Look around and take in the rich history of this once industrial backdrop
"An absolute foodie's dream...stock up or just treat yourself to some great street food from the finest suppliers!"James Glen
"There's plenty of attractions along South Bank to be explored..."Thomas Holmes
"The tallest building in the EU, Borough Market and a stunning setting along the Thames - London Bridge has it all!"Thomas Holmes
Where do Southwark locals go?
Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.
Submitted by Alex
A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!
Submitted by Daisy
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!
Submitted by Rachel
An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.
Submitted by Stephen
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!
Submitted by Hollie
The best coffee on a bridge! They also sell delicious cocktails and food too.
Submitted by Stuart
Golden Hinde II
Is there anything more English than Morris dancing in front of Sir Francis Drake's galleon!?
Submitted by Dan
The food and the vibe.. Urban Farmers Market & street food supremo!
Submitted by Kaz
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
Flat Iron Square
An outdoor food and entertainment venue under the railway arches in Bankside.
Submitted by Kristina
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.
Submitted by Rachel
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
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
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?
"In 1961, Britain's first self service petrol station was opened and situated on the south side of Southwark Bridge."
Child-friendly activities near Southwark
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.
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
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
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
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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