This area offers so much to its residents and indeed the millions of tourists who visit each year. There are numerous galleries, including the grand Tate Modern on the South Bank and the White Cube on Bermondsey Street, in addition to many music and performance venues. The South Bank, Bermondsey and Waterloo areas are all home to a broad choice of pubs and bars.
Best place for a date
Whether you’re on a first date, a date with your long term love or simply meeting a friend, have a few drinks at one of the many pubs or bars along the Southbank and then stroll along the Thames to admire the sights. Once the sun has gone down and the buildings are lit up, the view along the Thames is spectacular.
Perhaps the most famous park is Potters Fields Park next to City hall providing plenty of green space and iconic riverside views.
Many people enjoy running alongside the river but for those feeling more adventurous there’s an indoor bouldering wall near London Bridge railway station.
The quality of markets, shops and restaurants in the area draws in visitors from across the capital. Borough Market and nearby Maltby Street Market both offer delicious artisanal food. Trendy Bermondsey Street has bustling bars and popular contemporary restaurants next door to independent boutique stores. There’s also a huge variety of restaurants along the Southbank catering to all tastes.
For a larger variety of shops, including designer brands, the City’s shopping venue One New Change is within walking distance of London Bridge. The department stores of Oxford Street and haute couture brands of Bond Street are also easily accessible by public transport.
Best dining room with a view
Aqua at the Shard is one of three exclusive restaurants based in the iconic tower. Located on level 31, diners have an excellent view across London. The food is splendid too and the restaurant goes out of its way to source specially selected British produce. Aqua also offers a private dining option and is open for breakfast and lunch.
There are excellent links across London and out of London towards Kent and the South Coast.
Tower Hill – Circle and District lines, DLR
London Bridge – Jubilee and Northern lines, National Rail
Southwark – Jubilee line
Waterloo- Jubilee, Bakerloo, Northern, Waterloo and City Lines, National Rail
Lambeth North – Bakerloo line
Elephant & Castle – Bakerloo and Northern lines
Borough – Northern line
Bermondsey – Jubilee line
Monument – Circle and District lines
Blackfriars – Circle and District lines, National Rail
Wapping – London Overground services
National Rail Services
London Bridge and Blackfriars both have services running south through to Kent and the South Coast. Waterloo has services running westwards to Berkshire and beyond.
Tower Bridge offers the best of riverside living, boasting some of London’s most famous landmarksMatt Johnson
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