Bankside is one of the oldest settlements in Britain and its early history owes much to its riverside location.
When the Romans founded Londinium on the north bank of the Thames, a bridge was built near the present day London Bridge, and the surrounding area has been inhabited ever since. William Shakespeare lived and worked here.
Bankside is dominated by Tate Modern, one of the world’s finest art galleries. The quirky streets around Tate Modern are ideal for exploring on foot – with galleries including Bankside Gallery and Jerwood Space, and the trendy shops and restaurants of Bankside Mix.
Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition and tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bard’s time, and the converted Menier Chocolate Factory offers world-class productions. It’s also a great area for an immersive historical experience: try the Golden Hinde ship or the Clink Prison Museum.
Historic pubs such as The George and The Anchor have long been favoured by famous Londoners – from Charles Dickens to Samuel Pepys – or search out The Rake, London’s smallest bar.