Bankside is a truly vibrant district that blends history and modernity to create an eclectic mix of culture, unique architecture and amazing foodie delights. As the site of the very first London Bridge built almost two millennia ago, the area is steeped in a rich history. 200 years ago when Southwark was outside the jurisdiction of The City of London the area became popular as a place of fun, with its many theatres, bars and brothels, as well as bull and bear baiting which were not permitted within the City itself.
Clink Street is one of the capital’s oldest roads yet still retains its original form, and as the site of one of London’s first prisons, its name has entered modern language through the phrase ‘in the clink’. Historical references can be found everywhere, from Clink Wharf to Little Dorrit Court and Dickens Square, named after Charles Dickens who lived in SE1 during the 1800’s. Borough Market’s current location dates back to the 13th Century, but Borough has been synonymous with food markets since 1014.
The area was also famous for leather manufacturing, an industry that employed over 1,500 tanners in the early nineteenth century, and this industrial heritage can be seen today in period buildings like The Bermondsey Exchange, and in many of the local street names like Tanner Street and Tanners Yard. The docks have long been central to London’s status as a leading international port, and the warehouses around Bermondsey Street, Shad Thames and Borough Market are a legacy of the city’s role as a hub of global trade. These buildings first began to undergo conversion back in the 1990’s as the pioneers of modern loft living sought to revitalize these wonderful properties.Since then, the development of the area has gone from strength to strength, making Bankside one of the most popular commercial, residential and cultural centres in London.
The region continues to evolve as new luxury developments such as Neo Bankside and One Tower Bridge come onto the market. While continued investment in commercial projects such as the Blue Fin Building, The Shard and London Bridge Quarter have made Bankside one of the most sought-after addresses in London.
The Bankside Property Team
Dominic has been working in residential property since 1998 having worked across Essex and East London before moving to SE1 4 years ago and working for one of the leading agents in Shad Thames. Dominic is an avid Arsenal fan and still believes in Wenger.
020 7940 3862
Lauren has worked at Stirling Ackroyd since 2008 and has consistently been one of our top lettings negotiators since her arrival. The manager's job in the Bankside office was an inevitable step up and her drive and dedication will ensure we remain one of the area's leading agents.
020 7749 3818
Head of Property Management
Wayne is an experienced property manager and heads up a team of 6 staff in our very busy property management department.He has worked for Stirling Ackroyd for 7 years.
020 7749 3832