Southwark

Iconic bridges, buildings, and theatres compose Southwark, a cultured neighborhood in central London.

Like the perfect pot of afternoon tea, Southwark has been culturally steeping for centuries. The neighborhood is home to many of the city’s iconic landmarks—London’s most famous bridges, buildings, and museums are located in Southwark. Crisscross the Thames via the Tower, Millennium, or London bridges and be rewarded with panoramic views of history abutting modernity—Southwark boasts Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern museum, London’s famous Borough market, and myriad pubs and restaurants.

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On the Map

Southwark is within LB of Southwark and bordered by South Bank, Lambeth, Wapping, Kennington, City of London, Bermondsey, Walworth, LB of Tower Hamlets, and LB of Lambeth

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 14 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 23 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 75 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 75 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 20 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 13 minutes on the tube

Layers of London's Legends Old and New

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History and modernity collide in this central London neighborhood. Its varied architectural styles tell stories of London's past and hint at its future. What might London look like as time marches on?

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Brick and steel overpasses run alongside transparent glass facades and stone cathedrals.

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Luminous vaulted ceilings contrast Southwark's dark tunnel spaces. The neighborhood's striking contradictions add to its visual mystique.

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Southwark's tunnels serve grander purposes than simple passers-by passageways.

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Nightclubs create nocturnal attractions out of them, too. When the day turns dark, Cable nightclub opens its doors.

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As the tallest building in the European Union, the Shard looms high above Southwark's skyline.

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Old brick warehouses line the Thames, indicative of London's industrial past. Some have been remodeled into ultra-modern marvels.

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Others remain endearingly sooty.

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Want to stay somewhere just minutes to London's famous farmer's market, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and London's bustling arts complex on the South Bank? No sweat!"

Iconic Views on the Banks of the Thames

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The Tate Modern's viewing platforms offer sweeping vistas of some of the city's most notable landmarks. See St Paul's Cathedral.

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See Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. You might know it as the Tower of London.

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See The Gherkin.

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When you're finished, see yourself.

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Antonio declares: ' In the south suburbs, at the Elephant [metro station], is best to lodge'. This is still true today!"

Borough Market: The Best of the Borough

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The Borough Market brings people together.

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From the National Theatre to the Southbank Centre, culture saturates this neighborhood on the banks of the Thames.

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The market overflows with handcrafted specialty items, pizzas, tartes, and produce stalls.

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[The area] is chock full of great spots for either coffee-to-go or a lovely meal."

Dara

Visited in 2012

Tate Modern: A World-Class Modern Museum

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Tate Modern, Britain's national gallery of modern and contemporary art, proposes to challenge preconceptions.

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The wide open emptiness of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall fills daily with curious visitors and art enthusiasts.

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We propose you take some time to ponder.

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The area is very nice and safe, we got back by night, by walk, without any problem!"

Pascal

Visited in 2013

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Daniel Burman is a professional photographer based in London. Since graduating from St. Martins School of Art, he's produced creative images for artists, musicians, and other fascinating people. His work regularly appears in places like The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Independent, and The Times.

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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