Category: South East London

Southwark, directly south of the river Thames, stretches from Dulwich up to Borough, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, taking in Peckham and Camberwell along the way.

The name dates back to the 9th century, but Southwark was first settled in the Roman period.

Important landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Millenium Bridge, London Bridge, the Shard, the Tate Modern, the Globe and the Imperial War Museum are all contained within the borough.

Lost world of the Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace was “the most remarkable work of its kind the world has ever witnessed, appealing to appreciation of the wonderful with a force unknown in this country, and unrivalled in any other,” noted Bradshaw’s guide to London. Officially opened by Queen Victoria in Penge Park, next […]

Shard ushers in Rotherhithe’s next chapter

Like other areas of London, Rotherhithe’s population exploded in the 1800s; growing from close to 10,000 people in 1801 to some 38,000 a century later. Workers flooded into the area as new docks were dug and warehouses built, creating employment for an army of dockers. By the mid-1820s […]