Bermondsey area guide
Walk along the Thames or hit Bermondsey Street, and find the best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do
Once an important part of London's river trade, Bermondsey sat derelict for several decades, until the area's wharves were renovated in the 1980s. Now it is a lively part of town. It has some exceptionally good restaurants and coffee houses, although they can sometimes be a bit tricky to find. Bermondsey also has plenty of excellent bars and pubs, usually packed to the brim with visitors and regulars. The things to do in Bermondsey can turn Londoners into tourists: The Scoop in particular attracts both out-of-towners and locals to its free quality events.
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- Rated as: 3/5
- Critics choice
Opened in 1989 (following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse established in the V&A by Terence Conran), the Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. The smart Blueprint Café has a balcony overlooking the Thames. You can buy design books in the museum shop, as well as products related to the exhibitions. Exhibitions are usually accompanied by a programme of workshops for children.
- 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
An outdoor ampitheatre poistioned in between London and Tower Bridge, The Scoop plays host to all manner of activities and entertainment - from daily get fit classes to dance and theatre.
- More London Riverside, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, SE1 2DB
- Rated as: 4/5
Europe's largest cruiser from WWII, HMS Belfast is now a floating naval museum, a landmark on the Thames near Tower Bridge, with its nine huge decks, including gun turrets, punishment rooms and an operating theatre. 'HMS Belfast in War and Peace' tells the story of the HMS Belfast from her inception in the mid-1930s to the decision to save her for the nation in 1971. Original artefacts, documents, plans and drawings (as well as contemporary paintings, photographs, models and audio-visual displays) give a detailed account of the life and times of the warship and the men who served in her.
- The Queen's Walk, SE1 2JH
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