Not sure what you’re doing this weekend? Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a bite to eat, or a bit of culture you’re after, Bermondsey is one of our favourite spots in London to spend an afternoon exploring. The cobbled streets and old buildings lend a quaint feel to Southwark’s once-derelict area, but with some of London’s best markets, museums and cafes, the buzz of pedestrians entails that it doesn’t stay quiet for long. So here is PlusMinus’ guide to a day in Bermondsey…
BUT FIRST, COFFEE…
Start your day with a coffee from cheekily-named coffee house ‘Fuckoffee’. They do a mean oat-milk flat white, and their peanut butter banana smoothie is to die for. Need to do some work? They have comfy seats inside. Prefer to people watch? Sit outside on a table on the side of the street and enjoy the world passing by.
CHECK OUT A FREE ART GALLERY
Since its opening in 2011, White Cube Bermondsey has made quite a name for itself. It hosts three gallery spaces, along with a warehouse auditorium and a bookshop. Often exhibiting the unconventional and down right wacky, it’s ever changing exhibitions are always worth a look when passing.
EAT SOME OF LONDON’S BEST STREET FOOD
By this point you’re going to be hungry, and there’s no better place to cure those hunger pangs than Maltby Market. Be prepared to be hit by a wave of delicious smells- if you are an indecisive foodie this could turn out to be torture. We recommend sharing lots of little bites – oh, and sipping one of ‘Little Bird Gin’s’ famous Negronis.
Don’t give the boulder the shoulder! Bermondsey is home to ‘The Arch Climbing Wall’, one of the coolest bouldering (or indoor climbing for the less err, well climbed) centres in London! Perfect for a rainy day, or for something a little different.
POP INTO A MUSEUM
Pop into the Fashion and Textiles Museum and check out their current exhibition on the work of American fashion designer Ana Sui. ‘The World of Ana Sui’ featues over 100 looks from her archive and shows the progress and diversity of her work over the years. You can’t miss the building which stands out with it’s bright yellow and pink coloured brick work.
TOP OFF THE DAY WITH TAPAS
If you’re anything like us, you’re going to have worked up an appetite again by this point… There are tons of bars and restaurants to choose from, but we recommend tapas bar José. Dishes range from around £6-£9, but for the fresh ingredients and changing-specials on their chalkboard, the cosy feel and the popular nature of the restaurant, it’s worth every penny.