Former wharves and warehouses converted into desirable new apartments are next to traditional residents in council estates and the area has transformed from a run down and smelly industrial centre into a food paradise. Bermondsey Street is the lively focus of life in Bermondsey with art, shopping, restaurants, and bars with the riverside walks and restaurants on the south side of Tower Bridge providing views into the City and of the Tower of London.
Bermondsey is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 but appears in earlier records of the 8th century. Its history is closely linked to the activities of Bermondsey Abbey and its position on the banks of the river Thames. Bermondsey Spa developed from a spring discovered in the 18th century. In the 19th century, St Saviour’s Dock was a notorious deprived slum area where Charles Dickins based his Oliver Twist story. Leather tanneries, wharves and warehouses and the Peak Frean biscuit factory provided work. The first passenger railway terminus opened at Spa Road in 1836.
Leisure & Amenities
Places to go and things to do:
- White Cube Gallery
- Fashion & Textile Museum
- The Shard
- City Hall
- HMS Belfast
- Riverside walks
- Fitness First Gym
- The Circle Gym & spa
- Arch Climbing
Eating and drinking ideas:
- Borough Market and markets in Druid Street, Maltby Street and Spa Terminus
- The Angel pub in Bermondsey Wall East
- The George pub in Borough High Street
- Visit the railway arch micro-breweries while following the ‘Bermondsey Beer Mile’
In Bermondsey Street, there is an amazing range of restaurants and bars including:
- Casse Crout
- Tanner & Co.
- There are good transport links: on the Jubilee line, it is one stop to London Bridge, two stops to Canary Wharf and one stop to Canada Water and the London Overground.
- Bermondsey underground station – Jubilee Line & Overground
- South Bermondsey station – mainline trains from the Southern rail. Destinations include London Bridge, Croydon, and Beckenham.