Located in the Borough of Southwark, on the left bank of the Thames along the Northern Line, the Borough area was originally known for its Victorian setting. As well as tradesmen taking advantage of the river access to transport their goods all around the world, this area was also known for the notorious prison, Marshalsea and many Elizabethan theatres, including the Globe, the Rose and the Swan.
However, over the past 10 years, Borough has transformed itself into a trendy area for foodies thanks to the establishment of Borough Market – an enormous market which offers both English and international food.
Equally, there is a host of unique and varied restaurants in the area: from gastropubs and Italian food to sushi and tapas, and even gastronomic restaurants such as Le Pont de Tour in Butler’s Wharf, which offers a spectacular view over Tower Bridge.
This huge market, which is a mecca for london gastronomy, has completely revitalised the area, making it a popular spot for young professionals working just around the corner in the City. Its success has been helped by the construction of the Shard, the highest monument in Europe, where you can find offices, hotels and luxury apartments (costing a modest sum of 20 million pounds for the smallest apartment!).
The area also holds cultural interest as it is overflowing with tourist and artistic attractions. The Southbank Centre, which is along the Thames, houses the National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Film Theatre as well as an IMAX cinema, allowing numerous festivals, concerts and performances take place here throughout the year.
Likewise, Shakespeare’s famous theatre, The Globe and the Old and Young Vic Theatres are just a bit further along towards Waterloo. There is also a superb little theatre for children on Tooley Street, called The Unicorn, which offers workshops and performances for children aged between 6 months and 16.
However, the most famous attraction of the area is probably the Tate Modern, the modern art museum, installed in an old electric power station. It exhibits works by British artists from the beginning of the 20th century to present day, as well as a selection of contemporary international work. The Tate is one of the biggest and most visited modern art museums in the world (with 5 million visitors per year) given that the construction of the Switch House in 2016, doubled the exposition space of the museum.