Homegirl London’s Guide: Bermondsey Street, London SE1. Homeboy and I were out exploring last week and found ourselves walking down Bermondsey Street. Just around the corner from London Bridge station and overlooked by The Shard, this historic part of London has a lot to offer. Visit the London Glassblowing Gallery, White Cube or the Fashion and Textile Museum. When you’re hungry you can dine out at the many restaurants on this road and end up at Bermondsey Square at the end of the street.
Bermondsey Street Highlights
Take a picture of The Shard which overlooks the area. You will see it towering over the railway arches and shining down upon the street. I love the juxtaposition of new London and its glass filled architecture mingled with historic buildings.
As you walk down this street, which is now a conservation area, you will see many old warehouses and houses. If you’re in a hurry rushing to work, you might not take time out to appreciate the wealth of history here. Have a good look around because you will discover old signage painted on the side of buildings and heritage architecture.
Begin your exploration of this street by getting your caffeine fix at the Black Swan Yard Coffee hatch. Order a speciality coffee and treat yourself to a Snapery Bakery pastry. My recommendation is a flat white with a cardamom bun. Located at number 37 on the street.
Black Swan Yard Coffee Hatch
After your caffeine fix you can browse around the Eames Fine Art Gallery. The founders are Rebecca and Vincent Eames who focus on work by established masters of Modern and Contemporary Art. They specialise in original etchings, lithographs and drawings. Located at number 58. See the website for more information.
Eames Fine Art Gallery
Next is the London Glassblowing Gallery and Studio which was set up by Peter Layton. You can browse the contemporary glass art pieces and then watch the glassblowers at work in the open studio. Located at number 62-66. For more information read my London Glassblowing feature.
London Glassblowing Gallery and Studio
Look out for Carmarthen Place which is just past the London Glassblowing Gallery. If you glance down this cobbled street you can see ‘The Shared’ statue which stands 4.5 metres tall on the grounds of the Tyres Estate. The design features over 100 limestone carved pieces which were put together by local sculptor Austin Emery.
The Shared Statue
Cross over the road to gain entry into the Fashion and Textile Museum. Bermondsey Street and the immediate area has a historic association with the fashion industry which makes this museum all the more special. It was founded in 2003 by Dame Zandra Rhodes, a famous British designer who has bright pink hair! The exhibitions change so check online before you visit. There is also a lovely café in the building. The museum is located at number 83 on the street. See the website for more information.
Fashion and Textile Museum
If you fancy lunch instead then you must visit The Garrison Public House which is a highly regarded gastropub. They serve dishes using seasonal British produce which range from a full English fry up in the morning to ale battered fish and chips for Sunday lunch. Located at numbers 99-101 on the street. See the website for more information.
The Garrison Public House
Art lovers will be in for a real treat when they reach the White Cube. This 1970s building houses three exhibition spaces, private view rooms, an auditorium, bookshop, office space and a warehouse. It’s free to view the exhibitions which are often thought provoking and adventurous. You will find the gallery at number 144-152. See the website for more information.
Stop to admire the St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey is an Anglican church which was built in the late 17th century and has Grade II* listed building status. A church on this site dates back before that time to 1290. The churchyard at the rear houses listed monuments and tombs. Located at number 193 on the street. See the website for more information.
St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey
Near Bermondsey Street
At the end of the street you will come across Bermondsey Square. The Antiques Market is hosted here on Fridays, read my review. The Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays. Monday to Thursday you can tuck into street food. Also check out the Shortwave Cinema and the Vitrine Gallery. Visit the website to find out more.
Bermondsey Street Information
If you want to visit this street it is best to travel to London Bridge Tube Station (Jubilee and Northern Lines) or London Bridge Train Station (Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern). Borough Tube Station (Northern Line) is also close by. Good days to visit are Fridays when you can also browse the Antiques Market or Saturdays when you can eat at the Maltby Street Food Market. Read my feature about Maltby Street.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for visiting with me.
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