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Bermondsey Area Guide

Bermondsey Street.18th century houses. Image courtesy of Flickr user Reading Tom

A district in south London, Bermondsey is part of the London Borough of Southwark. The area owes much of its importance to the proximity of London's docks and was once the main district for food processing and storage. During the course of its history, Bermondsey has achieved prominence as a spa resort and also as the heart of the city's river trade, however, following the Second World War, the area sat derelict for several decades.

Bermondsey was resurrected in the 1980s when renovation work began to bring the wharves back to life; these have since been developed into premium residential and commercial properties. A popular hub of activity for the district's artistic community is the area known locally as Bermondsey Village. Centred on Bermondsey Street, it has seen an upsurge in commercial activity in recent years and has earned a reputation for its thriving bar and restaurant scene as well as its fashionable galleries and museums. Bermondsey is home to a number of celebrities, fashion icons, and musicians and continues to be popular with the 'in crowd'.

Bermondsey has aspirations to become known as London's third business district after the West End and the City. Recent developments in Bermondsey include The Shard skyscraper which punctuates the skyline at 310 metres high. The redevelopment of London Bridge Station, a new 17-storey office building, and a large public plaza have also changed the local street scene. Property in the district is highly sought after and incorporates a mix of distinctive Georgian facades, and pre and post war architecture.

Demographics

There are around 40,000 people living in Bermondsey, a figure which is expected to rise to around 55,000 by the year 2029. Three quarters of the current population are of working age, with one third of residents being aged between 30 and 44 years old.

A diverse community, 60% of people living in the district are White British, 14% are Black African, and around 4% are Black Caribbean. Additional groups residing in Bermondsey include White Irish, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and, Chinese, with around 3% representing other ethnicities.

Property prices in the area can range from £130,000 up to in excess of £2.5m.

Education

Many of the educational establishments in Bermondsey have a reputation for being of high quality. Primary schools in the area include St James C of E School, St Joseph's RC School and Southwark Park Primary School.

Secondary schools also perform well in the area and include the City of London Academy, St Michael's, and the Harris Academy.

Further education is available at Southwark College where students can take professional and vocational courses as well as Access courses and higher education. Blakehall College offers professional courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

London South Bank University and the University of Greenwich are the nearest university facilities.

Transport

At present London Bridge station is Bermondsey's main point of access to the wider rail network. Bermondsey has its own station on the Jubilee Line situated in Jamaica Road. South Bermondsey over ground station is served by Southeastern Trains.

Bus services offer routes across London, and there is ample provision for cyclists and pedestrians. Air travel is accessible from London airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, and City Airport.

Amenities and Shopping

Bermondsey is a hive of activity with a strong creative scene and an abundance of shopping and entertainment. The White Cube gallery has recently opened in the area, and the colourful building that houses Zandra Rhodes' Fashion and Textile Museum is a landmark on Bermondsey Street. Nearby, The Scoop outdoor amphitheatre offers free film screenings, plays and live music during the summer, and an ice skating venue in the winter.

Bermondsey Square is home to a regular antiques market, and parts of the district are a major destination for foodies with outlets for artisan food producers, cafés and restaurants concentrated around Maltby Street. To the south of Bermondsey, the Old Kent Road offers access to a range of national retail chains and supermarkets.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.