London Bridge is a bustling mixture of city workers, commuters and long-term residents. It combines high end contemporary London with a local, community feel.
The original London Bridge was built during the medieval period and was said to have so much footfall it could take an hour to cross. It served the city for 600 years before being replaced by John Rennie in 1831.
Getting out and about
Mouth-watering treats are just steps away in the maze of Borough Market and pubs like The George Inn that date back to medieval times. You can listen to live jazz and sip a craft cocktail at The Bermondsey Arts Club or visit any number of high street and boutique shopping outlets.
By contrast, on your doorstep you have the Shard, London’s ‘vertical city’ which houses the Shangri-La Hotel and will soon have a retail arcade. You’re also near the Bermondsey Spa Park and the elegant Potters Fields Park which is surrounded by impressive new commercial buildings, a stunning riverside view and a wonderful café.
What’s going on
With young audiences flocking to the Unicorn Theatre, and the much applauded Southwark Theatre on your doorstep, there’s plenty of arts and culture to experience. In fact there are new experiences every day with tours like (Dr) Whovian, scary walks through the London Tombs and fun to be had at The Escape Rooms. There’s also London Dungeon and The Clink museum of Victorian jails. Both gruesome, but worthwhile!
If you fancy an evening of sophistication you can visit Vinopolis for a wine, gin or whiskey tasting in the impressive Victorian railway arches of London Bridge.
Apartments in London Bridge are an average price of approximately £900,000 but there are more affordable studio flats to be snapped up for as little as £250,000. Bermondsey has an average house price of £580,000 and Rotherhithe is the most affordable area with an average of around £450,000.
One- and two-bedroom apartments to rent typically start at around £325 a week, averaging at around £525 a week nearer London Bridge Station, while further out in Rotherhithe it averages at about £300 a week for apartments, going up to £2,500 a week for 3-4 bedrooms houses.
London Bridge is the fourth busiest station in the city, providing connections all over London and beyond. The Underground services on the Northern and Jubilee line means it’s only three stops to Canary Wharf (two if you get on at Bermondsey), and one stop to Bank. It’s also easy to get to Clapham, north London, the West End and Waterloo. If you get on the Overground line at Rotherhithe it’s a quick journey to Stratford, Wembley, Euston and Croydon.
London Bridge mainline has services that go through Kent and Surrey to the coast at Brighton and Worthing and as far west as Southampton, as well as having fast trains to Croydon and Waterloo. This service is currently being redeveloped to improved Thameslink services too.
There are some really good state and independent schools in the area including Harris Academy, Saint James' Church of England Primary School and Bacon’s College.
This area is in the London Borough of Southwark. Council tax rates are as follows:
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London Bridge has seen huge regeneration recently and is still undergoing some major redevelopments plans. Many of these include innovative commercial developments which will help drive people to the area. Other development schemes such as One Tower Bridge Road are set to create hundreds of residential units, community spaces and retail locations.
Other interesting developments include the extension of London Bridge Station and The Quill. This will be a tall, striking building housing students from Kings College London Guy's Campus.