and beauty salon for kids (and adults!) Crazy Chimps has play areas and equipment suitable for little ones between the ages of three months to 13 years old. And there's something for all sizes with the castle, slide, swings, trampoline, ball pit, educational play equipment and touch-screen games. There are further facilities for arts and crafts, a cinema, disco and indoor entrainment room, and, if it all gets a bit too much, there's even a quiet reading area with iPads for everyone to use. Website
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