Bermondsey is a South London district that falls within the London Borough of Southwark. In the past, the area’s economy has relied on business from the nearby docks and the subsequent food and river trade industries, but it has also built up a reputation as a popular spa destination.
The area was left derelict for many years following the Second World War, but was resurrected in the ‘80s. Bermondsey Village has become a hub for London’s artists and young creatives, which has helped grow a thriving food and drink scene as well as seeing a rise in fashion boutiques and art galleries.
Now a popular destination with socialites and celebrities, Bermondsey real estate is highly sought after, with everything from pre-war architecture to Georgian townhouses on offer. There’s also been a recent effort to develop the area as a business district, with the addition of The Shard and a large public plaza, and the overhaul of London Bridge train station.
Information about the local residents
Bermondsey’s current population sits at around 40,000, but this is expected to rise dramatically to roughly 55,000 over the next ten to fifteen years. This increased demand for housing in the area has resulted in high house prices, with properties ranging in value from £130,00 to upwards of £2.5 million.
The current residents represent a diverse mix of ethnicities, with approximately 60% describing themselves as White British, 14% as Black African and 4% Black Caribbean, while other ethnicities include Chinese, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani.
Approximately 75% of the population are of working age, and around 33% are between 30 and 44 years old.
Bermondsey is renowned for its top quality education, with a number of state-run and independent schools available for children of all ages.
Some of the most popular primary schools in the area include St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School, St James Church of England School and Southwark Primary School. Choice secondary schools include the Harris Academy, St Michael’s Secondary School and the City of London Academy.
Post 16 education is available at Southwark College, which provides both professional and vocational further education courses, access courses and higher education courses.
University students have easy access to all London’s many universities, but the closest campuses are London South Bank University and the University of Greenwich. Students can also undertake undergraduate or postgraduate studies at Blakehall College.
The most convenient mode of travel in Bermondsey is via London’s extensive tube and train network. London Bridge station serves as the area’s central point of access, with regular intercity and national train services running, as well as the Jubilee Line underground.
South Bermondsey Overground station is also within easy reach, and operates services run by Southeastern Trains.
There is also a reliable bus network, with routes running across London, as well as many cycling and pedestrian routes.
For international travel, residents have easy access to all London’s main airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
Bermondsey’s artistic community means there’s no end of entertainment in the area. One popular destination is the White Cube Gallery, which puts on regular exhibitions and shows, while the Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile Museum has become recognisable for its bright building.
The Scoop outdoor amphitheatre is another great venue, offering a unique way to see film screenings and live music – often with free entrance. It even transforms into an ice rink during the winter.
There’s also a number of must-visit restaurants and eateries lining Maltby Street – known as a foodie’s heaven. Nearby you’ll find the antiques market of Bermondsey Square, and the popular shopping street on Old Kent Road.
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