Look around and take in the rich history of this once industrial backdrop
"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
"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
"For me the Southbank is one of the finest places to take a stroll in the whole of the city."Thomas Holmes
Where do Southwark 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.
Submitted by Rachel
Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.
Submitted by Alex
An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.
Submitted by Stephen
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!
Submitted by Dan
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!
Submitted by Dan
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!
Submitted by Matthew
Golden Hinde II
Is there anything more English than Morris dancing in front of Sir Francis Drake's galleon!?
Submitted by Dan
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!
Submitted by Rosie
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.
Submitted by Trish
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.
Submitted by John
Very impressive meat dishes cooked in a proper American smoker. The ribs are fantastic!
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!
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Why do you find Southwark a great place to live?
"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 ... more
"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."
What do you like about Southwark?
Did you know?
"Looking closely at the clocks on St George the Martyr church on Borough High Street, you will notice that the clock face facing Bermondsey is black and unlit at night whilst the other are all white and illuminated. Apparently the Bermondsey parishioners were not forthcoming with their contributions to the church when it was being built!"
Child-friendly activities near Southwark
Our Teacher's A TrollRoundabout 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 ConversationsImperial 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.
Crazy ChimpsCrazy 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
NCT SE1 Bumps and Babes GroupDel 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
Up Club-Drop InThe 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
Mini Moles babies groupMuseum of London Shop
Learn, play and explore together. Website
Little Moles toddlers groupMuseum of London Shop
This is a fun session for children who are walking-5 years and their carers and involves hands-on creative activities, exploring the galleries, songs, stories and refreshments. Website
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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Why not explore some other local areas:
- Elephant and Castle
- Covent Garden
- West End
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