A tale of two cities
11 December 2015
Southwark and Borough merge together to form one of the most diverse and exciting areas of modern London. Its eclectic mix of architecture is almost as varied as the residents themselves and whilst this area had a rapidly decreasing population in the 19th and 20th centuries, today there is a buzz that has seen this trend reversed.
Borough, so called because it was at one point the only borough outside the City of London, was once part of Surrey. It is one of the oldest parts of London and was originally a series of islands. Fronting the River Thames to the north, the area has five landmark bridges from Waterloo to Tower Bridge giving it easy access to the City. This has made it a draw for those working there but it is also a magnet for the media/IT industry attracted by the coffee culture and trendy cuisine.
Although badly bombed in the War, Southwark’s architecture is mainly Victorian with some Georgian properties. There are also a lot of warehouse conversions, left over from when the area was pivotal for trade, and these, along with some of the new builds contribute to the contemporary vibe of the area.
With the ability of turning Londoners into tourists, Southwark’s popularity centres around two key areas – Bermondsey Street and Borough Market – which both offer the vibrancy of a modern City. Property in this part of London still offers value, particularly given its easy walk to the City, connectivity on public transport, great culture, exceptionally good cuisine and its growing popularity as a destination of choice.