Borough is the area south of London Bridge and is a vibrant cosmopolitan and historic location. It's currently best known for Borough Market and historically was a route from London to the south of England, for example, the medieval pilgrimages to Canterbury as depicted in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The river Thames skirts the north of the district and Borough High Street is the main thoroughfare with a range of shops and restaurants.
Originally marshy islands in the river Thames, the area was chosen for a river crossing by the Roman's for access to their city of Londinium. After a decline, the area re-emerged in the 9th century when the 'burh' was created and by 1086 in the Domesday Book there were churches and monasteries recorded here.
A market was licensed in the 13th century and the area was popular with travelers and had many coaching inns like The George which remains as a pub owned by the National Trust.
The Borough was a place of entertainment for Londoners, with playhouses like Shakespeare's Globe in Elizabethan times. Another literary figure connected with the area is Charles Dickens whose father was imprisoned at Marshalsea and whose story of Little Dorrit is based here.
Leisure & Amenities
Food and the river Thames provide the main focus of leisure in the Borough. Borough Market is a world renowned gastronomic source. There are riverside pubs and walks full of history.
Places to go and things to do:
- Southwark Cathedral
- St George's Cathedral
- The George Inn
- John Harvard Library
- Golden Hinde
- The Clink prison
- Riverside walks
- Fitness First Gym
Eating and drinking ideas:
- The George Inn
- Borough Market
- St Christopher's
There are good transport links;
- London Bridge station for mainline services and Jubilee and Northern lines
- Borough station for the Northern line
- There are many buses which call at London Bridge station and travel north to the City and south to Elephant & Castle.