Area Guide (SE16 & SE17)
Find your new home in SE16 & SE17
The charm of SE16 is that although the boundary line blurs between the bustling epicentre of SE1, it offers much more space and tranquility. As a place that prides itself in creating community inclusivity with its community-run projects and spaces, it’s no wonder this area is thriving!
SE16 is a hit for first time buyers and those who wish to invest in their family home. Not forgetting the jewel of the area- the Surrey commerical docks. There you can find restaurants and pubs lining the Thames- perfect for whiling away the hours on a Summer’s day or cosying up next to a crackling open fire in the Winter.
The Mayflower holds the title of the oldest pub to reside on the Thames. This hidden gem in Rotherhithe, nestled between old dock buildings , has true authentic charm as a traditional British pub.
The dark and moody interior is offset by the flickering candle light- making the Mayflower the perfect venue to cosy up in. Or venture outside to their pub garden terrace as the views of London are second to none!
The pub was supposedly the place where pilgrims had a drink and meal before they set off for the new world so soak up the atmosphere and maybe pretend you’re in Poldark!
An atmospheric building in the centre of the picturesque Southwark Park where local and visiting artists showcase their work. The gallery’s mission statement states “access to art for all”- and CGP certainly achieves this!
The community is the central vision for the gallery; they frequently hold exhibitions by local artists, schools, Universities and art clubs. There is also an allotment at the side of CGP where local residents can get involved and children can learn about growing fruit and vegetables.
Even better is that a lot of the activities and exhibitions ran for the community is free!
A farm in London?
Yes, it exists!
The Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe features an astounding backdrop of City life looming behind this quaint farm- it’s quite something!
The farm is a great symbol of the community. It’s a working farm that is free to enter 7 days a week! They get help from the volunteers mucking in and you can reap the rewards of the hard work at the farm shop.
Anyone can volunteer so why not give it a go?
There is usually a lot of activity happening down at Surrey Docks Farm! Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date: https://twitter.com/surreydocksfarm
This area is renowned for its quirky residents living side by side. The history of this area is deeply rooted in the working class community of old- this is probably why they have managed to preserve its authentic charm.
SE17 has a wonderful mix of airy Victorian conversions and modern apartments so it’s likely that you will find a home to suit you here!
Welcome to Walworth Road, where the diverse mix of cross cultural food, shops and bars will entice you try something new everyday!
Walworth Road is close to Kennington and Elephant and Castle tube stations- perfect for travel to any part of the City. But unlike other areas of London, gentrification has still been warded off (for now anyway!), which makes this part of Southwark a bit of a diamond in the rough.
A must try in Walworth Road is the global cuisine that’s on offer. Ditch the croissant and head further afield for your morning patisserie at La Chatica Cafe. La Chatica Cafe and Bakery serves up delights from Latin America, believe me- you won’t look back!
A quirky looking cafe with an equally quirky backstory!
An Italian coffee machine has been custom mounted on to a Russian sidecar, which has been on journeys across the UK setting up at events & festivals!
Their permanent home is Spare Street, where you can find staff who are passionate about their Italian coffee. Don’t be put off by the exterior, the coffee and food are reasonably priced.
You shouldn’t miss out on a sourdough toasties either, the bread is sourced from a local bakery and the taste is unbelievable!
If you want a super throw back to the parties you had as a child with stodgy chips and electric blue Slushies; then the Palace Superbowl bowling alley is where to go!
In London, places often have to manufacture the eclectic look and vibe. However, the Palace Superbowl is so unashamedly dated, it’s simply great fun.
Take a group of friends and see how inevitably competitive the harmless game gets! With a licensed bar too, the games can get very interesting…
The Artworks in Elephant and Castle is a vibrant community of artisan cafe’s, designers and artists housed in multicoloured shipping containers!
A truly unique venue that incorporates the community and wants to get everyone involved. Try an art class, dabble in yoga, do your work in the social hub, or just enjoy an organic coffee in one of the friendly cafe’s.
- Trains – National Rail mainline stations: South Bermondsey (SE16) / Elephant & Castle (SE17)
- Tube – Southern Line (SE16) / Northern Line (SE17)
- Bus – 381 Towards Rotherhithe (SE16) / 388 Towards Southwark Station (SE17)
- Cycle routes – Santander Bikes available to hire in Central London