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.

South Bank awaits fresh transformation

Visitors to London a century ago would have found plenty of attractions to keep them occupied. From the British Museum to Westminster Abbey, the 1900 publication ‘Baedeker’s Guide: London and its environs’ provides a wonderful overview for railway travellers of all that London has to offer. In addition […]

Bankside’s forgotten palace

Next to a Pret A Manager store in amongst Borough’s maze of narrow streets there’s an important preserved historical site that helps us remember the time when a major part of Southwark was ruled by a single powerful landowner, the Bishop of Winchester. Most of the Winchester Palace […]

Bankside re-emerges in the pub

If you want to understand why the hustle and bustle returned to Bankside after it was abandoned whenRoman Britain fizzled out then Borough High Street is as good as any place to start. Here a thorough-fare on the main road from the Kent coast to London was becoming […]

Grim realities of south London

With gleaming waterfront apartments around London Bridge on the market today for sums that only those on bankers salaries could afford, it is hard to imagine upmarket parts of south London like Borough and Shad Thames tarred by heavy industry and nothing short a miserable place to live. […]