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 of Tate Modern to 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 Bankside Gallery, the two Vitrine galleries, Peter Layton's glassblowing workshop, the Eames Fine Art Gallery and Jay Jopling’s White Cube. 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.

Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre, stages open-air productions of the Bard’s plays in the summer. For contemporary theatre there is the Southwark Playhouse and the Unicorn Theatre, which is dedicated to productions for two to 21-year-olds.

Those who prefer their drama on screen can head to Bermondsey Square and Kino Bermondsey for indie movies and blockbusters alike.

“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.”
Vincent and Rebecca Eames
Founders of Eames Fine Art Gallery