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Ten Things to do in Bermondsey Street SE1

London Guide: Ten Things to do in Bermondsey Street, London SE1. Homeboy and I were out exploring last week and found ourselves walking down this beautiful street. Just around the corner from London Bridge station and overlooked by The Shard, this historic part of London has a lot to offer. See my Ten Things to do in Bermondsey Street, which includes visiting the London Glassblowing Gallery, White Cube and 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. (I wrote this article in 2017; since then, I have moved around the corner from Bermondsey Street. I’ve also updated a few things on this post because many restaurants have opened up).

Ten Things to do in Bermondsey Street List

10 Things to do in Bermondsey Street SE1

1. Spot the Shard, which overlooks Bermondsey Street

2. Appreciate the architecture, which includes historical buildings and warehouses

3. Browse the artwork at the Eames Fine Art Gallery

4. Watch glassblowing at the London Glassblowing Gallery

5. View The Shared statue by Austin Emery

6. See an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

7. Tuck into a gastro lunch at The Garrison Public House or one of the other restaurants

8. Browse contemporary art at the White Cube gallery for free

9. Admire the St Mary Magdalen 17th century Grade II* listed building

10. Get your caffeine fix at Watch House

Ten Things to do in Bermondsey Street Details

bermondsey street the shard

The Shard: Take a picture of The Shard, which overlooks the area, and 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.

bermondsey street historic buildings

Historic Buildings: As you walk down this street, 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.

bermondsey street eames fine art gallery

Eames Fine Art Gallery: 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. They are located at number 58. See the website for more information.

bermondsey street london glassblowing gallery

London Glassblowing Gallery: Next is the London Glassblowing Gallery and Studio, which Peter Layton set up.  You can browse the contemporary glass art pieces and then watch the glassblowers at work in the open studio. It is located at numbers 62-66. For more information, read my London Glassblowing feature.

bermondsey street the shared

The Shared Statue: 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 limestones carved pieces which local sculptor Austin Emery put together.

bermondsey street fashion and textile museum

Fashion and Textile Museum: Cross over the road to gain entry into the Fashion and Textile Museum. Bermondsey Street and the immediate area have a historical association with the fashion industry, making this museum 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.

bermondsey street the garrison pub

The Garrison Public House: If you fancy lunch instead, you must visit The Garrison Public House, a highly regarded gastropub. They serve dishes using seasonal British produce, ranging 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. Read my Garrison Breakfast Review. See the website for more information. There are plenty of restaurants to try on Bermondsey Street, including Cafe Murano (Italian), Flour and Grape (Pasta), Jose (Tapas), Pizzaro (Spanish), Hakata (Ramen) and more.

bermondsey street white cube

White Cube Gallery: 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 numbers 144-152. See the website for more information.

bermondsey street st mary magdalen

St Mary Magdalen Church: Stop to admire the St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey is an Anglican church 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. It is located at number 193 on the street. See the website for more information.

watch house coffee bermondsey street

Get your caffeine fix, croissants, cakes and savoury filled wraps food from Watch House; it’s inside a historic 19th-century graveyard watch house building, hence the name!

Ten Things to do in 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. Good days to visit are Fridays when you can also browse the Antiques Market or Saturdays to eat at the Maltby Street Food Market. Read my feature about Maltby Street. See my Love Bermondsey London Pinterest Board for more photographs of the area.

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy, for visiting with me.