Bankside Area Guide

Bankside is one of the oldest parts of London, and the SE1 area has inherited a culturally rich history. The postcode itself is vast and each area, including Bermondsey, Borough, Bankside, Waterloo and Elephant and Castle, has its own distinct feel. The eclectic mix of culture, striking architecture and foodie delights has made it immensely popular amongst tourists, first time buyers and families alike.

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Living in Bankside

Bankside's property is a diverse mix of warehouse conversions, period buildings and contemporary new build apartments. Stirling Ackroyd has operated as estate agents in Bankside SE1 for over 25 years, and are in the perfect position to help you find the perfect property to buy or rent in Bankside. The first pioneers of modern property development started regenerating warehouses and period properties around Bermondsey Street, Shad Thames and Clink Street over 25 years ago. Since then Bankside has gone from strength to strength as a residential and commercial area with many companies having office space around Bankside.

The transformation of Bermondsey Square is a good example of the latest wave of urban regeneration in SE1, and Bermondsey itself was named as London’s Coolest Quarter in Vogue’s Secret Address Book. Developments such as The Jam Factory, which is made up of large contemporary lofts, is particularly popular amongst SE1 buyers and tenants. Elephant and Castle, less than half a mile from London Bridge, is planned to be the next large scale regeneration in the area, and as such is popular amongst investors who can see the area’s massive potential.

The building of The Shard has really put London Bridge on the map of London, and with further new developments in South London leading the way in terms of architecture and design, it is a very interesting and creative place to live.

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The community feel here is part of the attraction, including popular markets such as Borough Market, Maltby Street and Bermondsey Square market. There are also street festivals such as Bermondsey Street Festival, as well as numerous other local events that build upon the boutique shops and renowned restaurants and stalls in the area.

Stirling Ackroyd is the leading estate agents in SE1, and cover property in Bankside, Borough, Bermondsey,Waterloo, Elephant and Castle, Tower Bridge, Shad Thames, and Southwark. If you are looking to move pleasecontact our local office based on Borough High Street.

Eating and Drinking In Bankside

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OXO Tower
European/Mediterranean - ££
A restaurant to the east and a Brasserie to the west, the restaurant on the 9th floor of the OXO Tower offers breath taking views over the Thames matched by the brilliant service and outstanding food.

Fish and Chips - ££
A noisy restaurant overlooking an open kitchen, unsurprisingly it has built a reputation for seasonal fish from sustainable sources.

Tate Modern Cafe
Brasseries - ££
Visiting the museum of modern art housed in the stunning former Bankside Power Station is perfectly topped off by a visit to their second floor café which is largely uncomplicated British fare, from light bites to main meals.

British - £££
Roasts famous throughout the capital, the quality of the meat here is outstanding, and located overlooking the popular Borough market it is a firm family favourite.

Borough Market
Everything - £
Conveniently located near to London Bridge Station, the wealth of cheese, meats and fresh produce traders are one of the huge draws of the nearby area, for both locals and tourists. Known as ‘London’s Larder,’ you can expect it to be busy, especially Sunday mornings and lunchtimes.

Wine - ££
Filled with personality, this famed wine shop and cellar bar is full of atmosphere, and also a fantastic place for wine tasting events if you visit their calendar.

Applebees Fish Cafe
Fish - ££
No set menu at this fish restaurant in Borough Market, with daily specials depending on the freshest fish, cooked for you straight from the counter.

East Mediterranean - ££
A favourite of our local office, this restaurant situated behind Tate Modern specialises in Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean food, with subtle spicy dishes served from Breakfast to Dinner.

Monmouth Coffee Company
Café - £
They boast the best coffee in London, and the queues outside are a testament to this as it does truly blow the competition out of the water.
Sit inside or on the benches outside with one of their pastries or baguettes and discover how they live up to this claim.

Brew Wharf
Gastro - ££
Tucked just behind the busy market, Brew Wharf offers a beautiful space in which to enjoy a fantastic selection of beers. The classic food here is perfect for a midday lunch, but the light bites are also well worth tucking into whilst trying one of their ales.

Cantina Vinopolis
European - £££
The dining section of the hugely popular Vinopolis wine attraction, the restaurant created by award winning chefs is unsurprisingly brilliant in food, but locals come here for the fantastic wine selection to accompany it.

Tapas Brindisa
European - ££
One of the busiest tapas bars in London, the company started as wholesalers for Spanish foods which is an indication of just how fresh the food here is. Arguably some of the best and most varied Spanish foods in London, if you can stand the chatter!

Le Pont de la Tour
Brasserie and Grill - £££
Offering a taste of Paris next to London Bridge, it is a luxurious setting for celebrating or entertaining. Choose from the Salon Prive or Wine Cellar for unusual private dining rooms surrounded by the best wines.

Joe’s Kitchen and Coffee House
Café - £
A little known London gem, the coffee and breakfast here is unlikely to remain a secret for long. Stacks of pancakes or healthy smoothies, this café has a little of what you fancy.

Wright Brothers
Seafood - £££
Award winning Oyster & Porter House containing a long oyster bar popular among seafood fans from across London, and on sunny days you can even grab a table outside and watch the market. Try and spot someone ordering the Deluxe Fruits de Mer for true seafood envy.

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Estate agents in Bankside

Having operated as Estate Agents within Bankside for over 25 years, we have proven our dedication to this area . This has also provided us with many years of experience and knowledge.

Our professional team will help you find the right property in the area regardless of whether you need a new flat, apartment, office or retail unit.

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If you’re looking to move in Bankside, or any of the areas mentioned above, then simply Email Us or Visit our office today. Our professional team can provide you with all the information on the latest properties on the market.