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.
The Charles Dickens Primary School (featured) is currently rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, while the ARK Globe Academy in nearby Elephant & Castle, rated “good” by Ofsted, runs up to secondary level. The excellent independent City of London School is located just over the river.
Having been serving the people of Southwark for over 1,000 years, Borough Market (featured) now attracts visitors from all over the world, featuring a range of gourmet fast food and fresh seasonal produce. Brindisa and Roast are among two of the most popular restaurants in the market for those looking to sit down.
Bermondsey Street is packed with bars, and throughout the area there is a wealth of good pubs. For delicious cocktails with stunning views across the river and City of London, don’t miss OXO Tower’s rooftop bar (featured).
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.