Guide to the London Borough of Southwark

Many of London’s big attractions and landmarks are located south of the River Thames

in the Borough of Southwark. Urban regeneration projects have made it area a vibrant place to visit and stay. Follow this guide, and you won’t miss anything there is to see.

Borough Market


A food market has been in this spot since medieval times, but the current buildings date back to Victorian times. Wander around the covered market, and then go outside and inspect the food stalls, where you can sample dishes from every culture. Alternatively, you can sit at one of the many bars and restaurants in and around the market. Borough Market is across the street from the London Bridge Underground station.

Tate Modern

The converted Bankside Power Station houses this modern and contemporary art museum, which opened in 2000. Admission is free, except for special exhibitions. This Bankside location is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Southwark Cathedral


Southwark Cathedral lies at the foot of London Bridge, right behind Borough Market. Although a place of worship has been here since Anglo-Saxon times, the present building dates back to the 13th and 15th centuries. John Harvard, founder of the eponymous university, was baptized here, and the Harvard Chapel commemorates this fact.

The Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum’s mission is to cover armed conflicts that the United Kingdom has taken part in from World War I to this day. The museum is housed in what used to be the Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as Bedlam. The IWM is located on Lambeth Road and opens every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a 13-minute walk from Elephant & Castle Station or a five-minute walk from Lambeth North Station.

The Shard


The Shard, a 95-story skyscraper, is the UK’s tallest building. Tickets for the View from The Shard observation platform cost £30.95 on the day or £25.95 if pre-booked. The summer opening hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the platform closes at 7 p.m. in winter. The Shard is located a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge Underground Station and London Bridge Station.

Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre is located at 21 New Globe Walk, and the nearest stations are St. Paul’s, Mansion House, and London Bridge. This is a replica of the original Globe Theatre, where William Shakespeare worked, and was built 200 metres from the original site.

Golden Hinde II

The Golden Hinde II is a replica of the galleon with which Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world and harassed the Spanish Navy between 1577 and 1580. The vessel is berthed at St. Mary Overies in Bankside, a mere six-minute walk along Bankside from the Globe Theatre or a three-minute walk from Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market.



The iconic Tower, Millennium, Southwark, Blackfriars, and London bridges across the Thames connect Southwark with the City of London and the West End. Cross them!

The London Borough of Southwark has it all. It boasts historic and modern attractions, great food, and amazing views of the Thames, and it’s easily accessible by public transport.

Guide to the London Borough of Southwark

Disclaimer: This post is a partnership with IHG. However, the opinions expressed here and the images are solely mine.

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