Bankside & Southwark

The most famous bridge in the world, Europe’s tallest skyscraper and the world's most popular modern art gallery are some of the highlights of a rejuvenated Bankside

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Twenty years ago this corner of London turned its back to the river with abandoned wharves and warehouses languishing along a lifeless and disconnected riverside walkway. Yet today this rejuvenated promenade is one of London’s cultural engine rooms and a string of bars, pubs and restaurants cluster around the world’s most popular modern art gallery and the site of one of London’s oldest theatres. The secret to this astonishing turnaround is culturally-led regeneration, a unique urban experiment where culture rather than commerce has driven renewal. This process has left a remarkable collection of contemporary architecture in its wake. But the true character of this charismatic historic enclave lies in the dramatic contrast these new buildings make with its extraordinary wealth of ancient landmarks, the latter of which lingers to craft one of the most haunting impressions of London's industrial and insalubrious past.

Highlights:

  • Tate Modern

  • Southwark Cathedral

  • Globe Theatre

WALK START LOCATION:      Southwark tube station / Map

WALK ENDS: Near Tower Bridge

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ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

LANDMARKS Featured