Attractions and Places to Visit in South East London

A maze of cobbled streets, wharves and warehouses runs along the river from London Bridge to Rotherhithe, with some of London’s most significant cultural landmarks in the mix.

 

Here you’ll find Tower Bridge, Tate Modern and the Design Museum. Ancient Borough Market is the epicentre of London’s foodie revolution and its effects are felt throughout Southwark. The area attracts a gourmet crowd alongside City professionals and media types keen for a quick commute.

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals are located here, and a number of medical students and doctors live in the area. Further east beyond Rotherhithe is Surrey Quays, an area to watch with plans for exciting property developments, and then Greenwich, a World Heritage Site whose elegant buildings speak volumes about the maritime history of London. The area is a major draw for tourists and students at weekends and, with lots of open space, gorgeous riverside pubs and a buzzing market, there’s a carefree vibe.

 

West of London Bridge is Kennington, which developed after the completion of Westminster Bridge in 1750. Consequently, it’s packed with pretty Georgian squares and historically is a favourite place for politicians and government workers to live, as it allows them to enjoy a ten minute walk to work.

Eltham Palace & Gardens

Eltham Palace & Gardens

If the weather is favourable, it is well worth making the effort to visit this 1930s art deco residence, which also has attractive moated gardens and the remains of a Tudor royal palace.
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Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

Set in a park and heralded by two huge 15-inch naval guns from 1914, this formidable museum looks at the horrors and heroics of modern war. In July 2014 it completed a major £40m refurbishment...
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Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

Set beside the Thames, this is a “best guess” reconstruction of a 1599 playhouse where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many great plays. It is both educational and enjoyable...
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London Eye

London Eye

Soaring 135 metres above the River Thames, this slowly rotating observation wheel is a wonder to look at – and on a clear day the half-hour round trip is a memorable way to get a fine view over London.
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Tate Modern

Tate Modern

This former riverside power station is now an immensely popular museum devoted to modern and contemporary art since 1900. Major exhibitions are mixed with permanent collections...
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Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich

Three outstanding attractions stand in and beside Greenwich Park, forming the nucleus for a rewarding day out. The Royal Observatory has been home to the Meridian Line, 0º Longitude...
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