London area of Southwark guide

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

Renowned for its old inns and taverns, Southwark is also the historical home of the capital's arts and entertainments industry. London's first theatres - the Globe, the Hope and the Rose - were all built there in the 16th century and Shakespeare's plays first performed there. Nestles on the South Bank beside the Thames, the rebuilt Globe is now one of the most popular theatres in London, while the neighbouring Tate Modern, housed in an imposing former power station, is among the world's most popular art galleries. London's modern City Hall and the magnificent gothic Southwark Cathedral complete a remarkable set of buildings that show five centuries of London's architectural achievements. Next to the cathedral is the world-famous Borough Market, open Thursday to Saturday and brimming with fresh, organic produce. New to the Southwark skyline is the 306-metre tall Shard of Glass skyscraper, set to become the 45th tallest building in the world on completion. As well as Bankside, the borough takes in the up-and-coming areas of Bermondsey, Camberwell and Peckham, where the sitcom Only Fools and Horses was set. This part of London is currently popular with young professionals and artists due to its proximity to the centre of town and low property prices. In the south of the borough lies leafy, suburban Dulwich which forms a welcome contrast to the bustling energy that defines the rest of one of London's oldest areas.

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

Southwark Hotels

in or near Southwark
The Bermondsey Square Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Bermondsey Square, SE1
Bermondsey Square Hotel offers a peaceful place to stay with its 80 bedrooms taking up one side of the traffic-free square. All rooms in this modern ... More
 
 
 
Hilton London Tower Bridge
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
5 More London Place, SE1
This plush, modern hotel south of the historic Tower Bridge is very convenient for exploring London. Just five minutes from the Tube station, it's 10 to ... More
 
 
 
The Tower Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Guoman Tower, E1Q
It's the location on the River Thames that give this hotel next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge a wow factor. It's also very ... More
 
 
 

Southwark Entertainment

in or near Southwark
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Shortwave Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
10 Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1
Shortwave films, a company whose primary objective was to promote emerging film and video artists, have set up this independent cinema in Bermondsey Square. As you'd ... More
 
 
 
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The Bridge Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
3 Potters Fields Park, Southwark, London SE1
What Nicholas Hytner did next: after 12 years as director of the National Theatre, the theatre chief is building a theatre from the ground up. Designed ... More
 
 
 
Bermondsey Project Space
London > Entertainment > Unit 7, 46 Willow Walk, Southwark, London SE1
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Southwark Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Southwark
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White Cube Bermondsey
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
144-152 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
Jay Jopling's third - and largest - White Cube art gallery in London is located on Bermondsey Street and set in a former 1970s warehouse. At ... More
 
 
 
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Fashion and Textile Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
83 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
The fashionista behind the Fashion and Textile Museum is Zandra Rhodes, the colourful designer who won the Designer of the Year award in 1972 and in ... More
 
 
 
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Eames Fine Art Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
58 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
Specialising in the work of established masters of Modern and contemporary art, Eames Fine Art Gallery offers collectors a selection of original prints, drawings and paintings ... More
 
 
 

Southwark Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Southwark
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Bermondsey Square Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1
What started in 1855 as a place to trade with impunity (ie stolen goods bought here didn't have to be returned) is now the busy weekly ... More
 
 
 
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Coleman Coffee Roasters
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
55 Stanworth Street, Southwark, London SE1
Wake up on a Saturday morning and smell the freshly roasted coffee at Coleman Coffee Roasters, a small batch coffee roastery at No. 55 Stanworth Street ... More
 
 
 
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Lassco RBK
London > Shopping > Bath and Kitchen
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Southwark, London SW8
Salvage bathrooms. A fantastic place to shop for very cheap bathroom fittings, or very expensive ones that are affordable having been rescued by the Lassco crew. ... More
 
 
 

Southwark Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Southwark London?
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Café Amisha
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
161 Grange Road, Southwark, Southwark, London SE1
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Tower Tandoori
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
74-76 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London SE1
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Del Aziz, Bermondsey
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
11 Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1
Located in the modern development of Bermondsey Square, this branch of Del'Aziz, a Moroccan / Mediterranean cafe-cum-deli, has an unusual feature: a glass floor which gives ... More
 
 
 

Southwark Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Southwark.
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The Garrison Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
99 - 101 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
Oh how we wish we lived in Bermondsey, then we could call this gem of a pub our local. We'd stop in for a regular drink ... More
 
 
 
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The Anchor Tap
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, Southwark, London SE1
Situated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the ... More
 
 
 
The Ugly Duck
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Tanner Street, Southwark, London SE1
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Southwark Nightlife

Southwark clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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40 Maltby Street
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
40 Maltby Street, Southwark, London SE1
Under the railway arches on Maltby Street is a food lover's paradise, filled with shops from the likes of St John Bakery, Monmouth Coffee, Kernel Brewery ... More
 
 
 
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Hide Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
39-45 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
Conveniently located on the ground floor of the International Wine & Spirit Centre on Bermondsey Street, a stone's throw from London Bridge, it comes as no ... More
 
 
 
Balls Brothers
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
Mark Lane, Southwark, London EC3R
A traditional chain of wine bars and restaurants that carry a wide range of wines from around the world, as well as some beers, spirits, tobacco ... More
 
 
 

Southwark Leisure

Southwark gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, Southwark, 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
 
 
 
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Burgess Park BMX Track
London > Leisure > Burgess Park, Albany Road, Southwark, London SE5
A legacy of the 2012 London Olympics, the state of the art £1.1m Burgess Park BMX Track opened to the public in August 2013, a year ... More
 
 
 
Bermondsey Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Spa Road, Southwark, London SE16
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Southwark Education

in or near Southwark
Phoenix Training & Development
London > Education > Business Faculties
The Leathermarket, Weston Street, Southwark, London SE1
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Wine & Spirit Education Trust
London > Education > Evening Classes
International Wine & Spirit Centre, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE13XF
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WPF Therapy
London > Education > Professional Training
23 Magdalen Street, Southwark, London SE1
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Southwark Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Southwark.
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The Biscuit Factory
London > Business > Venue Hire
Drummond Road, Southwark, London SE16
Peek Frean & Co made biscuits here in Bermondsey for 123 years, from 1866 until 1989 when the factory closed. Home to baked goods like the ... More
 
 
 
Premier Inn London Tower Bridge
London > Business > Venue Hire
159 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London SE1
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Village East
London > Business > Venue Hire
171-173 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London SE1
Located on the edge of Bermondsey's 'Creative Quarter' (a regenerated area of 2-bedroom flats mostly inhabited by lawyers and estate agents), Village East is an ambitious ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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