London area of SE16 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SE16 neighbourhood

The residential areas of Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays form the heart of SE16, a district that falls just below the Thames and the core of central London. Located on a peninsula to the east of Tower Bridge, Rotherhithe is part of the Docklands area and was a busy port until the 20th century. The docks have now largely been replaced by modern housing and commercial facilities and as much of Rotherhithe is covered by the now-defunct Surrey Commercial Docks, the district is sometimes referred to as Surrey Quays, though this name tends to refer more to the southern half of the peninsula. The area is joined to the north bank of the Thames by three tunnels - the Thames Tunnel (formerly for pedestrians), the Rotherhithe Tunnel for cars and the Jubilee Line extension that allows trains to cross the river. The area is represented in the sporting arena by Millwall Football Club, boasting some of the more passionate supporters on the London football scene.

See our recommended nearby SE16 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, and Meeting Venues.

SE16 Hotels

in or near SE16
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
265 Rotherhithe Street, SE16
The only hotel in London with its own pier, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside offers views across London's iconic River Thames. Taking inspiration from ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
469-475 The Highway, E1W
Being just a bit out of the city centre this modern, hotel is popular with the budget traveller. It's close to Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge ... More
 
 
 
The Tower Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Guoman Tower, E1Q
It's the location on the River Thames that give this hotel next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge a wow factor. It's also very ... More
 
 
 

SE16 Entertainment

in or near SE16
Canada Water Culture Space
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
21 Montreal House, Surrey Quays Road, SE16, London SE16
The Canada Water Culture Space is located in the Piers Gough-designed Canada Water Library and is programmed and managed by the Albany, South East London's leading ... More
 
 
 
Surrey Quays Odeon
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, Surrey Quays, SE16, London SE16
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Rotherhithe Sands Films Studios
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
82 Saint Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
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SE16 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SE16
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Cafe Gallery Projects
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, SE16, London SE16
Before the Bermondsey Artists' Group (BAG) took over the cafe in the middle of Southwark Park it had fallen into disrepair. The building was completely renovated ... More
 
 
 
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Dilston Grove
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Southwest Corner of Southwark Park, SE16, London SE16
Set up by the Cafe Gallery Projects London, who also run the nearby Cafe Gallery in the centre of Southwark Park just a five-minute walk away, ... More
 
 
 
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Brunel Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
Within the original engine house in Tunnel Road, SE16, this permanent exhibition commemorates the world's first subaqueous tunnel built by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel assisted by ... More
 
 
 

SE16 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SE16
Decathalon
London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
Canada Water Retail Park, Surray Quays Road, SE16, London SE16
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V Shop
London > Shopping > Music Shops
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16, London SE16
Part of the Virgin empire, these high street based stores sell mobile phones, DVD players, stereos, CDs, videos and DVDs. Occupying the sites of failed music ... More
 
 
 
WH Smith
London > Shopping > Books
Unit LSU 3B, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
A branch of Smiths is a fixture of practically every high street up and down the country. The chain sells stationery, magazines, books, greeting cards, gifts, ... More
 
 
 

SE16 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SE16 London?
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The Yellow House Bar & Kitchen
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
126 Lower Road, SE16, London SE16
Three menus - the bistro menu, the grill menu and the pizza menu - are served in two separate dining rooms at The Yellow House where ... More
 
 
 
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Simplicity
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
1 Tunnel Road, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
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Simplicity
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
1 Tunnel Road, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
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SE16 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SE16.
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The Captain Kidd
London > Nightlife > Pubs
108 Wapping High Street, SE16, London E1W
The real magic of Wapping's riverside Captain Kidd pub is outside on the L-shaped patio. The Thames is rather narrow here and so the action seems ... More
 
 
 
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Prospect of Whitby
London > Nightlife > Pubs
57 Wapping Wall, SE16, London E1W
Once known as the 'Devil's Tavern' thanks to its delinquent clientele, the Prospect of Whitby is one of the oldest pubs in London - and the ... More
 
 
 
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Wibbley Wobbley
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Greenland Dock, off Rope Street, SE16, London SE16
Cute, unpretentious bar housed on a boat docked in the Thames. A world away from the bustling, brash mainstream bars, pubs and clubs of central London, is ... More
 
 
 

SE16 Nightlife

SE16 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Angel
London > Nightlife > Bermondsey Wall East, Rotherhithe, SE16, London SE16
Another highly sympathetic restoration from Samuel Smiths, to create a cosy space full of wood panels, and little nooks and corners, with fantastically cheap booze. The ... More
 
 
 

SE16 Leisure

SE16 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Seven Islands Leisure Centre
London > Leisure > Fitness
Lower Road, SE16, London SE16
Public Fitness Club ... More
 
 
 
Southwark Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lower Road, SE16, London SE16
Southwark Park in Bermondsey first opened its gates to the public in 1869 and was one of the earliest parks to be opened by the Metropolitan ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 

SE16 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SE16.
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The Biscuit Factory
London > Business > Venue Hire
Drummond Road, SE16, London SE16
Peek Frean & Co made biscuits here in Bermondsey for 123 years, from 1866 until 1989 when the factory closed. Home to baked goods like the ... More
 
 
 
City Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cherry Garden Pier, SE16, London SE16
City Cruises Sightseeing trips from Westminster Pier to Greenwich Pier. The River Red Rover Ticket option allows you to hop on and off at Westminster Pier, ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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