Situated along the Thames in Central London, Bermondsey was almost completely destroyed by German bombers during World War II. Because of this tragic history, much of the area is newer construction (well, "newer" as in built after 1945).
Whether looking to rent or buy, you'll see a good mixture of apartments and houses. There are some prewar terraces full of charm and elegance next door to modern buildings that have been built within the last few years. You’ll find a lot of variation in pricing depending on the quality and size and, most importantly, whether it has river views.
This neighborhood has become a haven for foodies. There is are so many dining options you’ll feel like you are on a world tour every time you walk down the street. Awesome delis, high rated sushi bars, Vietnamese, fish and chips…it's all here. For something different, the Ropewalk Street Market is tucked in a little alleyway and you can eat your way from stall to stall, and then wash it all down with a cold pint at one of the couple dozen pubs in town.
There’s a vibrant cinema and theater community in Bermondsey. Shortwave is a very popular arthouse movie theater, The Scoop is a great theater for live performances, and The Unicorn Theatre specializes in children’s productions.
As far as population goes, the neighborhood really does appeal to younger people and creatives, but there is a nice mix of everyone. People working in the City or Southwark area choose to live here for the easy commute.
No matter where you rent or buy, you’ll have access to day-to-day conveniences like gyms, shops, and quite a few supermarkets.
The City: 1.9 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 15-25 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 3.2 miles / 10-30 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20-25 minutes by bike
Southwark: 1.1 miles / 5-10 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike
Westminster: 3.7 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 25-30 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 3.5 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Southwark Park first opened its gates to the public in 1869, and was one of the earliest parks to be opened by the Metropolitan Board of Works. The design of the park is attributed to Alexander McKenzie and covers an area of 25 hectares.