London area of Bankside guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Bankside neighbourhood

Five hundred years ago, Bankside was like Soho is today, a bustling, bawdy place, full of taverns, theatres, and seedier pursuits. Though it has cleaned up its act considerably since then, one of those theatres has risen from the grave, and now the timber and plaster of Shakespeare’s Globe again fills with eager theatregoers with a few hotels nearby for a convenient weekend jaunt. Just to the north, another ancient feature has found a new lease of life. One of the best views in London can be had from the middle of the Millennium Bridge, with the giant dome of St. Paul’s forming a perfect counterpoint to the 99-metre chimney of Tate Modern, Britain’s best modern art gallery.

See our recommended nearby Bankside Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Bankside Events

in or near Bankside
Southwark Cathedral Carols & Services
London > Events > Seasonal
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, Bankside, London SE1
Southwark Cathedral has a number of festive services open to the public throughout December. For the Cathedral Carol Services no tickets are required and the bulk ... More
Feed the Minds Carol Concert
London > Events > Seasonal
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, Bankside, London SE1
One of a number of Christmas carol concerts ... More

Bankside Entertainment

in or near Bankside
Rose Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
56 Park Street, Bankside, London SE1
The Rose Theatre was built in 1587 but was only discovered in 1989 during excavations for new office buildings. Two-thirds of the original site were discovered, ... More
Drum Cafe
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close Bridge, Bankside, London SE1
100 people in a room, all armed with a large African drum, banging in unison, until reaching a deafening crescendo - that's the premise of Drum ... More
Menier Chocolate Factory
London > Entertainment > Theatres
53 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1
Housed in a former chocolate factory, this innovative theatre has rapidly established itself as one of London's best. Since opening in 2004, it has had half-a-dozen ... More

Bankside Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Bankside
Golden Hinde
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1
Sir Francis Drake completed the second-ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577-80 in a galleon ship called the Golden Hinde. The ship has been re-created and ... More
The Clink Prison Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
1 Clink Street, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1
Located on what was once the London estate of the Bishops of Winchester (known as the 'Liberty of the Clink'), the Clink Prison Museum unlocks the ... More
Southwark Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
London Bridge, Bankside, London SE1
Dating back to around 1220 Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in London. It has a varied and lively history and houses interesting memorials connected ... More

Bankside Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Bankside
Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
10 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This ... More
The Wine Pantry
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
1 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
The only wine shop in the world selling nothing but English wine, The Wine Pantry in Borough Market offers customers something quite unique. It may come ... More
Borough Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1
Nestled in-between Borough High Street, Bedale Street, Stoney Street and Winchester Walk lives "London's Larder", more formally known as Borough Market. This gourmand's delight is London's ... More

Bankside Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Bankside London?
Feng Sushi
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
13 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
This chain of inexpensive sushi restaurants is never going to win any accolades for service - in the main it’s slow and not particularly helpful. Nevertheless, ... More
Brew Wharf
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
Brew Wharf Yard, Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
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Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
11 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
Perfectly located for a seafood stop-off while taking in the bustling atmosphere of food lovers' Borough Market, the small dining room at The Wright Brothers Oyster ... More

Bankside Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Bankside.
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More
National Trust: George Inn, The George Inn Yard
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Borough High Street, Southwark, Bankside, London SE1
Dating back to 1676 this is the only original galleried inn left in London. Borough High Street was once crammed full of old coaching inns, providing accommodation ... More
The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, Bankside, London SE1
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More

Bankside Nightlife

Bankside clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Rake
London > Nightlife > Bars
14 Winchester Walk, Borough, Bankside, London SE1
Beer is the draw here, over 100 different bottled kinds from all over the world squeezed into the compact space (said to be the smallest bar ... More
Vinopolis Wine Wharf
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1
Their extensive wine list is a veritable treat for connoisseurs and aspiring novices alike; there are 100 wines available by the glass and over 300 wines, ... More
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
1 Bank End, Bankside, London SE1
If you like wine, an afternoon spent exploring the alcoholic delights of Vinopolis is an ideal pursuit. This self-guided tour allows visitors to find out about ... More

Bankside Leisure

Bankside gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel
London > Leisure > Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, Bankside, London SE1
High up on the 52nd floor of the highest hotel in Western Europe sits the highest pool in Western Europe. The 11 by 4 metre ... More
Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, Bankside, London SE1
It's a relief to step into Snowsfields Wellness, with its shelves of carefully selected healthy and organic products. Unlike plenty of other places, each of the ... More
National Register of Personal Trainers
London > Leisure > Fitness
16 Borough High Street, Bankside, London SE1
Personal Trainer ... More

Bankside Education

in or near Bankside
London > Education > English Language Courses
101 Finsbury Pavement, Bankside, London EC1A
Over 1000pw. One-to-one business English courses.... More
The Art Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Mermaid Court, 165a Borough High Street, Bankside, London SE11HR
Art classes encompassing glass, metal, moulding and casting, life drawing and loads more.... More

Bankside Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Bankside.
London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1
This conference and event venue caters for between 10 and 1250 guests. Ideal for dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, product launches & AGMs. ... More
The Golden Hinde
London > Business > Venue Hire
Unit 1 and 2, Pickfords Wharf, Clinck Street, Bankside, London SE1
... More
Premier Inn London Southwark
London > Business > Venue Hire
Anchor, 34 Park Street, Bankside, London SE1
Perched on the south bank of the river Thames, this hotel is within walking distance of many of London’s most famous sights. Stroll down to the ... More
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