The Next Chapter.
The unique blend of old and new, art and commerce, street smart and exclusive has made Bermondsey one of the most fascinating London neighbourhoods. It’s also the perfect setting for London Square Bermondsey: 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, maisonettes, flexible workspace and art studios in a collection of heritage and contemporary buildings. It’s the new heart and soul of SE1.
Bermondsey Jubilee Line station is approximately 14 minutes’ walk from London Square Bermondsey, while London Bridge station, for the Northern Line, Jubilee Line and National Rail, can be reached in about 12 minutes. Both underground lines are also part of Night Tube, great news for late hour workers and party nights out.
Food lovers flock to Bermondsey for an exceptionally good choice of restaurants, cafés and bars, many of which are located in Bermondsey Street. To name just a few: there’s all day contemporary cuisine at Bermondsey Yard Café, outstanding tapas at José, and French bistro classics at Casse-Croûte.
The London restaurant scene defies description, but ‘expect the unexpected’ is perhaps a good way to sum it up. Every food fashion and fad can be found in London, and every cuisine of the world can be sampled here. There are the grand eateries that have been established for generations, the celebrity chef showcases, and countless smaller brasseries and chef-patron establishments where the cooking can be startlingly innovative.
No doubt about it, Bermondsey is booming. Its main artery is Bermondsey Street, just a few minutes’ walk from London Square Bermondsey. This is an almost 24/7 thoroughfare of thronged bars, restaurants, art galleries, and intriguing small shops, many housed in re-purposed industrial buildings. Bermondsey’s location has excellent advantages for commuters too. London Bridge and the City can be reached on foot or by bike, and Jubilee Line links from Bermondsey station mean that nowhere in London is very far away.
As you might expect, Bermondsey is a treasure trove of the quirky and individual. Exquisite couture clothes can be found at Amanda Thompson’s Bermondsey Street atelier while anything from designer dog-collars to stunning pieces of decorative glass.
London is a city made for shopping, and some of its most exciting retail areas are just a short tube journey from Bermondsey. Take the Jubilee Line and go straight to Bond Street for designer boutiques, with the big stores and brands of Oxford Street and Regent Street just a short walk away. Change at Green Park for Knightsbridge, to browse Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the exclusive brands of Sloane Street.
In London you are never far from open space, whether it’s a hidden-away garden square or a major park. The capital is famous for its vast public parks: Hyde Park, the Regent’s Park, Battersea Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens, and the much newer Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Bermondsey has its share of open space too. The newly regenerated Bermondsey Spa Gardens, include a playground, games area and picnic grounds. Other green pockets in the area include Tabard Gardens and Leathermarket Gardens. Just over a mile away, Southwark Park is considerably larger than all of them at 61 acres, and with its bandstand, a boating lake, rose gardens and tennis courts, a true ‘people’s park’.
Independent charity Tannery Arts has been in Bermondsey since it was founded in 1993 by artists David Austen, David Foster, Chris Pauling and Alison Wilding. Tannery Arts makes contemporary art accessible to the public through exhibitions and educational projects; these are delivered by renowned not-for-profit gallery Drawing Room, which explores ideas around contemporary drawings and brings them into the public domain. Tannery Arts also supports and nurtures the careers of artists with its affordable studios.
The regeneration of its home by London Square provides exciting new premises which will become an integral element in the new development with The Tannery phase. The proposals are to include a double height exhibition space and new artists’ studios. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the row of display cases along Tannery Way, where works by Tannery Arts artists will be on view to passers-by, creating daily visual interest for all.