200 Borough High Street, Borough, SE1 1JXShow on map
The London City Hotel is a 18 room 3 star budget friendly hotel which is located in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The nearest tube station to the London City... Read More »
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34 Long Lane, Borough, SE1 4NHShow on map
"Award winning 180 apartment modern complex" Marlin Empire Square is a landmark development of over 180 serviced apartments in Southwark, South East London. The nearest tube station to Empire Square is Borough... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
53 - 61 Southwark Bridge Road, Borough, SE1 9HHShow on map
The Novotel London City South Hotel is a 182 room, 4 star hotel which is located in Southwark, South East London. The nearest tube station to the The Novotel London City South Hotel is London Bridge which is... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
47 Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark, SE1 9HHShow on map
The Ibis Styles Southwark Rose Hotel is a 114 room, 3 star hotel which is based in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The nearest tube station to the hotel is London... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
20 Lavington Street, Southwark, SE1 0NZShow on map
Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards, 2011: cutting-edge boutique hotel TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2011: Trendiest Hotel in the World 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2009: The World’s Best... Read More »
203 Long Lane, SE1, Southwark, SE1 4TQShow on map
Think London Bridge is a modern development of apartments suitable for short stays in London. Borough is the nearest Underground station, 0.7 miles away, on the Northern Line (Bank branch) between London... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
8-18 London Bridge Street, London Bridge, SE1 9SGShow on map
Hotel Information This 4-Star classic hotel is in South London a few hundred feet from London Bridge rail and tube stations, which are in Travelcard Zone 1. London Bridge Underground station is served... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
71-79 Southwark Street, Southwark, SE1 0JAShow on map
“Mercure London Bankside provides guests with a wealth of facilities” The Mercure London Bankside is a 144 room, 4 star hotel which is based in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Bankside, 34 Park Street, Southwark, SE1 9EFShow on map
Premier Inn London Southwark, Bankside, is a modern budget hotel. It is very close to London Bridge tube and mainline railway stations (0.3 miles away), in Travelcard Zone 1. London Bridge Underground is... Read More »
30 Borough Road, Borough, SE1 0AJShow on map
The Bridge Hotel is a 60 room, budget friendly hotel which is based in Southwark, South East London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The closest tube station to the Bridge Hotel is Borough. This... Read More »
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Borough is the colloquial name for the area immediately on the south bank of The Thames, when crossing Southwark Bridge. Located in the Borough of Southwark and surrounded by London Bridge and Waterloo, the area is one of the most historic in the city and it has a very colourful history.
The area was settled in Roman times and there is evidence of pre-historic activity where burial mounds have been discovered. The area was largely in the thrall of the church during the Middle Ages, and it didn't come into its own until the 13th century, when it became known for its inns, one of which played a big part in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and attracted an artistic, literary set, who largely visited for the more salacious activities in the area, which was known as a red light district.
In the 16th century, Borough was the site of The Rose and The Globe Theatres, where Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe showcased their plays and much like Covent Garden today, the area was renowned for street entertainment such as bull and bear baiting.
Although The Rose has long since gone (although a theatre has been built in homage in Kingston-upon-Thames, just outside London), The Globe Theatre has been faithfully rebuilt as it was, complete with pews and an area for the audience to stand. The theatre has a full programme of Shakespearian and modern plays throughout the year, although the audience is a lot more respectful than in Shakespeare's day and no longer spit orange pips at the actors. The theatre also has an interesting exhibition documenting its history and displaying some fascinating artifacts, such as Shakespeare's original manuscripts.
The proliferation of theatres in the area alongside The Southwark Fair, an occasion of much drinking and debauchery later documented by artist William Hogarth, meant the area became renowned for the disreputable behaviour of its inhabitants and perhaps accounts for the many prisons, which were located nearby. One of these, The Clink is now a museum, where you can see the horrific conditions petty criminals were kept in and you can try out the stocks for yourself. The area is now a very upmarket and expensive area to live, so it is unlikely you will see people being carted off to jail, but you can still live vicariously by visiting the many historic taverns, now gastro pubs, which still exist and are usually packed with tourists and locals alike.
Borough is also home to one of London's most beloved markets, Borough Market, where established and fledgling food producers tout their wares. Here you will find a delectable mix of meats, cheeses, wines and baked goods and a very jovial atmosphere. In the summer it is a great place to pick up some goodies for a picnic then head down to the Tate Modern to it on the grass and look out over The Thames. From Borough you can also see some of London' most recognisable landmarks from the river, including 'The Gherkin' building, City Hall (also known as 'The Head Lamp') and the newest addition, Renzo Piano's 'The Shard', which towers over the Victorian and post-war terrace houses, which line the streets. Borough is also in a convenient location to reach The London Dungeon, the 'Scariest day out in the city' and The Imperial War Museum, which offers an insightful look into conflict throughout the ages and around the world.
Although you can walk to many London sites from Borough, its tube station is well connected to the centre of the city via the eastern branch of the Northern Line, from which you can reach King's Cross St Pancras Station, for travel on the Eurostar. Hotels in the area tend to be pricier due to the attractions nearby, but Bermondsey and Kennington both offer cheaper accommodation and are only a few stops away on the tube.