Around and about
Southwark is one of the greenest boroughs in London with around 130 parks and open spaces, offering healthy walks, historical interest and great picnic areas. Facilities at Southwark Park include a café, wildlife garden, boating lake and an art gallery.
Surrey Docks Farm on the south bank of the Thames is a working farm offering fresh produce for sale, plus a pleasant café and adult education rooms. The area also boasts an historic cathedral, which dates from AD 606.
Borough Market is one of the oldest food markets in London, selling a large variety of foods from all over the world. The Elephant and Castle shopping centre has all the usual chain stores and an assortment of independent shops, plus bingo and bowling. A range of fitness activities are provided at Southwark Park sports centre, giving you an opportunity to enjoy physical activity in a friendly environment.
Points of interest
There are several museums, art galleries and theatres in the borough including the rebuilt Globe Theatre, Cuming Museum, the Southwark Playhouse, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern, Bankside Gallery, London Bridge Experience and London Tombs under London Bridge.
St Mary Overie Dock has a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde ship, whilst nearby are the remains of the medieval Winchester Palace. Peckham Library is also of interest due to its architectural innovation. Other points of interest include the site of The Tabard Inn, which featured in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Southwark is a district of central London and part of the London Borough of Southwark. Situated 1.5 miles east of Charing Cross, it forms one of the oldest parts of London and fronts the River Thames to the north.
Located very close to Southwark Park just off the A200, Helen Peele Cottages can be easily reached by underground via Bermondsey or Canada Water tube stations. Overground trains run to nearby Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays, whilst river services run from Bankside Pier, London Bridge Pier and Greenland Pier. A variety of bus routes serve the area, giving access to the city centre and beyond.
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