City Life in Southwark
September 1, 2011
Southwark is a London borough that spans many loved areas, including popular favourites like the Southbank and Borough. Its an area that I love and am lucky to work in, as its home to our South London hub.
Southwark has many great places to eat and drink, a busy cultural calendar and a rich history. Here are some of my recommendations for the area.
A Grade II* listed building, The Old Vic theatre is a spectacle in its own right. Showcasing a range of talent, this theatre is ‘synonymous with great acting’. Founded in 1818, the Old Vic is situated south-west of Waterloo station on The Cut. Shakespeare’s Richard III is currently running, staring none other than Kevin Spacey, who also happens to be The Old Vic’s resident Creative Director. With a recently introduced ‘Old Vic Young Voices’ programme, a specialised programme aimed to nurture young talent, this theatre is holding true to it’s aim of exhibiting the very best of British talent.
Keeping with the theatrical theme, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on the Southbank is a replica of the original playhouse built in 1599 that was sadly later destroyed by a fire. This fantastic re-creation was made possible through the tenacious fundraising and campaigning of Zoe Wanamaker’s famous film-directing father, Sam Wanamaker; although he sadly passed away before the Globe opened to the public. With a mix of Shakespeare on the calendar alongside modern plays, it makes for a great evening out. Seated tickets are popular, but in true Elizabethan style standing ‘groundling’ tickets are also available.
Eating and Drinking in Southwark
The Goldsmith pub recently hosted our ‘South of the River tenant social’. Located on Southwark Bridge Road, near to the MyBaSE1 development and our Southwark hub, the social was great fun. Tenant socials are a way for neighbours to meet each other, and feedback from past events has been extremely positive. It’s a great pub, recently restored to all its glory with a cosy bar on the ground floor, a dining/function room upstairs and outside seating too. Perfect for a chilled drink and a warm welcome, cold beer and tasty food.
Borough market is London’s ‘most renowned food market’ with an array of sources, from quintessentially British ‘bangers and mash’ to specialised Szechuan dishes. With an almost limitless variety of quality ingredients, Borough market, trendily located beneath the railway viaduct, is a food-lover’s paradise. During my promenade through Borough market, I couldn’t help but enjoy the experience. Great meal ideas and recipes are also available.
Letting Property in Southwark
There has been a notable increase in demand for rental property in the Southwark area. With a typical increase of 12% for renewal and an untold amount of enquiries, Southwark is indeed a landlord’s playground! Young London are instructed on the majority of flats in the MyBaSE1 development, which is by far our most popular south London development, due to its proximity to a number of transport links and the lovely area it is set within.
5 Things to do in Southwark this Weekend
- The Museum of 1951 – visit the Royal Festival Hall for ‘memorabilia, artworks, personal histories, models and memories from the original Festival’.
- Kirkaldy Testing Museum – Open the first Sunday of the month, housing Kirkaldy’s testing machine along with more modern machines.
- Borough Walk With Old Maps- Walk Borough’s historic streets, discovering a lost London.
- The Making of Rocky Horror (Full Gory Details)- Rocky Horror Show creators Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley talk about what inspired their quirky production.
- Southwark Cathedral: Its History – Guy Rowston talks about the history of Southwark Cathedral, from 1106 to today.