Guide to living in
Unable to slip under the radar anymore, everyone is sitting up and taking note as the rebirth of Bermondsey is now complete. Shared between the SE1 and SE16 postcodes and situated in Southwark, the area has become very popular with young families and commuters looking for a bit more space in a central location.
Bermondsey runs all the way from the banks of the River Thames to the Old Kent Road. As well as being a bargain on the monopoly board, the latter covers the practical side of modern day life providing supermarkets, shops, banks and more. Being this close to the Thames is more of a luxury however, and a walk along the riverside is among one of the best things to do in London.
The area has seen an uprising of culture and increased sightings of trendy individuals in recent years. The Fashion and Textile Museum, an iconic centre for contemporary British fashion, and Bermondsey antiques market, running every Friday, effortlessly bolster this burgeoning reputation.
“Conversions of riverside wharves and warehouses have become some of the most sought after upmarket riverside property, the most famous of these developments being Butler’s Wharf”
Furthermore, the creative juices in Bermondsey are now flowing into overdrive with a buoyant theatre scene. The celebrated Unicorn on Tooley Street is the leading children’s theatre in the UK, whilst Southwark Playhouse is one of the best fringe theatres in the capital.
Conversions of riverside wharves and warehouses have become some of the most sought after upmarket riverside property in London, the most famous of these developments being Butler’s Wharf. Alternatively, Victorian terraces and some quaint cottages around the Esmeralda and Lynton Road areas offer a more traditional edge.
The Hide Bar has an unrivalled selection of cocktails and spirits, and is a classy retreat very popular with commuters. Restaurant-wise, Zucca is one of our Bermondsey favourites. Combining an original and innovative menu with a warm and quirky interior, Zucca never disappoints.
As well as browsing round some of the brilliant food outlets around Maltby Street, for a snapshot of the flourishing local community, we would recommend a visit to the annual Bermondsey Street Festival. Volunteer led and usually in September, the festival promotes local music, arts, cuisine, dance and creativity.
Bermondsey tube station sits conveniently on the Jubilee Line and South Bermondsey and London Bridge provide all the necessary National Rail services. On the other hand, such is Bermondsey’s proximity to Central London; many commuters have taken to walking to work from here.