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Bankside Travel Trade Manual – November 2006
Travel Trade Manual
Shakespeare’s Globe
Millennium Bridge
Golden Hinde
Borough Market
Tate Modern
Bankside Travel Trade Manual – November 2006
Bankside Travel Trade Manual – November 2006
Table of Contents
Group Discounts………………………………………………………………………..5
More than a Day……………………………………………………………………….21
Getting Here and Getting Around…………………………………………………26
Other Services………………………………………………………………………….31
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Contemporary, Cultural, Food-tastic, Arty.
Deriving its name from one of the medieval causeways built to hold back the
Thames, the early history of Bankside owes much to its riverside location. Beyond
the jurisdiction of the City of London, but only a short ferry-ride away, Bankside
became home to a number of boisterous establishments that could not be located
within the City bounds as they were considered too cheap, too unsavoury or were
simply illegal. The main entertainments that drew crowds to Bankside were the
'stewhouses' (brothels), animal-baiting pits and public theatres, sometimes all at
once, as prostitutes would trawl the playhouses, which doubled as bear-baiting
arenas. The Rose, the Swan, the Globe and the Hope were the four Bankside
playhouses of the Tudor era, and some of the first ever in London (the very first
theatre was in Shoreditch and was dismantled to build the original Globe playhouse).
The theatres were forced out of business and out of existence in the seventeenth
century by the Puritans, who considered that Bankside was ‘Better termeda foule
dene then a faire garden’.
Undoubtedly, Bankside’s revival in the late twentieth century, when the theatres were
rediscovered, centred on the spectacular transformation of Bankside power station
into the internationally acclaimed Tate Modern, offering a permanent exhibition space
to contemporary masterpieces that the Tate was largely holding in storage.
Now Bankside is one of central London’s riverside destinations that stretches from
Blackfriars Bridge to London Bridge and that boasts some of London’s most iconic
attractions including Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe and a successful
Christmas event – the Bankside Frost Fair that attracts 100,000 visitors to Bankside
each year.
Bankside offers such a concentration of unique visual and performing art venues
including Bankside Gallery and the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre as well as a
plethora of independent restaurants and bars offering high quality food and drink on
top of the organic retailers within the well-known Borough Market. At Vinopolis,
London’s unique wine tasting attraction, you can learn all you need to know about
From the walkway you can admire views of the City of London and St Paul’s
Cathedral on the opposite shore, which is linked to Bankside by the Millennium
Bridge, the newest bridge to be built across the river.
[Please note: Bankside includes some of the south bank of the River Thames but it is
the ‘South Bank’. The South Bank is only the area on the south side of the River
Thames from the London Eye to Blackfriars Bridge; Bankside is its neighbour
covering Blackfriars Bridge to London Bridge.]
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Group Discounts
Bankside Gallery
Bankside Gallery are delighted to offer a 10% discount on all purchases in the
bookshop to groups of 10 people or more.
Catamaran Cruisers
Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more passengers, group
escorts/organisers and coach drivers travel for free. Groups are advised to book in
advance on 020 7987 1185.
The Clink Prison Museum
Groups of ten or more to The Clink Prison are entitled to use one of our specially
trained tour guides at a small cost offering groups an insight into the amazing history
of the Bankside and most importantly The Clink Prison, home to many interesting
characters. Call today to discuss any special offers or discounts we might be able to
offer you. Tel: 020 7403 0900
Golden Hinde
Golden Hinde offers one free place for every eight visitors the ship.
Shakespeare’s Globe
Groups are required to book in advance, and must be a minimum of 15 people.
Groups receive 1 free ticket in every 16. For further information contact: Group
Liaison Officer: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7902 1500, email:
Southwark Cathedral
Trade familiarization visits welcome. Contact the Cathedral Visitors’ Officer, David
Payne on 020 7367 6734 or at to arrange.
For an additional £2 per person each member of your group will receive a copy of the
Cathedral’s authorized guidebook as a lasting memento of their visit. (Current retail
value £2.50). This has to be requested at time of booking.
Morning and afternoon tea menus for group bookings are available. For example:
Coffee / tea, home made scones, jam and cream = £2.95 per head including VAT.
Min number 10; max 50. Further details are available from the Visitors’ Officer.
Groups are entitled to special group discounts for all three of the self-guided
Vinopolis Wine Tasting Tours as well as a number of the exciting Tasting Workshops
we run. The discounts are available when booking in advance. Please contact the
sales team on 0870 241 4040 for further information.
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Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street, Bankside SE1 9JH
Tel: 020 7928 7521
Fax: 020 7928 2820
Home to the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal
Society of Painter-Printmakers, the Bankside Gallery holds regular exhibitions of
member’s works.
Opening Times
Daily 11am - 6pm
Admission Prices
Group Rates
Advance Bookings
Required for guided tours.
Guided Tours
Available on request.
School Packages
Please Enquire
Disabled Facilities
Fully accessible with ramp access, no toilet facilities.
Catering Facilities
Up to 80 seated and 150 standing.
Catering Numbers
As above.
Catering Booking
Advance booking is required.
Function Facilities
Function facilities are available in and take place in the
gallery, numbers as for catering numbers.
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Borough Market
London SE1
London’s oldest food market, Borough Market was functioning
when the Romans built the first London Bridge nearby and this
year it celebrates 250 years on its current site. Housed in a
warren of streets and alleys beneath railway bridges and cast iron
and glass canopies, the Market has over the past decade become
Great Britain’s most important source of fine food. On Fridays and Saturdays the
retail market seethes with delicious fragrances and flavours and people flock to taste
and buy special ingredients, whilst fruit and vegetables continue to be supplied to
London’s finest restaurants by the Market’s whole traders, working from 2am to 8am
every night.
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Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum
40 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 1UN
Tel: 020 7403 5650
The Museum stands in an area that was once the Heart of London’s tea trade. It
hosts evocative displays and a large array of tea and coffee vessels, which bring to
life the romance of two of the world’s most famous beverages. The café is well
known for its wide range of tea, coffee and cakes.
Opening Times
Daily 10am – 6pm
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Admission Prices
Adults £4.00; Children £3.00; Concessions £3.50;
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £10.00
Group size
'Tour, Talk and Tea' visits for groups from 20 to 50. The tour
around the tea section takes 30 minutes, the talk about the old
and new history of the UK tea trade lasts 35 minutes and the
new history of the UK tea trade lasts 35 minutes. Afternoon or
Cream Tea is accompanied by live piano music.
Advance Booking
Required for groups
Guided Tours
Specific talks can be given upon request
Disabled Facilities
Fully accessible with lift and toilet facilities are available.
Overseas Visitors
Guide books available in French, German, Italian, Spanish
and Japanese.
Catering Facilities
Afternoon Tea (sandwiches, hot crumpet/teacake, cake and
tea) and Cream Tea (scones, clotted cream & jam, tea and
Catering Numbers
Up to 50 people as a group; standing receptions up to 100
Catering Booking
Advance booking required
Function Facilities
Evening hire available from 6:30pm by arrangement.
Other Facilities
Seminars on both tea and coffee can be arranged for a fee.
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The Clink Prison Museum
1 Clink Street, Bankside SE1 9DG
Tel: 020 7403 0900
Fax: 020 7403 5813
A museum for those who want to delve into Southwark’s more chilling past. On the
site of the original ‘Clink’ prison, this fascinating exhibition examines some of
London’s more unsavoury past. The prison known as ‘The Clink’ from the 15 th
Century was owned by successive Bishops of Winchester, and from the 12 th century
until it’s destruction in 1780, its inmates ranged from priests to prostitutes. The Clink
held inmates involved with many famous events including The Babington plot and
even the sailing of the Mayflower.
Opening Times
Winter Nov - June
10am – 6pm Mon - Fri ( last admission 17: 30)
10am – 9pm Sat – Sun ( last admission 20: 30)
Closed Christmas Day
Summer July – Oct
10am – 9pm daily (last admission 20:30)
Admission Prices
Adults: £5.00; Children £3.50; Concessions £3.50;
Family £12.00
Group Sizes
Min 10. Max 60+
Group Rates
Please enquire for details.
Advance Booking
Required for groups
Guided Tours
Tour guides available.
Concessions to
Please enquire for details.
School Packages
Education packs, school discounts. Links with National
Disabled Facilities
Not recommended for physically disabled, as there is limited
wheelchair access. However please contact for special
Overseas Visitors
Information is available upon request.
Function Facilities
Please enquire for details.
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The Golden Hinde Educational Museum
St. Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, Bankside SE1 9DE
Tel Bookings: 08700 11 8700
Fax: 0207 407 5908
The Golden Hinde was built to a full size replica of Sir Francis
Drake’s 16th Century Flagship. In the Golden Hinde, Drake circumnavigated the
Globe, an accomplishment that the present ship has also achieved. Her creeks,
smells and low headroom easily transport the visitor back in time to a more colourful,
but definitely less comfortable era!
Opening Times
Open 7 days a week. 10am - 6pm.
Admission Prices
Adults £6.00; Child £4.50; Concessions £4.50;
Family £12.00
Group Sizes
Maximum 50 people on the ship at any one time.
Group Rates
One free place for every eight visitors
Advance Booking
We recommend that groups of 20+ book in advance.
Guided Tours
A private guided tour must be arranged in advance, at an
additional charge of £20 per group.
Free entry for drivers & guides
School Packages
Excellent schools resources with many links to the National
Curriculum at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. Resources for pupils and
teachers available to download free from website.
Disabled Facilities
Registered Disabled people can visit the ship for free.
However, due to the Tudor design of the ship, access for
people with motor disabilities is extremely restricted, and
wheelchair access is not possible.
Overseas Visitors
Self-guides will be available in French, German, Russian,
Spanish and Japanese from January 2007
Function Facilities
Ship available for events and wedding hire, max. 80 people.
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Jerwood Space
171 Union Street, Bankside SE1 0LN
Tel: 020 7654 0171
Fax: 020 7654 0172
A visit to the Jerwood Space lets you enjoy its acclaimed contemporary art
exhibitions featuring young artists and refreshments in the adjacent stylish & relaxed
café. The Glasshouse and Courtyard provide year-round al-fresco dining and these
spaces, along with the studios, are available for both corporate and private
Opening Times
Mon - Sat 10am – 5pm (weekends may vary; call or check
website before setting out).
Admission Prices
Group Sizes
Please call Gallery to pre arrange.
Disabled Facilities
Disabled facilities are available.
Catering Facilities
Café/restaurant open weekdays.
Catering Numbers
Café: 70
Events: 100 people seated; 300 people standing (buffet)
Catering Booking
Lunch Reservations - 020 7654 0100
Function Facilities
Available - please enquire on 020 7654 0171
Rose Theatre Exhibition
56 Park Street, Bankside SE1 9AR
Tel: 020 7902 1500
The Rose, built in 1587, was the first Elizabethan Theatre on Bankside. The actual
remains are protected but the exhibition includes an illuminated display and video
presentation. The Rose Theatre Trust is always planning new events to be staged
at the Rose and such events often incorporate Open Days. Shakespeare’s Globe
Exhibition offers tours of the Rose to pre-booked groups.
For further information you can telephone Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition on 020
7902 1500 or email or visit the
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Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT
Tel: 0207 902 1500
Fax: 0207 902 1515
The world-famous Shakespeare's Globe is dedicated to the experience and
understanding of Shakespeare in performance. Located on London's Bankside, it
shares its discoveries with people of all ages and nationalities through a diverse
education programme, an acclaimed theatre and a renowned visitor experience and
guided theatre tour.
Opening Time
Admission Prices
Group Sizes
Group Rates
Advance Bookings
Guided Tours
School Packages
Disabled Facilities
Overseas Visitors
Catering Facilities
October - April, 10am to 5pm daily
May - September, 9am to 5pm daily
Theatre tours until 12.30pm Mon - Sat, 9am -11.30am Sun
Please call in advance for specific availability of exhibition and
Adult £9; Seniors and Students £7.50;
Children £6.50; Family £25 (up to 2 adults + 3 children)
Min 15
£8.50 -1 free ticket in every 16
Must be booked in advance
Guided tours are included in the admission to the exhibition.
For booked groups of 15 or more, we allocate a guide to the
group. Guided tours of nearby Rose Theatre site upon
The exhibition is accessible to children from the age of 5
upwards and is suitable for Key Stages 1 -3, including such
topics as Tudor History, technology and Citizenship. The
Globe Education Centre offers workshops, lectures, teacher
and student packs.
Wheelchair access. ( toilet and lift on site) Wheelchairs for
loan( booking necessary)
A comprehensive access guide is available on request: call
020 7902 1409.
Tours are offered in English only, but booked groups are
welcome to bring their own translator, whom the tour guide
will be pleased to accommodate.
Information leaflets available in English only.
Guidebooks available in English, German and French.
Restaurant, Café and Coffee Shop, available to visitors and
non-visitors to the theatre and exhibition.
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Southwark Cathedral
Bankside SE1 9DA
Group Bookings Tel: 020 7367 6734
London’s oldest Gothic church building, it was formerly a Priory
served by Regular Canons of St Augustine, which later became the parish church for
Bankside actors, including William Shakespeare. It has interesting theatrical links and
features memorials to merchants and royal servants. The Harvard Chapel
commemorates the US University benefactor, baptized here in 1607. It is now the
Anglican Cathedral for South London.
Opening Times
Admission Prices
Group Sizes
Advance Bookings
Guided Tours
School Packages
Disabled Facilities
Catering Facilities
Catering Numbers
Function Facilities
Overseas Visitors
Pre-booked tour groups are welcome from 9am – 5pm, daily
(subject to services) except Good Friday, Easter Day and
Christmas Day.
Lead Prices:
Groups with a Cathedral Guide:
Adults £4.00; Senior Citizens and Students £3.50
Groups with External Guide:
Adults £3.00; Senior Citizens and Students £2.50
Concessionary Rates for Tour Companies:
50p off above prices
Min 10, Max 53 per guide
Pre-booked guided tours are available. Audio tour wands can
be hired for a small fee. Subject to the availability of guides,
tours are available in French, German and Italian. Translators
Guide/group organiser enters free
There is an education centre linked to the National Curriculum
KS1-3 in all subject areas. Advance booking is essential. Tel:
020 7367 6715
Wheelchair access and toilets. A wheelchair is available on
request. Please ask the Visitors’ Officer for a Cathedral’s
Access leaflet or download from
Cathedral Refectory open daily from Mon-Fri 8.30-6pm, Sat &
Sun 10-6pm
Seating for 80 people: in summer increased with outside
courtyard seating.
Meeting rooms are available. Call 020 7367 6722.
A basic information leaflet is available in: Chinese, Czech,
Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian,
Slovak, and Spanish.
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Tate Modern
Bankside SE1 9TG
Tel: 020 7401 5177
Tate Modern welcomes group visitors and offers a range of special
packages. There are major temporary exhibitions as well as displays which include
works by artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol. Housed in the
former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, Tate Modern is
the most popular modern art museum in the world.
Opening Times
Sun - Thurs 10am – 6pm
Fri – Sat 10am – 10pm
Closed 24th – 26th December
Admission Prices
Free, except for temporary exhibitions
School Packages
Through gallery tours, free workshops and lively talks led by
artists and gallery educators, pupils can explore their own
responses to art works and increase their understanding of
British and international art. Phone Education Bookings on
020 7887 3959.
Disabled Facilities
There is level access at both entrances to Tate Modern and
lifts to all floors. For more information on a wide range of
disabled facilities call 020 7887 8888.
Catering Facilities
The Tate Cafe on Level 2 serves beverages and light meals,
and the Tate Restaurant offers an eclectic menu and
innovative wine list (for reservations call 020 7401 5050). An
Espresso Bar is also situated on Level 4.
Function Facilities
Please contact above number for full details.
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1 Bank End, Bankside SE1 9BU
Tel: 0870 241 4040
Perfect your wine tasting techniques at Vinopolis, London’s unique wine tasting
attraction. Located in London's vibrant Bankside, Vinopolis is located within an
impressive three-acre site set under spectacular Victorian arches. Experience
imaginative, self-guided tours that take you around the world's wine producing
regions including France, Italy, Australia and California. Sample a wide variety of
wines and spirits as well as enjoying a 20-minute demonstration showing you how to
taste wine like a professional.
Opening Times
Mon, Thurs & Fri 12pm – 10pm
Tue, Wed – Closed
Sat 11-9pm
Sun 12-6pm
Bank Holidays and December opening times may vary, please
check the website.
Admission Prices
From £17.50 per person
Advance Bookings
Guided Tours
Available on request
Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair access and toilets
Catering Facilities
4 bars and restaurants: Brew Wharf, Bar Blue, Cantina
Vinopolis and Wine Wharf.
Catering Numbers
Please call to discuss your requirements.
Function Facilities
Stunning meeting and conference rooms available to hire.
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Menier Chocolate Factory
51/53 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 1RU
Box Office: 020 7378 1712
Built in the 1870’s to house a chocolate factory, this historical
building has now been converted in to a leading arts complex which includes a
gallery restaurant, theatre and rehearsal space.
Opening Times
Mon – Sat 10am - 6pm excluding Bank Holidays.
Theatre open Tuesday – Sunday (please check listings for
show times) Restaurant open Tue – Sun 12pm – 3pm, Tues –
Sat 6pm – 11pm.
Admission Prices
Tickets from £17.50 (pre theatre meal & ticket for the show
deals available – please check listings for prices (The Gallery
is free entry)
Group Sizes
Max 150
Group Rates
Advance Bookings
Required for theatre
Guided Tours
No guided tours
School Packages
Available, contact directly
Disabled Facilities
Overseas Visitors
Catering Facilities
Restaurant on site
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The Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT
Tel: 020 7401 9919
Fax: 020 7902 1400
The Globe Theatre is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air
playhouse designed in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote
many of his greatest plays. The theatre season runs from May to early October with
productions of the work of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and modern authors.
Each year the Globe Theatre Company rediscovers the dynamic relationship
between the audience and the actor in this unique building. The Globe also
welcomes international theatre companies to share the impact Shakespeare's plays
have had worldwide. Today, audiences of this 'wooden O' sit in a gallery or stand
informally as a groundling in the yard, just as they would have done 400 years ago.
Opening Times
Evening performances: usually Mon – Sat 7.30pm &
Sun 6.30pm
Matinee performances: usually Tues – Sat 2pm &
Sun 1pm
Please consult our performance schedule for exact details.
Booking opens mid-February.
Ticket Prices
Adults: £5 / £15 / £20 / £27/ £33
Concessions (children under 16, Friends of Shakespeare's
Globe and registered disabled plus one companion):
£5 / £12 / £17 / £24 / £30
No discounts on £5 tickets.
All seats are priced according to visibility.
Group Sizes
Min 15
Group Rates
One free ticket for every 10 seat tickets booked. Please note
that there is limited availability for groups in all areas of the
theatre. Adults accompanying groups aged 18 and under will
be allocated tickets in the same area as their group.
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Advance Bookings
Advance booking is recommended at or
through the Box Office, located in the main foyer at
Shakespeare's Globe, open Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm (8pm on
performance days), Sun from May 5th onwards 10am - 5pm
(7pm on performance days).
Guided Tours
Guided tours are available throughout the year (for details
refer to Shakespeare’s Globe entry in the Attractions section)
School Packages
School, college and university group bookings should be made
through the Box Office, tel 020 7401 9919, fax 020 7902 1475
(please quote the reference 'Educational Group Bookings'
whenever contacting the Box Office).
Disabled Facilities
Those who may have problems climbing stairs, or who suffer
from vertigo, are advised to request tickets in the lower gallery.
Assistance can be requested for those with mobility difficulties.
Please contact the Duty House Manager on arrival. A
comprehensive access guide is available on request: call 020
7902 1409.
Overseas Visitors
Information leaflets available in English only. Guidebooks are
available from the Globe Shop in English, French and
Catering Facilities
There is a Restaurant, Cafe and coffee-shop, available to
visitors and non-visitors to the theatre and exhibition.
Gift Shop
Open daily 10am - 6pm and evenings of theatre
performances. Available to visitors and non-visitors to the
theatre and exhibition.
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Must-Do Bankside for Overseas Groups
Start the day with a little history at Southwark Cathedral, followed by a walk around
Bankside with one of the Cathedral guides. For lunch head into Borough Market,
where you will find Roast, a restaurant dedicated to the best of British cooking,
perfect for groups from overseas.
In the afternoon walk westwards along the river walkway, past Sir Francis Drake’s
ship the Golden Hinde, the Clink Prison Museum and Vinopolis to Tate Modern.
Admire the impressive art installation in Tate Modern’s turbine hall and then enjoy
one of the gallery’s temporary exhibitions. In 2007 the exhibitions planned are
‘Gilbert & George’ and ‘Dalí and Film’.
In the summer, finish the day with a pre-theatre meal at Shakespeare’s Globe
restaurant and an evening performance at The Globe Theatre.
In the winter, enjoy a pint of local George Ale and a meal at the George Inn, the only
remaining galleried inn in London.
Must-Do Bankside for Domestic Groups
Start the day at the impressive Tate Modern, admiring the impressive art installation
in the gallery’s turbine hall and then enjoy one of the temporary exhibitions. Enjoy
views from the Tate’s restaurant on Level 7 over lunch or for some pub grub enjoy a
meal with a view at the Founder’s Arms public house on the river walkway outside
Tate Modern.
Find out more about Bankside’s history with a guided tour by London Walks, followed
by tea, coffee and scrumptious home-baked cakes at Southwark Cathedral’s
Refectory before visiting the Cathedral itself.
In the summer, finish the day with a pre-theatre meal at Shakespeare’s Globe
restaurant and an evening performance at The Globe Theatre.
In the winter, perfect your wine tasting techniques at Vinopolis on a self-guided tour
that takes you around the world's wine producing regions including France, Italy,
Australia and California, with the chance to sample a wide variety of wines and
Discover Hidden Bankside!
Start discovering Bankside’s hidden gems and off-the-beaten track attractions with a
visit to Shakespeare’s Globe where you can book a tour not only of Shakespeare’s
Globe Exhibition and Theatre but also the site of The Rose Theatre, the first
Elizabethan Theatre on Bankside.
To escape the crowds, head to the Jerwood Space for lunch. Café 171’s
Glasshouse and Courtyard make for year-round al-fresco dining and the adjoining art
gallery gives you respite from the crowds on the riverside.
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Have you wondered what it’s like to sail aboard a Tudor galleon? Take a guided tour
of the reconstruction of the Golden Hinde, Sir Francis Drake’s ship in which he
circumnavigated the world.
Stop for a proper pot of tea or coffee or splash out on Cream Tea at the Bramah
Museum of Tea and Coffee and discover the history of the world’s two favourite
Back on the riverfront, Bankside Gallery runs an exciting programme of exhibitions
featuring watercolours and prints that are also for sale at affordable prices.
End the day with a pre-theatre meal at the Menier Chocolate Factory Restaurant and
take in a show in their theatre before it hits the West End!
Bankside for Foodies
Food lovers will find lots to stimulate the taste buds in Bankside.
Pay a visit to Borough Market, Great Britain’s best gourmet market, to see
why the likes of Jamie Oliver shop here — it’s open to the public on Fridays
and Saturdays. Truffles, teas, jars of delicacies make perfect gifts for those at
Enjoy the produce from Borough Market and the best of British cooking at
Roast, a restaurant housed in Borough Market’s Floral Hall. Or try their new
Afternoon Teas.
Vinopolis, London’s wine tasting attraction, takes you on a tour around the
world's wine producing regions including France, Italy, Australia and California
in the vaults of the railway arches, with the chance to sample a wide variety of
wines and spirits.
Enjoy a meal at Cantina Vinopolis, created by award winning (Michelin,
Carlton, Time Out etc.) restaurateurs Claudio Pulze and Trevor Gulliver with
the wonderful opportunity to select a great wine list from around the world.
Stop for a proper pot of tea or coffee at the Bramah Museum of Tea and
Coffee and discover the history of the world’s two favourite drinks.
Brew Wharf is a microbrewery, restaurant and bar, inspired by the traditional
brasseries of Europe whilst the George Inn, that brews its own George Ale, is
the only remaining galleried inn in London.
The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis has possibly the greatest selection of
whisky in London... if not the world! With over 1000 whiskies and premium
spirits, it’s a whisky lover’s paradise.
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More Than a Day
Extend your group’s visit with an overnight stay in the area and cover more than one
of the above itineraries by spending a night (or two) at one of the hotels below.
Bankside House Residence
24 Sumner Street, Bankside SE1 9JA
Tel: 020 7633 9877
Fax: 020 7574 6730
Open throughout the summer months, Bankside House offers value for money
accommodation in the heart of historic Southwark, just behind Tate Modern and the
Millennium Bridge and close to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and a number of other
attractions. The majority of rooms have private bathrooms and all have their own
telephones. On the lower ground floor you will find the bar, games room, television
lounge, coin-operated laundrette and ironing room. The residence will be operating
as a hotel from 30th June - 29th September 2007.
Halls of Residence
Full English and Continental Breakfast included
Catering Facilities
Dinner and lunch can be provided at additional cost for
sufficiently large groups. Please contact us for further details.
Disabled Facilities
32 specially designed rooms
Available all year round for up to 180 people
Sports Facilities
Not available
Transport Links
Nearest station: Southwark (Jubilee Line)
London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines and mainline
services) and Waterloo International (Northern, Bakerloo and
Jubilee Lines, mainline services and Eurostar) are 10 minutes
away on foot
N.B. We are expecting MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORK in the area of Bankside
House UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Even though building is limited to normal daylight
hours, guests should be aware of the potential for noise and disturbance
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Express by Holiday Inn
103-109 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 0JQ
Tel: 0207 401 2525
Fax: 0207 401 3322
The Express by Holiday Inn offers great value for money and a superb central
location to make yours a comfortable stay in the capital. Situated in the heart of
Bankside behind Tate Modern, visitors will be within walking distance of some of
London’s major attractions including the London Eye.
The Express by Holiday Inn London – Southwark boasts 88 contemporary style
bedrooms, each individually air conditioned, offering guests a comfortable and
friendly stay. All our spacious rooms have en-suite facilities, power-shower, direct
dial telephones, modem points at work stations, Pay-movies and satellite television.
3 Star
Continental buffet included
Catering Facilities
The hotel’s lounge bar is open every evening and is an ideal
place to relax over a drink or meet with business associates
Disabled Facilities
Specially designed rooms
Sports Facilities
Transport Links
Southwark (Jubilee Line); 10 minutes walk from London
Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines; mainline services)
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Mercure London City Bankside
71-79 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 0JA
Telephone: 020 7902 0800
Fax: 020 7902 0810
The Mercure London City Bankside is a stylish, contemporary and comfortable 3
stars deluxe hotel next to Bankside’s tourist attractions and 10 minutes from the West
End. All 144 rooms are en-suite with modern styling and The Loft Restaurant and
Bar offers an extensive ‘brasserie style’ menu.
Full English: £13.50; Continental: £9.50
Catering Facilities
The Loft Restaurant and Bar offers both traditional and
contemporary dishes and a wide selection of beers, wines and
spirits. Excellent bar snacks also available throughout the day.
Disabled Facilities
Specially designed rooms
Sports Facilities
A well equipped gymnasium for exclusive use of hotel guests
Transport Links
Southwark (Jubilee Line); 10 minutes walk from London
Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines; mainline services)
Novotel London City South
53-61 Southwark Bridge Road, Bankside SE1 9HH
Tel: 020 7089 0400
Fax: 020 7089 0410
The hotel is the first new build Novotel to incorporate an entirely new stylish and
contemporary design in all 182 bedrooms including 4 suites. These well-equipped
Novation bedrooms offer a double bed with a two-seater sofa bed, or an armchairplus a unique pivoting desk for working and dining.
4 Star
Continental £9.95; English Buffet £13.50
Catering Facilities
Garden Brasserie Restaurant (Breakfast: 6am - 10am, Dinner:
6pm - 11pm) and Clinks Bar (8am till late)
Sports Facilities
Roof-top fitness centre with sauna & steam room
Transport Links
London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines, mainline
Disabled Facilities
10 Specially designed rooms
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Premier Travel Inn London Southwark
Anchor, 34 Park Street, Bankside SE1
Tel: 0870 990 6402
Fax: 0870 990 6403
Continental: £5:25; English: £7.50
Catering Facilities
The Anchor a la carte restaurant with views over the Thames
and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Disabled Facilities
Specially designed rooms
Sports Facilities
Transport Links
Cannon Street (Circle and District Lines; mainline services);
London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines; mainline
Southwark Rose Hotel
43-47 Southwark Bridge Road, Bankside SE1 9HH
Tel: 0207 0151 480
Fax: 020 7015 1481
This is London’s only budget hotel with boutique style. The sleek, contemporary
lines lift your spirits and uplift your mood the moment you walk through the hotel’s
modest entrance. There are no frills with us ~ you won’t hear us talking about
luxurious furnishings, lavish restaurants and trendy bars. What you will experience
however, are high standards of design, stylish but simple décor and, perhaps most
importantly, refreshingly affordable prices.
3 Star
Breakfast served from 7am
Catering Facilities
Executive penthouse lounge on 6th floor with bar and
restaurant serving international cuisine
Disabled Facilities
Specially designed rooms
Sports Facilities
Use of Local Gym Free for Residents of the Hotel
Transport Links
London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines; mainline
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St Christopher’s Inn
161 – 165 Borough High Street, Bankside SE1 1HR
Tel: 020 7407 1856
Fax: 020 7403 7715
There are three St Christopher's hostels situated just around the corner from London
Bridge Station on Borough High Street close to Borough Market, known as ‘London’s
Larder’. They are ideally situated for exploring London with the new Tate Modern
gallery, The Globe Theatre, Southwark Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of
London only minutes away.
The three hostels offer clean secure multi-bed dormitories with swipe card access for
4, 6 or 8 people and groups are also welcome. Facilities include plenty of showers
and toilets, a basement ‘chill out’ lounge with pool table, satellite TV, CDs, videos
and games, access to Internet terminals, big screen showing the latest sport and
videos, full laundry facilities and a large bar serving meals ‘around the clock’. The
Village has its own roof terrace hot tub and sauna as well as its own club – Belushi’s!
Orient Expresso has its own coffee shop and The Original its own recently
refurbished traditional pub with a late license. No matter which location you choose
the facilities of all are available to all St Christopher's guests!
Continental Breakfast included in above prices
English Breakfast: £3.50
Catering Facilities
Small self-catering kitchen
Evening meal: £4.90;
Packed lunch (junior): £2.90
Packed lunch (standard): £3.80
Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair accessible but please ensure you book in
advance to avoid disappointment
Sports Facilities
Not available
Transport Links
Nearest station: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines
and mainline services)
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Getting Here and Getting Around
On the south side of the river Thames, opposite the City of London and neighbouring
the more well-known South Bank, Bankside’s central location makes Bankside
extremely accessible, served by major rail and underground connections at London
Bridge and Waterloo. The Jubilee line and the river services provide a fast way of
getting you into the West End, whilst you’ll find buses offer a great alternative, with
frequent services and lots of routes. But the best way to explore London is on foot!
By Air
London City Airport is the closest airport to Bankside approximately 8 miles away
situated in London Docklands. It provides access from key European destinations
and can boast a quick passenger throughput. It is now directly linked to the
Docklands Light Railway, which connects with the Jubilee Line at Canning Town.
Tel: 020 7646 0088.
Stansted Airport
Stansted is adjacent to the 8a junction on the M11. The Stansted Express takes
visitors to London Liverpool Street in 45 minutes or for a cheaper option you can
easily pick up a National Express coach from the airport into London Victoria or
Stratford (change here for westbound Jubilee Line).
Tel: 0870 000 0303
Luton Airport
The Airport now offers passengers an extensive choice of both scheduled and
charter services including frequent departures to over 85 destinations, including
services to Europe, Africa and North America. Luton has excellent transport links by
road (M1, A1) and rail - 50 minutes to London Bridge from London Luton Airport
Parkway, located on the Thameslink line with courtesy buses shuttling passengers
between airport and station.
Tel: 01582 405 100
Gatwick Airport
Gatwick serves most European destinations and a wide range of transatlantic and
international cities. Gatwick is only a 30 minute train journey to London Bridge. There
are also efficient bus services from Gatwick into central London.
Tel: 0870 000 2468
Heathrow Airport
Situated west of London, it is the UK’s largest airport and provides Southwark with
links to over 250 international destinations. Heathrow is linked to London via the
Piccadilly Line and the Heathrow Express train service to Paddington. For Waterloo,
Southwark and London Bridge change at Green Park for the eastbound Jubilee Line.
Tel: 0870 0000 123
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By Train
Check for up to date information.
London Bridge – major terminus from south-east England, including the ports
of Dover, Ramsgate and Folkestone and for Thameslink services between
Bedford and Brighton via Gatwick Airport.
Waterloo – major terminus from southern and south west England, including
the port of Portsmouth and the destinations of Bath, Bristol and South Wales.
Waterloo East – trains from south-east England, including the ports of Dover,
Ramsgate and Folkestone.
Access and Mobility:
London Bridge station is fully accessible from the main entrance on Railway
Approach or Duke Street Hill entrance, access to the booking hall and platforms are
via lift or escalators. Ramps to platforms 1-6 are very steep; speak to station staff for
By Tube
Visit for more information.
The Jubilee and Northern Line serve Southwark and London Bridge stations. The
Northern Line (London Bridge branch) provides a direct link to Kings Cross, St
Pancras and Euston stations. The modern extension of the Jubilee Line (Southwark
and London Bridge) provides direct links to the West End.
Southwark → Westminster — 4 minutes
Southwark → Bond Street — 8 minutes
London Bridge → Westminster — 6 minutes
London Bridge → Bond Street — 10 minutes
Southwark Station is convenient for the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe
(follow the orange lampposts from the station). If you are heading to Southwark
Cathedral or Vinopolis, London Bridge is your nearest option.
A walk over Blackfriars Bridge will take you to Blackfriars station for the Circle and
District Lines.
Access and Mobility:
 London Bridge station has step free access to platforms. Step free access to
the station is via the entrance on Duke Hill Street.
 Southwark station you can use without using stairs or escalators.
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By Boat
Check for timings.
Catamaran Cruisers are the main river boat operator operating via Bankside
Pier. Catamaran cruisers run sightseeing cruises between Embankment,
Waterloo, Bankside, Tower and Greenwich piers with live commentary
highlighting the key sights along the Thames.
Tel: 020 7987 1185
The Tate Boat runs every 40 minutes between Tate Modern and Tate Britain,
also stopping at the London Eye. It is operated by Thames Clippers and
tickets cost from £2.65.
Tel: 020 7887 8888
By Bus
Check for up to date information.
RV1 is a service that links Covent Garden, South Bank, Waterloo, Bankside, London
Bridge and Tower Gateway. For visitors it provides an easily recognisable link (due
to their distinctive icons) from many of London's most established attractions to some
of its newest, south of the river (over thirty attractions are connected by this service).
RV1 is fully integrated with Transport for London’s fares system.
London Bridge bus station is also a major terminus for many central London buses.
Access and Mobility:
The RV1 bus route has a low floor which is wheelchair accessible. Bankside is
served by a variety of bus routes, however they do not all offer low floors and
wheelchair accessibility. Please check before you travel.
By Coach
There are eight 20 minute set down/pick up points along Southwark Street and
at the south end of Southwark Bridge for attractions such as Shakespeare's Globe,
Tate Modern and Vinopolis. One point is located at the East end of Southwark Street,
which is conveniently placed for Southwark Cathedral, the Golden Hinde and
Borough Market.
At London Bridge there are three 30 minute set down/pick up bays at English
Grounds Turn into Battlebridge Lane from Tooley Street. The coach bays provide a
safe, riverside meeting place for groups close to HMS Belfast.
A little further away, Tower Hill Coach Park near the Tower of London offers a
mixture of drop-off and parking spaces. Tower Place also provides excellent toilet
facilities and a waiting area. For more information see
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On Foot
Bankside is opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and can be reached by walking across
Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge or the Millennium Bridge.
The Thames Path running along by the side of the river is car free so walking from
Tower Bridge in the east or the London Eye and the South Bank in the west offers an
enjoyable stroll with many spectacular views passing some of London’s main
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Other Services Available
Guided Tours & Tour Guides
There are a number of recommended tour guide companies that can take you round
the area, giving you historical facts and quirky stories about the area, making sure
you discover all those hidden gems.
London Walks makes the new familiar and the familiar new. London Walks
conducts over 100 walks a week, 365 days a year. Their guides include authors,
journalists, actors and the crème de la crème of professionally qualified Blue Badge
and City of London guides. A London Walks leaflet can always be picked up at the
Founders Arms pub, on the riverfront near Tate Modern. “The first and best of the
walking tour companies” (Fodor’s Great Britain).
Tel: 020 7624 3978
Southwark Cathedral Guides also offer escorted Walks of Historic Bankside at a
cost £3 per person.
Tel: 020 7367 6734
Individual guides can also be found through the following organisations:
Southwark Tour Guides Association
Tel: 020 8333 5484
Association of Professional Tourist Guides
50 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN, Tel: 020 7717 4064
The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides
52 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XT, Tel: 020 7403 1115
Hospitality and Banqueting
Make your group’s experience really special with a private lunch or dinner at one of
the above venues (see Function Facilities).
Bankside Guide & Map
A useful compact guide to Bankside featuring short entries for each of the area’s
attractions and restaurants plus an orientation map to give to those booking your
tour. To request Bankside Guides and Map, please contact Valentina Diamanti-Fox
We can provide a selection of images of Bankside for your websites and brochures.
To request images, please contact Valentina Diamanti-Fox at
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Familiarisation Trips
We can arrange attraction visits and destination tours for familiarisation purposes.
To express your interest in participating in a familiarisation trip, please contact
Valentina Diamanti-Fox at
Useful Contacts
London Travel Information: 020 7222 1234
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50
Accident & Emergency:
St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1; Tel: 020 71887188
Open 24 hours a day
Minor Injuries Unit:
Guy's Hospital, St Thomas Street, SE1; Tel: 020 7188 3878
Open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Southwark Police:
323 Borough High Street, SE1; Tel: 020 7378 1212
Visitor information – further information and literature can be obtained from:
Southwark Tourist Information, Tel: 020 7357 9168;
Published by Better Bankside
Valentina Diamanti-Fox, Marketing and Events Manager
Irwin House, 118 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 0SW
Tel: 020 7928 4015
Establishments included within this publication do not imply a recommendation or approval. Whilst
every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide, Better Bankside
cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions or changes that may have occurred since
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