Introducing South-East London
Historically South East London was one of the city’s industrial hubs, all tight streets and tall warehouses storing goodies brought in on the Thames. You can still find the vestiges of the tanners (and other trades) that thrived here – the huge Leather, Hide and Wool Exchange building on Leathermarket Street being the grandest.
Today, that relic along with the rest of the area has donned more modern habiliments. Well-heeled workers from the city have found suitably slick and spacious waterside apartments here, while the hulking Bankside Power Station was turned into Tate Modern in 2000, now the most popular modern art gallery in the world.
The fine arts continue along the South Bank, which stretches from Waterloo Bridge to Tower Bridge. Cultural dignitaries including the British Film Institute, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall stand shoulder to concrete shoulder, while lunch is served at nearby Borough market – the focal point of London’s foodie-fuelled culinary revolution.