The arty Borough of Southwark

Elephnat and Castle, Balerloo Line

The London Borough of Southwark lies in the southern parts of the British capital. It covers an area of 11.14 square miles and has a population of over 300.000. The borough is home to numerous internationally known skyscrapers, monuments, landmarks and entertainment venues. It is also the location of some of the city’s finest neighbourhoods.

Bermondsey is a local district which lies in the northern parts of Southwark. The noted intersection of Charing Cross is situated at about three miles from the area. The Fashion and Textile Museum is perhaps the district’s most popular landmark. It was established in 2003 by renowned English designer Zandra Rhodes and is currently managed by the Newham College. Other notable places of interest in Bermondsey, SE16, are:

  • Shad Thames
  • Miloco Studios
  • Bermondsey Spa Gardens
  • Kagyu Samye Dzong
  • Bermondsey Antiques Market
  • Mandela Way T-34 Tank

Elephnat and Castle, Balerloo LineThe area Elephant and Castle is located in the northwestern parts of the borough. It is home to an eponymous road junction which is one of the most important in London. The district is also the location of several well-known buildings. Skipton House is arguably the most important edifice in the area. It is classified as a high specification office building which was originally construct for the London branch of a Japanese bank. The edifice was later sold to the British Department of Health. Other notable structures in Elephant and Castle, SE11, are the Ministry of Sound, Cuming Museum, Perronet House and the London College of Communication.

The district of Camberwell lies at about three mile from Charing Cross and is known among Londoners for its numerous high end art galleries. The SLG is considered to be the best in the area. It was founded in 1891 and is a public-funded gallery which displays contemporary art. Until the early 1990s, it was known as the South London Art Gallery. Camberwell, SE5, is also the location of the Camberwell College of Arts. Established in 1898 and part of the University of the Arts London, it is considered to be one of the best art and design institutions not only in Britain but Europe and the world.

Denmark Hill is both an area and road in the above mentioned district of Camberwell. Two of London’s finest healthcare institutions are situated in the neighbourhood. King’s College Hospital is the more famous of the two. It was founded in 1840 and is classified as an acute care facility. It has a capacity of 950 beds. Maudsley Hospital dates back to the early 1920s and specialises in psychiatric care. Denmark Hill is also home to Ruskin Park which is named after prominent English art critic John Ruskin.

Dulwich, SE21, is another district which is heavily associate with the local art scene as it is the location of the Dulwich Picture Gallery which was established in 1817 and is presently the oldest public art gallery in England. The edifice that houses it was designed by Sir John Soane. The area is also home to Dulwich College one of the most prolific boarding schools for boys in the United Kingdom. The educational facility dates back to the 17th century and currently has about 1.500 students from the ages of 2 to 18.

East Dulwich, Goose GreenThe district of East Dulwich, SE22, isn’t as popular as its above mentioned counterpart. However it is home to one of London’s most interesting edifices in terms of architecture, 549 Lordship Lane also known as the Concrete House. Experts that believe that it is the only surviving building of its kind in the United Kingdom. East Dulwich is linked to the other parts of the city by its own railway station. Also several bus routes served the area.

Bankside is arguably Southwark’s most famous area. It lies in the northernmost parts of the borough at about two miles from Charing Cross and is part of the business improvement district known as Better Bankside. The Tate Modern is beyond any doubt the most popular landmark of the area. It was established in 2000 and is presently the fourth most visited museum in Britain and the sixth most visited in the world. It showcases a large collection of artwork which attracts travelers from all four corners of the world.