About the area
Southwark is the historic home of the capital's arts and entertainment industry. London's first theatres, the Globe, the Hope, and the Rose, were all built here in the XVI century and saw the first performances of the Shakespeare’s plays. The rebuilt Globe Theatre is now one of the best dramatic venues in London, while the neighbouring Tate Modern, housed in Bankside Power Station, is among the world's most popular art galleries. London's modern City Hall and the magnificent, gothic Southwark Cathedral complete the remarkable set of buildings that show five centuries of London's architectural achievements. Next to Bankside, the borough takes in the up-and-coming areas of Bermondsey, Camberwell, and Peckham, the latter area being where Only Fools and Horses was set. This part of London is currently popular with young professionals and artists due to its proximity to the centre of the town and the low property prices. The nearby Borough Market is heaving with fresh, organic food and drinks, while to the south lies leafy, suburban Dulwich, which forms a welcome contrast to the bustling energy that defines the rest of London's oldest areas.
The borough of Southwark undergoes constant regeneration, which attracts more and more people. In particular, Southwark consists of many modern districts, among which the most popular are Elephant and Castle, Newington, Bermondsey, and Waterloo. The borough provides an easy reach to the City of London.
Southwark is a historic area. It is a proven fact that Romans settled here originally. In fact, the remains of their civilization have been found here.
Nowadays, there are numerous houses from the XIX century made of red bricks in Southwark that come along with rather big gardens. In general, Southwark has an interesting and captivating architecture.
Some celebrities live or used to live in this area too, for example, Charlie Chaplin.
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