London area of SE1 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SE1 neighbourhood

SE1 covers a large portion of central London south of the River Thames, taking in areas such as the South Bank, Southwark and Bermondsey. The South Bank is a narrow section of riverside development on the banks of the river and is a significant tourist district, stretching from the London Eye in the west to the Design Museum in the east. Known for its strong arts and entertainment connection, the area comprises such facilities as the Southbank Centre, the Royal National Theatre, BFI Southbank, the London Film Museum, the Sea Life London Aquarium and the iconic London Eye. Southwark is an inner city district next to the South Bank and is the home of the City Hall offices. Famous London landmarks and attractions such as Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast Bermondsey and the London Dungeon can all be found in Bermondsey.

See our recommended nearby SE1 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SE1 Hotels

in or near SE1
The Bridge Hotel London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
30 Borough Road, SE1
Located just south of the River Thames, The Bridge Hotel is the perfect accommodation choice for those wishing to explore the many sights and attractions London ... More
 
 
 
Mercure London Bridge Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
71-79 Southwark Street, SE1
This hotel in the Bankside area, just a five minute walk from London Bridge Tube station and Borough Market, offers good value for money. Walk from ... More
 
 
 
Hilton London Bankside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1
The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Entertainment

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Southwark Playhouse
London > Entertainment > Theatres
77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, London SE1
The Southwark Playhouse, one of London's best fringe theatres, has found a temporary home for five years at 77-85 Newington Causeway, a huge warehouse in ... More
 
 
 
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The Coronet Theatre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
28 New Kent Road, SE1, London SE1
This 2600-capacity venue hosts some of the most rocking club nights and live music events in town. Starting out life as a Victorian theatre - staging ... More
 
 
 
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Roxy Bar & Screen
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
128-132 Borough High Street, SE1, London SE1
The Roxy Bar and Screen on Borough High Street is an independent cinema which hosts monthly VJ/DJ nights and has a Popcorn Comedy night as well ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SE1
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Alma Enterprises
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
38-40 Glasshill Street, SE1, London SE1
After five years at 1 Vyner Street Alma Enterprises, the project-space which began as a base for successful young artists' collective 'Land', moved to this new ... More
 
 
 
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St George's Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1, London SE1
One of two cathedrals in Southwark, St George's Cathedral opened in 1848 as the first Catholic cathedral in the UK after the Reformation. The impressive building ... More
 
 
 
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IWM London (Imperial War Museums)
London > Attractions > Museums
Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, SE1, London SE1
The IWM London, the flagship Imperial War Museum which offers a thoughtful look at what day-to-day life is like for both citizens and soldiers in times ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SE1
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O W Loeb
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
3 Archie Street, SE1, London SE1
Specialists in fine German wine, this shop has moved to larger premises and taken its customers with it - they have a deserved reputation for excellence ... More
 
 
 
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The Wine Pantry
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
1 Stoney Street, SE1, London SE1
The only wine shop in the world selling nothing but English wine, The Wine Pantry in Borough Market offers customers something quite unique. It may come ... More
 
 
 
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Borough Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Southwark Street, SE1, London SE1
Nestled in-between Borough High Street, Bedale Street, Stoney Street and Winchester Walk lives "London's Larder", more formally known as Borough Market. This gourmand's delight is London's ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SE1 London?
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El Vergel
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
132 Webber Street, SE1, London SE10QL
Tiny Latino restaurant and café tucked away behind Borough tube which is much loved by local office workers and residents. Owned and run by a lovely ... More
 
 
 
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Nando's
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
Unit 4, Metro Central, 119 Newington Green Causway, SE1, London SE1
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The Goldsmith
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
96 Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1, London SE1
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 

SE1 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SE1.
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Charles Dickens
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
160 Union Street, SE1, London SE1
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National Trust: George Inn, The George Inn Yard
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1, London SE1
Dating back to 1676 this is the only original galleried inn left in London. Borough High Street was once crammed full of old coaching inns, providing accommodation ... More
 
 
 
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The Anchor & Hope
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
36 The Cut, SE1, London SE1
The Anchor & Hope is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Nightlife

SE1 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Corsica Studios
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Unit 5 Farrell Court, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE1, London SE17
A superbly designed two-room club and arts venue that captures the feeling of an illegal party in a squatted industrial space - while still being clean, ... More
 
 
 
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Union Street Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
47-51 Union Street, SE1, London SE1
A local urban living room found beneath Union Street Cafe in Borough, Union Street Bar is Gordon Ramsay's first destination bar. Open until 2am on Thursday, ... More
 
 
 
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Call Me Mr Lucky
London > Nightlife > Bars
, The Breakfast Club, SE1, London SE1
Not content with leading London's breakfast scene, The Breakfast Club are now also pioneers in cocktail bars. Along with the opening of their café in London ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Leisure

SE1 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, SE1, London SE1
It's a relief to step into Snowsfields Wellness, with its shelves of carefully selected healthy and organic products. Unlike plenty of other places, each of the ... More
 
 
 
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Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel
London > Leisure > Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, SE1, London SE1
High up on the 52nd floor of the highest hotel in Western Europe sits the highest pool in Western Europe. The 11 by 4 metre ... More
 
 
 
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Rebus Tourist Guides
London > Leisure > Activities
33, Vanbrugh Court, Wincott St, SE1, London SE11
What is the oldest annual sporting event in the world? Where was the Roman Forum? How do I become Lord Mayor? What was (and is!) the ... More
 
 
 

SE1 Education

in or near SE1
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, SE1, London SE1
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
 
 
 
London Executive Schools
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1, London SE1
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The Art Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Mermaid Court, 165a Borough High Street, SE1, London SE11HR
Art classes encompassing glass, metal, moulding and casting, life drawing and loads more.... More
 
 
 

SE1 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SE1.
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Imperial War Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Lambeth Road, SE1, London SE1
This museum of 20th-century warfare offers a thoughtful look at what day-to-day life was like for both citizens and soldiers in the two world wars. The ... More
 
 
 
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Vinopolis
London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, SE1, London SE1
This conference and event venue caters for between 10 and 1250 guests. Ideal for dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, product launches & AGMs. ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Modern
London > Business > Venue Hire
Bankside, SE1, London SE1
Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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