One of London’s hot property spots, London SE1 has seen some spectacular luxury homes coming on the market in recent months.
One such stunning example is the 4,600 sq ft of accommodation which is the Penthouse at Benbow House. The largest of its type in the area, the apartment currently graces three floors and is available to view through Pastor Real Estate.
Apart from the fact you happen to be in the heart of one of the most exciting and culturally-significant cities in the world, why else would you look to invest in some classy bricks and mortar in this area of London which stretches from the south bank of the River Thames right through Waterloo and further on from Tower Bridge? Well, here’s our top 10 reasons why:
Not only is the New Globe Theatre a hop, skip and a jump away (or 15 minutes walk), but you’ll also find the National Theatre and the world-famous Old Vic laughably close by. Then there is the Unicorn Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Royal Festival Hall and the impressive Menier Chocolate Factory.
2. Arts and Exhibitions
You’ll find an abundance of stunning exhibitions of both fine and modern art in and around London SE1. There is the world-renowned Tate Modern, a mere 20 minutes or so walk away, for starters. Or, how about a visit to the Imperial War Museum, Bankside Gallery and the ever-popular Fashion & Textile Museum?
3. World-famous Food Markets
Centuries old Borough Market (or ‘London’s Larder’) has some of the most delicious food in the whole of England while in the nearby new Maltby Street Market a whole range of artisan food and drink specialists open their warehouses to the public on Saturdays. Check out Coleman Coffee Roasters and the Borough Cheese Company’s delectable French Mountain offering.
Once you’ve enjoyed lunch there is the century-old Foyles bookshop to browse an afternoon away in. We’re sure fashionistas won’t be able to resist a visit to designer Paul Smith’s Borough shop or nearby Michael McGrath’s lifestyle store at Bermondsey Street where the former Burberry’s head of menswear sells everything from clothes to art works. Bermondsey antique market is also a must-visit in our opinion, as is Le Pond de la Tour for gourmet delights.
5. Dining Out
And talking of food, Michellin-starred Gordon Ramsay’s new Union Street Restaurant is pretty much a talking point in London SE1 but so too is Gillray’s on Westminster Bridge Road, Bistro 51 at Buckinham Gate and nearby Bank.
If clubbing is your thing then the world-famous Ministry of Sound resides in SE1 at Elephant and Castle. One of the newer night clubs on the scene is Cable, with its 24-hour licence and 1000 plus capacity. For a rather more sophisticated soiree the Oxo Tower and Brasserie offers cocktails to the accompaniment of a Jazz Piano. Meanwhile Ronnie Scotts is just over the river.
7. General Entertainment
Catch favourite films on the biggest screen in Britain and in 3D at the London Imax Cinema in Waterloo. The Roxy Bar and Screen’s Popcorn Comedy Nights are always a fun night too.
Europe’s tallest skyscraper, the Shard is a stunning representation of modern architecture and a contrast to nearby buildings of stone. In a similar vein the London City Hall in Bermondsey, also known as the Glass Egg, is an eyecatching and ‘must see’ orb of glass and steel. For those who like their architecture a big more ancient there’s the gothic Southwark Cathedral and the Old Operating Theatre.
St George’s on Westminster Bridge is the first Catholic Cathedral in the UK following the reformation in the mid 1980s and its splendour really shouldn’t be missed. Nor should the Tower Bridge’s glass floor. We’ve mentioned it before, but if it’s history you’re after then the Old Vic Theatre, built on Lambeth Marsh 200 years ago is worth marvelling at too.
10, Sports facilities
Enjoy a swim on the rooftop pool at Shoreditch House or go karting at London Tower Bridge. Then again, for those who prefer to watch rather than partake in sport the Barrowboy and Banker on Borough High Street offer giant screens and a lively atmospere alongside some fine ales or two.