I am very impressed with Southwark and recommend anyone new to London to explore this vibrant area south of the river. One can easily access it by walking over one of the several bridges from the north bank or by underground or bus. There are many sights to take in and explore including Southwark Cathedral, The Shard, Borough Market, the Tate Modern, the Globe and much more of present day and historic interest. Organised walks and tours are possible - I recommend checking the website for Southwark tours and walking routes. There are countless good restaurants, cafes and bars in the area too.