Southbank, Borough and its charming surrounding cobble street areas along the River Thames are amongst the most vibrant and stimulating to live in London. The district’s rich history as a place for those seeking entertainment can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages, when local theatres were first established and bear-baiting was all the rage.
These days, the South Bank itself remains an important arts and entertainment area, with the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre taking centre stage. The White Cube Gallery, the IMAX cinema and Royal National Theatre also make up the vast range of cultural pleasures.
Buyers in the area are drawn to its excellent transport links and accessibility to the City, the chance to live amongst famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Shard, and a broad variety of property on offer. From converted warehouses on historic riverside streets such as the highly desirable Shad Thames (featured above) to contemporary new-build developments and riverfront flats, there is something for everyone looking to live in one of London’s most historic areas, which continues to house institutions of such cultural significance today.
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Outstanding local schools include The Charles Dickens Primary School, Oasis Academy and Notre Dame RC Girl’s School. The independent City of London School is a short walk over the river.
Borough Market has existed for over a thousand years, today it attracts visitors from all over the world with its variety of food stalls. Brindisa and Roast are among two of the most popular seated restaurants. Further along the River, Pont de la Tour is remarkable in its luxurious riverside location in Shad Thames, with exceptional views over Tower Bridge.
Bermondsey Street is packed with bars and there is a range of good pubs all over. The OXO Tower rooftop bar has stunning views across the river and the City of London. Bar Elba is another busy rooftop bar, with a seasonal ice rink.
Potters Fields Park (featured), a small public park, runs along the river, next to City Hall, while Leathermarket Gardens in Bermondsey contains open walking spaces and formal gardens.
The area’s outstanding transport facilities are one of the main attractions for residents. National Rail services from London Bridge, Waterloo and Blackfriars link London to the south of England. Tube stations include London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines), Southwark (Jubilee line), Waterloo (Jubilee, Bakerloo, Northern, Waterloo & City lines), Borough (Northern line), and Bermondsey (Jubilee line).