South Bank Area Guide
The strip of land that was once known as ‘Lambeth Marsh’ was regenerated in 1951 to commemorate the Festival of Britain. With a two-mile procession of diverse and largely state-funded arts and events venues, South Bank is now recognised as the cultural heart of the capital, boasting some of London’s most celebrated arts venues including the Southbank Centre, the Royal National Theatre and BFI Southbank. And the area considered to be part of the South Bank is growing, incorporating a deeper stretch of the streets south of the river.
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With a pedestrianised, tree-lined riverside walkway full of restaurants, food markets and historic pubs, the South Bank is the perfect place to take in the views of the City skyline over a spot of lunch or post-work drinks. A neighbourhood that is famed as much for its vibrant mix of Brutalist architecture, historical and contemporary buildings, as it is for the skaters that glide through the Undercroft Skate Space, this is an area that’s very much alive, day and night.
A continuous celebration of art, the South Bank features everything from fine art through to the street art displayed on the banks of the River Thames. The newly renovated Hayward Gallery, features some of the world’s most renowned artists in its exhibition programme, while the Leake Street Tunnel at the underbelly of Waterloo Station is an ever-changing graffiti showcase.
While the South Bank may have made its name as a haven for all things leisure, a growing number of businesses are choosing to settle within SE1. Its central location and excellent transport links are a clear draw for fintech companies and start-up incubators, who are expanding from the more traditional tech hotspots such as Shoreditch and Soho in favour of the flexible office space the South Bank and its neighbouring London Bridge have on offer.
Much of the South Bank’s success is down to its proximity to public transport. The area is within walking distance of major railway terminals, north and south of the river, including Waterloo, Charing Cross and Blackfriars. And the South Bank is surrounded by tube stations to the east and west of the river, including Waterloo, Charing Cross, Southwark and Blackfriars.
CBRE has access to some of the South Bank’s funkiest flexible office space. Our dedicated team of experts combines extensive industry experience with deep-rooted local networks to help you find the perfect spaces for your needs, today and in the future