The best weekend itinerary in London’s Southwark

The best weekend itinerary in London’s Southwark

Tired of the typical, run-of-the-mill weekend plans? Nestled on the south bank of the River Thames, Southwark boasts a vibrant, cosmopolitan neighbourhood that promises a long list of attractions guaranteed to spice up your weekend itinerary. Traditional pubs coexist with hipster coffee shops, centuries-old landmarks and modern architecture line the streets in perfect harmony, whilst plenty of performance venues compete for your attention.  

Join us as we uncover the top things to do in Southwark on the weekend, all within a short walk from the Elephant and Castle underground station, linking to our soon-to-be-launched New Kent Row development in just 10 minutes. 

For Art Enthusiasts  

One of the highlights is the Shakespeare's Globe, a reconstruction of the original theatre where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed. Here, you can watch a play, take a guided tour, or participate in a workshop to learn more about the Bard's work and Elizabethan stagecraft. 

Art enthusiasts will appreciate the famous Tate Modern, one of the world's leading contemporary art museums. It houses works from international artists and offers a variety of exhibitions, installations, and interactive displays. The museum also offers workshops and talks that allow visitors to engage with contemporary art on a deeper level. 

Just a stone's throw away you'll find the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, a modern tortoise shell of creativity that is worth a visit. A hip art hub celebrated for championing contemporary art, this gallery has breathed life into the works of many fresh and innovative artists, showcasing cutting-edge exhibitions of sculptures, paintings, and installations. There is never a dull moment – and whatever weekend you choose to visit, you'll have a chance to experience something new and inspiring.  

For Foodies 

Food lovers should not miss the Borough Market, one of the oldest and largest food markets in London. Here, you can sample a wide range of international cuisines, purchase fresh produce, and even participate in cooking demonstrations and food tastings. The market is also home to several restaurants and cafes, offering a culinary experience that extends beyond the market stalls. 

For a quieter and more authentic alternative to the bustling Borough Market, take a leisurely stroll down the Ropewalk at Maltby Street, where you'll discover a burgeoning food scene. This hidden gem is brimming with local artisan start-ups, offering a diverse range of global culinary treats infused with a distinct London flair.  

For History buffs 

History fanatics can explore the iconic HMS Belfast, a historic warship that served during World War II. Now a museum, the ship offers interactive exhibits that provide insight into naval warfare and life on board a warship. Visitors can explore the ship's nine decks, including the engine rooms, operation rooms, and living quarters. 

Southwark Cathedral, another historical landmark, offers guided tours that delve into its rich history and architectural beauty. The cathedral also hosts concerts and other cultural events, providing a unique blend of history and entertainment.  

For thrill-seekers 

For those seeking a bit of adventure, you can try climbing at The Arch Climbing Wall. This indoor climbing centre offers a variety of climbing routes for all skill levels, making it a fun and challenging activity for both beginners and experienced climbers. 

For leisure seekers 

Finally, for a more leisurely activity, you can stroll along the South Bank. This riverside walkway offers stunning views of the city and is home to several attractions, including the London Eye and the National Theatre. The South Bank also hosts various events throughout the year, from food festivals to art installations, adding to the unique vibrancy of the area. 

This borough, with its rich history, sprawling riverside, and myriad cultural offerings, is always buzzing, eager to offer you a weekend filled with new tastes and experiences. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a culture buff, a foodie or an art lover, or all of the above, Southwark will keep revealing itself as one of London’s most exciting districts to spend the perfect, fun-filled weekend. 

Interested in having all that Southwark has to offer on your doorstep? New Kent Row is launching soon, offering one, two and three bedroom Open Market Sale homes in this ever-evolving part of London, just a 10-minute walk from Elephant and Castle. Register your interest to stay updated here.