London Bridge is home to some of the world’s most eminent art galleries. Located on the Thames in the former Bankside power station, the Tate Modern features an enormous collection of international contemporary art housed in an unparalleled setting.
The turbine hall, which forms the bulk of the building, is a cavernous interior space that stretches from one end ofto the other, and reaches from the ground floor to the ceiling. It has played host to some truly spectacular installations. Since it opened in 2000, Tate Modern has assured its reputation as one of contemporary art’s unmissable destinations.
As well as Tate Modern, the gallery scene encompasses the, the two galleries, glassblowing workshop, the Eames Fine Art Gallery and Jay Jopling’s . Although originally located in Hoxton, east London, the White Cube moved to Bermondsey in 2011, to a former warehouse. It is now the largest commercial gallery in Europe, curating exhibitions of progressive and provocative contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Sam Taylor-Wood.
, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre, stages open-air productions of the Bard’s plays in the summer. For contemporary theatre there is the and the , which is dedicated to productions for two to 21-year-olds.
Those who prefer their drama on screen can head to Kino Bermondsey for indie movies and blockbusters alike.and
“We love the spot we’re in – it feels as though everyone passes our gallery eventually – we meet such interesting people from all walks of life – the area attracts Londoners, travellers and tourists from all over the world – it has a certain magic.”
13A Shad Thames
020 3754 2374
Specialist art gallery focusing on art work that is architectural in content or inspiration.
The former home to Christopher Wren, the architect behind St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Naval College and many other churches in London.
1 Clink St
020 7403 0900
Once London’s most notorious medieval prison, the museum explores its barbaric past in gloriously gruesome detail.
58 Bermondsey Street
020 7407 1025
Specialising in the work of established masters of modern and contemporary art.
FASHION AND TEXTILES MUSEUM
83 Bermondsey Street
020 7407 8664
Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum showcases fashion and textile design from 1950 to the present day.
62-66 Bermonsey Street
020 7403 2800
Experience a truly traditional craft at work. Peter Layton organises demonstrations of glassblowing and also sells his one-of-a-kind creations.
The Queen’s Walk
020 7940 6300
Decommissioned Royal Navy cruiser that is now a museum. Learn about the Belfast’s involvement in WWII in the most appropriate setting.
10 Bermondsey Square
020 7357 6845
52-seat independent cinema with cafe/bar and terrace, showing classic, blockbuster and indie films.
MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
53 Southwark Street
020 7378 1713
Former chocolate factory, now a restaurant, theatre and bar. Wonderful example of the area’s heritage and the culture it exudes today.
020 7407 2690
A relaxed pub with an eclectic mix of programming, vintage yet modern interiors and ping-pong tables on the roof.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
020 7902 1400
The home to the world’s most formative playwright and his best loved productions. The Globe keeps the legacy of Shakespeare alive and his plays as vital as ever.
77-85 Newington Causeway
020 7407 0234
London’s home to brave theatre and bold performances. Ever willing to host new talent, Southwark Playhouse is for those eager to be entertained and challenged.
020 7887 8888
Incomparable home to contemporary art in Britain. Situated in a former power station, the setting is a sight in itself, with a cavernous turbine hall housing some of the most spectacular installations in the world.
TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION
020 7403 3761
Right in the middle of the bridge is the visitors centre. There you can discover the history of Tower Bridge and enjoy panoramic views from the top.
9a St. Thomas Street
020 7188 2679
The oldest surviving operating theatre in Britain. It functioned prior to the discovery of anesthetics and antiseptics, which makes for chilling viewing today.
147 Tooley Street
020 7645 0560
Unique theatre catering for those aged between two and twenty-one. Unicorn champions plays as youthful as their audience, so expect groundbreaking work from the next big thing to grace the stage.
6 Crucifix Lane
020 7403 7837
Versatile gallery space that hosts contemporary art exhibitions, film screenings, book launches and other events.
15 Bermondsey St
020 7564 7027
Small gallery with an eye for new talent. Ambitious exhibitions can feature artists you know and artists you need to know.
144-152 Bermondsey Street
020 7930 5373
Recently relocated from Hoxton, the new White Cube gallery exhibits some of the most prominent figures in modern art. Designed by architect Casper Mueller Kneer, it is a sight in itself.