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“More than just a fabulous cathedral”
Review of Southwark

Southwark
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Ranked #114 of 1,909 things to do in London
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

On a Saturday afternoon I found the area around Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market just too crowded (I have visited before on Friday and Saturday mornings and just loved the place). I love the history and the sight of the old warehouses at Butler’s Wharf that most people will recognize from the Bridget Jones films – Bridget Jone’s front door is located in Borough Market. Since my last visit new shops and a theatre have opened between Tower Bridge and City Hall – the new shops also include a lovely water feature. As the weather was hot a lot of people were enjoying the water fountains near City Hall (i.e. that ones that are built into the pavement and you can play in).

Southwark starts from the Oxo Tower and follows the Thames well past Tower Bridge (although not much of interest past Tower Bridge). Southwark includes the London District of Bankside that has such attractions as Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Clink Prison Museum, the partial remains of Winchester Palace and also the Golden Hinde. In addition to the attractions of Bankside this area of London also includes Hay’s Galleria, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, City Hall, Tower Bridge and Butler’s Wharf.

Whilst the area was busy, only around Borough Market was too busy, and if you have never visited before Borough Market (crowds or no crowds) is well worth a visit – plenty of stall here to grab food on the goes and a couple of good restaurants. Lots to do and see in this area (could easily spend several hours here).

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

Following the Southwark banks of the Thames, Tate Modern and the City extension is a good way to visit this renewed quarter of London. All kind of entertainment take place there.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Southwark is really one of my favorite districts in London. Southwark Cathedral, Bourough's market, and Clink's museum are all great attractions in this region, not to mention the Globe theatre. It sits on the River Thames. Try to go during Non tourist season to enjoy it the most.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

I finished my visit to the St. Paul's Cathedral and kept walking till I reached the Southwark. I was contemplating whether I should cross it on foot to reach the other side of the Thames or should I go back to the Cathedral. I am glad I chose the former.

It was a bright sunny day and the Southwark provided an unhindered view of the Shard as well as plenty of other attractions over the city skyline. Highly recommended and not to be missed. For a long time to come this will certainly be 'A Walk to Remember
for me.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Stayed here first leg of London trip. Busy but not crazy busy. Close to everything, including public transport. A great place for London newbies, get a taste of London before joining the masses on the other side of the bridges. Chill-axing in the evenings at flat iron was awesome. We had perfect sunny weather & that definitely helped with the good time vibe

Date of experience: June 2018
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