Published: 04/03/2022Getting to Know Your Neighbourhood: Bermondsey Edition
Our estate agents have been helping tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers across Bermondsey for a number of years. We’ve trekked the length and breadth of this SE district to get a feel for the neighbourhood. To introduce you the area our estate agents have put together this guide.
Bermondsey is a busy area in south east London, near the iconic Tower Bridge. Bermondsey occupies both SE1 and SE16 postcodes and is in the London Borough of Southwark. Bermondsey combines riverside and a more suburban sense of living within London, offering a true mixture of properties from those with river views to warehouse conversions and family homes. Our estate agents can’t recommend Bermondsey enough.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Bermondsey developed into an industrial centre, primarily known for tanning and leather work. In later years, as the port of London grew, numerous wharves and warehouses were built in the area, and it became a food processing district. Ships docked at Bermondsey to unload herbs, spices, and teas from across the globe, leading to its Victorian nickname ‘the larder of London’.
The red brick Victorian buildings that once stored foodstuffs are now home to flats, offices, and restaurants. If you visit Shad Thames and look up, you’ll even see the walkways that were originally used to roll barrels between storage spaces.
Bermondsey’s railway arches are full of niche eateries and breweries. Our estate agents particularly love:
- The Kernel Brewery Taproom: this is an informal brewery/ pub located within arch 7 of the railway lines. The Kernel Brewery offers a range of craft beer, outdoor seating, and extremely friendly service.
- Coco Grill & Lounge: if you’re looking for exceptional Mediterranean food with river views, look no further. Coco offers mocktails, shisha, and an extensive range of well-cooked meat and fish dishes.
- Bar Tozino: a tapas bar that is always buzzing and offers excellent food and wine. Ideal for group gatherings as well as a romantic date night, this hidden gem never fails to disappoint.
- Casse Croute: you smell this French restaurant before you even see it! The vibe in here is very Parisian, with tightly packed chairs and tables. Dine outside in the warmer months to feel like you’ve been whisked away.
- 214 Bermondsey: if you like gin, then this is the bar to try it in. The bartenders here love to challenge your taste buds and will encourage you to sample new gins, talking you through the tasting notes along the way.
- Cafe Amisha: this popular Italian restaurant is a local favourite – we recommend you always take a look at the specials board! It also has a shop attached to it so that you can buy Italian produce to prepare high quality dishes at home.
- Crol and Co: coffee shop by day and cocktails by night. Need we say more
- Maltby Street Market: this market pops up every Saturday and Sunday, offering a plethora of food and drink options. Expect everything from grilled cheese toasties, local gin, craft beer and scotch eggs to brownies waffles.
- Spa Terminus – a few of the producers here open their retail to the public during the week. You can see locals queuing outside such arches but shhhh, it’s a bit of a hidden secret! We love Little Bread Pedlar here!
Tube: Bermondsey station is on the Jubilee line which provides links to Westminster, Canary Wharf, Green Park, Bond Street, Stratford, and Wembley.
Rail: Trains from South Bermondsey station connect to London Bridge in one stop around 8 minutes.
Bus: Bermondsey is very central, so there are several TfL buses offering transport to most of the city, as well as south to hotspots like Peckham.
Bike: There is a mostly traffic free route from Bermondsey to Camberwell, thanks to the South Bermondsey walk and cycle network.
Parents in the Bermondsey area are spoilt for choice, our estate agents know of an impressive number of local schools. Our personal favourites include St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School, St Michael’s Catholic College, and the City of London School.
If you want to know more about Bermondsey, our estate agents are happy to walk you through the area. Get in touch to speak to a member of our helpful team.