Millenium Bridge

What To See In Southwark

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Southwark may not have as many world-class attractions as the City of London but it offers plenty to see and to experience as well. Here are only a few of many must-sees in the Borough:

Tower Bridge. The iconic suspension bridge that connects the Tower Hamlets and Southwark was built between 1886 and 1894. The upper walkways that connect the two towers were closed from 1910 to as long as 1982 when they were reopened to the public as a part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Millennium Bridge. One of the youngest bridges crossing the River Thames was built between 1998 and 2000. It connects Bankside and the City of London and is intended exclusively for pedestrians. However, it was closed soon after the formal opening due to swaying. The problem was eliminated and the Millennium Bridge was reopened in 2002.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In 1599, the Globe Theatre was built by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for whom William Shakespeare worked most of his life. This theatre, however, was destroyed in a fire in 1613. Another Globe Theatre was built on the site one year later but it was demolished by the mid-17th century. Nearby the original Shakespeare’s theatre, a replica of the 17th theatre was built in 1997 allowing its visitors not only to enjoy the plays but to enjoy them as they would in Shakespeare’s time.

Borough Market. One of the most famous food markets in London has a rich history dating back to the middle ages but it exists at its current location from the mid-18th century. Originally, it was located at the end of the London Bridge. If you are hungry, the Borough Market is the place where you can find all the necessary ingredients.

City Hall. The seat of the Mayor of London and London Assembly is one of the most recognizable landmarks in both Southwark and London despite the fact that it was built only in 2002. It daring design was created by Norman Foster from the firm Foster and Partners.

Southwark Cathedral. The mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark was designated as a cathedral only in 1905 but it has been used as a church for more than one millennium. The current Romanesque-Gothic building, however, was built between 1220 and 1420, while the nave was reconstructed in the 19th century.

Winchester Palace. Unfortunately, little survived of the Winchester Palace that served as a residence of the Bishops of Winchester. The palace that was built in the 12th century burned nearly to the ground in the early 19th century. Today, only a part of the 13th century great hall testifies about the splendour of the former Winchester Palace.

Shard London Bridge. The skyscraper under construction is one of the top Southwark’s attractions despite the fact that it is scheduled to be completed only in 2012. When completed, the Shard London Bridge will be the tallest building in the European Union although it will be “only” the 45th tallest building in the world. It will also be a few metres shorter than the Emley Moor transmitting station.