Living in Borough, SE1
At the core of the London Borough of Southwark sits Borough, a popular area nestled between Elephant & Castle and London Bridge that is renowned for its ancient covered market and practically infinite assortment of local attractions. Borough is celebrated for being one of South London’s most trendy districts, home to various emerging creative businesses and a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants.
Property in Borough
Galliard Homes — in association with Acorn Property Group and Trinity House — is delighted to introduce Trilogy. Located in London’s trendy SE1 postcode, just a short stroll from Borough’s local attractions, transport services and amenities, this brand new development sits upon the site of a former Roman Temple. Trilogy presents an outstanding collection of 27 one, two and three bedroom apartments dispersed across three separate, distinctively designed buildings.
Each home boasts luxurious interiors and contemporary finishes, with highlights including Leicht kitchens, state-of-the-art integrated appliances and underfloor heating. All residents at Trilogy enjoy a private balcony or terrace and access to communal roof gardens. Meanwhile, penthouse occupants enjoy enthralling views of the Shard from their terrace.
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Places of Interest
Imperial War Museum
This fascinating museum gives an insight into the wars and conflicts that have taken place throughout British history in the countries of the British Empire, from the First World War right up to the present day. Hosting a variety of temporary exhibitions and permanent displays, the Imperial War Museum makes for a thought-provoking day out.
The Golden Hinde
Launched in 1577 and commanded by Sir Francis Drake, The Golden Hind circumnavigated the world and was the first English ship to do so. Now you can step aboard The Golden Hinde — an exact full-size replica of the original vessel — and discover what life was like at sea in the 16th century.
Trinity Church Square
Trinity Church Square is a picturesque terraced housing development that surrounds the Henry Wood Hall, a striking 19th century church formerly known as Holy Trinity Church that is now used by classical orchestras as a rehearsal and recording venue. With gardens to meander through and a statue of King Alfred the Great to admire, this is an idyllic spot to take a moment to relax and let your mind run free.
The Clink Prison Museum
Dating back to 1144 and operating until 1780, the Clink Prison is one of the oldest and most notorious prisons in England. Now a museum, visitors can explore this infamous medieval penitentiary, hear the tales of inmates’ misfortune and get a taste of the ghastly conditions they lived under.
The Tate Modern, London’s most recognisable gallery, displays a vast collection of international modern and contemporary art, and work from the national collection of British art dating back as far as the 16th century. The Tate is also home to a viewing level that presents picturesque, 360-degree views of the London skyline and is a popular spot for locals in summer.
White Cube Bermondsey
One of the world’s leading galleries, White Cube has displayed artwork by some of the greatest contemporary artists over the past decade, including the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Raqib Shaw.
Menier Chocolate Factory
This theatre may be located a few kilometres from Central London but you’d never know it! You can still get that ‘Theatreland’ atmosphere without having to travel to the West End at the Menier Chocolate Factory, one of the capital’s most dynamic fringe venues housed in a former 1870s chocolate factory.
Ministry of Sound
Since September 1991, this world-renowned music venue has hosted some of the planet’s greatest DJs and most successful events on London’s clubbing scene. With a mighty sound system and four rooms to check out, there is plenty of space to allow your body to absorb the music and become immersed in a world of transcendence.
Food and Drink
Pick up anything and everything from London’s oldest food market; from street food, fresh meat produce and dairy to fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices — you’re guaranteed to find it all here. Borough Market is a must-visit attraction, whether you are doing your weekly shop, grabbing some lunch or just taking a walk through the market to get a feel for its buzzing atmosphere.
What could be more magical than dining above London’s skyline on the 31st floor of the UK’s tallest building? Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner… Aqua Shard serves it all. With a modern British food menu to choose from and an extensive cocktail and wine list, this high-end restaurant offers its guests a dining experience alike no other.
The Boot and Flogger
Dating back to 1964 and oozing historic character, The Boot and Flogger's cosy wine bar offers wine tasting, cheese and wine evenings, and a menu of appetising dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Located just south of Borough in Elephant & Castle, Mercato Metropolitano is self-described as ‘the first sustainable and inclusive community market with an Italian soul.’ Popular with locals, this modern food hall offers fare from a variety of countries, cultures and traditions across the globe.
Lobos Meat and Tapas
Founded by four Spanish friends with a shared love for tapas and a vision to bring it to London, Lobos showcases a grand menu. Head here for an all-round immersive dining experience with the tastes, smells and textures of Spanish cuisine.
Where The Pancakes Are
As the name suggests, this kooky little eatery is quite literally where the pancakes are. This quirky pancake house combines the traditional pancake dish with modern breakfast favourites. The result? Delectable savoury pancake variations like Welsh rarebit or eggs Benedict. Open from morning ‘til late, you can visit Where The Pancakes Are any time of day for an early treat before work or a late night snack.
The Bridge Tap
Love craft beer? Then you will love The Bridge Tap on Borough High Street. With something to suit everyone’s tastes, from pizzas to burgers and nachos to mac and cheese, this popular local hangout serves all the traditional pub classics.
London Bridge Station
London Bridge Station is not just somewhere you can catch a direct train to the south of England; this busy station is also one of the London Borough of Southwark’s buzzing shopping hubs. Shops and brands found at this station include Oliver Bonas, MAC Cosmetics, Paperchase, The Body Shop, Boots, Ted Baker, WH Smith and Cath Kidston.
Borough High Street
Being one of the most food-forward districts south of the river, it makes sense that Borough’s retail line-up includes a number of shops selling everything food-related from kitchen appliances and gastro gadgets to fine wine and fresh produce. It goes without saying that this is the ultimate area to be close to if you’re a regular dinner party host! Highlights include Borough Kitchen Cook Shop and, of course, the aforementioned Borough Market. This bustling high street also has a selection of well-known stores such as Holland and Barrett and Ryman.
This impressive galleria is home to some of the UK’s most popular high-street chains and restaurants. While you’re indulging in a spot of retail therapy, you can also enjoy the serene views of the Thames and HMS Belfast from this picturesque galleria. At Hays Galleria, you’ll find shops including Boots, Next and Charles Tyrwhitt (just to name a few).
Fun Facts about Borough
- Over the years, the London Borough of Southwark has been home to some of the finest names in the entertainment industry, including the likes of iconic comedy legend Sir Charlie Chaplin, professional boxer David Haye, singer Florence Welch, children’s author Enid Blyton and footballer Rio Ferdinand.
Key destinations from Borough station (Northern line, Zone One)
Bank 3 minutes
King’s Cross St Pancras 12 minutes
Key destinations from Elephant & Castle station (Bakerloo line, Zone One)
Charing Cross 6 minutes
Oxford Circus 9 minutes
Paddington 18 minutes
Key destinations from London Bridge station (Jubilee line, Zone One)
Waterloo 2 minutes
Canary Wharf 6 minutes
Stratford 18 minutes
We recommend reading this article for a more detailed guide to transport serving the London Borough of Southwark.